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Sindhu storms into World Badminton Championships semis, assures India of bronze

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Published: 09 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU (China): Rising shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday created history by becoming the first Indian woman singles player to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships after scoring an upset win over local favourite Shixian Wang of China to enter the semifinals.

Playing in her maiden World Championships, Sindhu, seeded 10th, had an easy outing against the World No. 8 and seventh seeded Wang. The Indian took just 55 minutes to get the better of her fancied Chinese opponent 21-18, 21-17.

World No. 12, Sindhu will take on the winner of the match between Carolina Marin and Ratchanok Intanon in the last four round.

Before Sindhu, Prakash Padukone won a medal in the World Championships way back in 1983 when he bagged a bronze in the men singles event in Copenhagen, while the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged another bronze for India in the last edition of the tournament at London in 2011.


Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan on course for final clash

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Published: 09 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU, China Top-seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and defending champion Lin Dan scored impressive quarterfinal wins Friday to stay on course for a much-anticipated men's final clash at the Badminton world championships.

Lee, who has lost to Lin in two Olympic finals as well as the last world championships in 2011, scored an easy 21-6, 21-9 victory over eighth-seeded Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto to set up a semifinal clash with third-seeded Du Pengyu of China.

Lin, unseeded after injuries and family commitments restricted his participation in international events over the past year, knocked out second-seeded Chinese compatriot Chen Long 21-13, 22-20.


Lin Dan beats Chen Long to enter semis at badminton worlds

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Published: 09 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU, China, Aug. 9 -- Badminton superstar Lin Dan of China beat teammate Chen Long in a close quarter-final 21-13, 22-20 to reach the top four of men's singles at the badminton world championships here on Friday.

Arguably the most decorated shuttler of all time, Lin returned to badminton after a year on the sidelines. He dropped to No. 286 in the newly-published world rankings and entered the tournament with a wild card.

World No. 2 Chen is obviously in form of his life at the moment. Therefore the two Chinese shuttlers' encounter was highly anticipated.

Reigning champion Lin, who has not been stretched in the first three rounds, met hard resistance from second seeded Chen in the quarter-finals.

Both players showed good defense and attack skill at the start of the opening set, but Lin scored seven points in a row to build an 18-10 lead and eventually took the first set 21-13. Chen seemed a bit irritated when lagging behind.


China's Lin, Lee through to world badminton quarter-finals (pic)

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Published: 08 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU  - China's badminton superstar Lin Dan made it through to the quarter-finals of the world championships Thursday, with arch rival Lee Chong Wei also booking a place.

"Super Dan" made a shaky start against Malaysian Chong Wei Feng, who surged to a 7-2 lead in the first game of their third-round match.

Defending champion Lin, who had not been stretched in his first two matches, came under pressure from 15th seed Chong and was forced to dive around the court as his opponent found all the angles.China's Lin, Lee through to world badminton quarter-finals

Lin vented his frustration, talking to himself and hitting his head with his racket in the first game after he sent a shot wide.

"I didn't have a good start today because we had only played two matches before and I wasn't used to his style and tactics," Lin told reporters after the match.


Lin Dan romps into quarterfinals at badminton worlds

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Published: 08 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU, South China, Aug. 8 -- Badminton superstar Lin Dan of China outclassed Malaysia's Chong Wei Feng 22-10, 21-10 to enter men's singles quarter-finals at the badminton world championships here on Thursday.

Olympic champion Lin will have a a possible quarter-final encounter against teammate Chen Long, if the second seed beat another Malaysian Daren Liew in the third round later Thursday.

Lin, who has not been made work hard in the first two rounds, met hard resistance from his 15th seeded opponent in the opening set as Chong surged to a 7-2 lead.




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