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'Chong Wei is my idol'

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Published: 20 May 2013
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CHEN Long, touted as China's future world champion, ironically looks up to World No 1 Lee Chong Wei as motivator.

The 24-year-old admitted yesterday he is grateful to Chong Wei for his success, despite having beaten the Malaysian several times.

Chong Wei's winning attitude has been long-admired by Chen Long before the latter became an established shuttler in China.

"I admire Chong Wei's attitude on court. He does not fear his opponents. I adopted his philosophy and have become more confident on court," said Chen Long, the World No 2, at Putra Stadium yesterday.

"As a player, I still have a lot to learn from others. Chong Wei is mentally strong and this is the one thing I must do to become a good shuttler."

Chen Long is making his second appearance in the Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur following his debut two years ago in Qingdao, where hosts China won their eighth title. But he was only a reserve then and did not play a match.

 

The top two teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals.

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Indonesia team manager Rexy Mainaky, a former world and Olympic champion, tipped the Chinese to win their fifth consecutive Sudirman Cup, but believed that his team could still upset the top seeds.

"Maybe we also can beat them 5-0," Mainaky said with a laugh when told Chinese coach Li Yongbo is confident of beating Indonesia 5-0.

"We have a big squad to choose from and everything will be decided on the court."

The 1996 Atlanta Olympic men's doubles gold medallist has won all the major trophies in badminton except one -- the Sudirman Cup.

China thrashed India 5-0 on Sunday, but the defending champions were given a tough workout.

Mainaky said he had expected to beat India and was pleased with his players, especially women's singles Lindaweni Fanetri, as she kept calm to defeat P. V. Sindhu 21-15, 21-10.

He admitted world number two Saina Nehwal's absence through injury from the India team made it easier for her.

Meanwhile, Kashyap Parupalli who defeated Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21-18, 21-14 for India's lone point said losing Nehwal had been a big blow.

"If she was in the team, I think we could have stolen a point today and that would have lifted our players' spirits," he said.

 
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Sindhu shines for India after spectacular performance (pic)

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Published: 20 May 2013
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WOMEN singles players continue to bloom in India with another star P. V. Sindhu making her lovely presence felt.

The 17-year-old Sindhu showed that Malaysia is a happy hunting ground when she gave former All-England champion Wang Yihan a worthy fight before bowing out 21-19, 16-21, 14-21 in the Group A tie between India and China at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

She played the role as the first singles for the first time in the team event in the absence of her injured senior and Olympic Games bronze medallist Saina Nehwal.Promising players: India’s P. V. Sindhu returns a shot to China’s Wang Yihan during their Group A match at the Sudirman Cup yesterday. Inset: Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark.

India eventually lost 0-5 but Sindhu from Andra Pradesh can walk tall.

Just two weeks ago, she nailed her first career Open title with a determined showing at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold tournament at the Juara Stadium.

 

Chong Wei urges team-mates to bounce back from shock defeat to Taiwan (pic)

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Published: 20 May 2013
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ALTHOUGH visibly shocked and disappointed, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei made a clarion call to his team-mates to bounce back from their surprise 3-2 defeat to Taiwan.

Yesterday, Chong Wei and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were the only winners in Malaysia’s Group C opening tie against Taiwan at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.Back to you: Lee Chong Wei returns a shot to Taiwan’s Yang Chih-hsun during their Group C opening match at the Putra Stadium yesterday.

Hosts Malaysia had hoped for a flying start but top doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were blown apart 18-21, 18-21 by Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin in 31 minutes.

Sonia Cheah was expected to salvage the situation but she only lasted 28 minutes before bowing out at 7-21, 13-21 to a determined Tai Tzu-ying.

Like the saviour he had been for countless times, Chong Wei restored some order when he blew away Yang Chih-hsun 21-8, 21-13 in just 24 minutes to the delight of the home fans to keep Malaysia’s hope alive at 1-2.

 

Kien Keat-Boon Heong may not play in Group C tie against Germany

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IT looks like men doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong may not get a chance to play in Malaysia’s next Group C tie against Germany in the Sudirman Cup tomorrow.

Although a decision has not been made, all indications show they may be rested if the comments by chief coaches Rashid Sidek and Tan Kim Her are any indication during a post press conference after Malaysia’s shocking 2-3 defeat to Taiwan in their opening tie yesterday.

Rashid said that Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s 18-21, 18-21 loss to Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chai-hsin had sent a rippling effect on the team’s performances yesterday.

“I did not expect this. Our plan was to win the men’s doubles, men’s singles and mixed doubles but we could not deliver because of Koo-Tan’s defeat,” said Rashid.

 

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