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Japan Open champ is now the man to beat at Olympics (pic)

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Published: 28 September 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Chen Long’s victory over world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei at the Japan Open has marked him out as the shuttler to beat at next year’s Olympic Games in London.

On Sunday, the 22-year-old Chinese shuttler showed incredible determination to beat Malaysian Chong Wei 21-8, 10-21, 21-19 in one hour and 13 minutes to boost his confidence ahead of the Olympics.Earning respect: China’s Chen Long raising his winning plate on the podium after he won the Japan Open men’s singles title by beating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei 21-8, 10-21, 21-19 in the final on Sunday.

With the win over Chong Wei, who has been in dominant form this year, Chen Long has beaten all the top players in the world in his third year as a senior shuttler.

The 2007 world junior champion did beat Chong Wei in the 2009 India Open but then the Malaysian was in questionable form following a bout of food poisoning.

 

Badminton superstar Lin Dan out of Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 28 September 2011
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TOKYO — World and Olympic champion Lin Dan withdrew from the Japan Open on Saturday with an injured left foot, giving his teammate Chen Long a free ticket to the men's final.

Defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia earned the other place in Sunday's final when he eliminated two-time former Japan Open winner Peter Gade of Denmark 21-13, 21-16.Lin said the skin on his left foot came off after a tough match against another teammate

Chinese superstar Lin, the sport's biggest name and winner in Tokyo in 2004 and 2005, said the skin on his left foot came off after a tough match against another teammate, Chen Jin, in the quarter-finals on Friday.

"I was disappointed that I could not continue playing, but we have more tournaments for the race for the London Olympics, so I don't want to take a risk now," said Lin, 27.

 

Chen shocks Lee to win Japan Open badminton tournament (pic)

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Published: 28 September 2011
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On-song Chen Long claimed his second title in two weeks when he shocked world number one Lee Chong Wei to win the men's singles title at the Japan Open on Sunday.

The Chinese fourth seed, fresh from glory at the China Masters last weekend, dashed the Malaysian's defence of the title with a 21-8, 10-21, 21-19 victory.

In the women's singles final, Chinese world champion and number one Wang Yihan whipped the eighth-seeded Juliane Schenk of Germany 21-16, 21-14 in 43 minutes to regain the title she won in 2008 and 2009.Chen Long

"It's exciting. I didn't think about anything during the match. I'm younger and he (Lee) is strong. I was just lucky to win today," said Chen, 22, after winning the Japan Open for the first time.

 

China stamp domination at home

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Published: 19 September 2011
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Chinese shuttlers stamped their domination in world badminton once again when they won all but the men's doubles title in the China Masters super series in Changzhou on Sunday.

The Chinese team, which swept last month's world championships for the second year running, won four titles after securing one-two finishes in three out of the five events.

Chen Long won the men's singles title, defeating compatriot Chen Jin 21-16 22-20, while Jiang Yanjiao retired after injuring her knee to give team mate Wang Shixian the women's singles crown.

Women's doubles world champions Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli also retired, with the title going to their teenage team mates Huan Xia and Tang Jinhua.

"It is a pity that we couldn't finish the final. We were eager to defend our title but both of us aren't in the good condition," Yu said.

 

Chong Wei asked to help turn ‘softie’ player into a tough nut (pic)

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Published: 19 September 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: A plan is under way to toughen up back-up men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren.

And world number one Lee Chong Wei has been asked to help turn “softie” Daren into a tough nut.

National coach Tey Seu Bock believes Daren has the potential to take over Chong Wei’s place in the future.

“Daren is not tough enough on court. He has to change his attitude and be more aggressive like Chong Wei,” said Seu Bock.

“I want him to pick up some positive traits from Chong Wei like playing with more confidence,” added Seu Bock.

 

Daren has shown improvement in his game over the last few months. The only thing lacking is that he does not strike fear into his opponents.

In the Taiwan Open a week ago, Daren pulled off a stunning win over third seeds Lee Hyun-il of South Korea in the second round.

But hours later, he went down tamely to Thai youn­gster Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.Lacking something: Liew Daren needs to be more aggressive like Lee Chong Wei.

His mixed fortunes in Taiwan saw him moving up eight rungs from 53rd to 45th in the world – his best ranking in his career so far.

“Chong Wei is really committed to help Daren. If Daren continues with his determination to change for the better, I believe he has a chance to challenge for a medal at the Indonesia SEA Games in December,” said Seu Bock.

 

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