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Scheduling, dope test irk Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was less than pleased with the scheduling of the matches in the second round of the Denmark Open.

Chong Wei was scheduled to start his match against local lad Viktor Axelsen at 9pm (Danish time), but because of the long proceedings from the earlier matches, only started his match more than an hour later.Viktor Axelsen in a file photo. He was trounced by Lee Chong Wei 21-11, 21-17 in the Denmark Open second round.

He was also required to do a random dope test after the match which irked him because of the inconvenience of timing.

But Chong Wei did his talking on court as he gave the 19-year-old Axelsen, who stays just a few blocks from the tournament venue, a lesson in badminton with a 21-11, 21-17 win.

“I’m not too happy with the time the matches have been arranged to be honest,” said Chong Wei.

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Swollen foot ends Daren's Denmark campaign (pic)

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Published: 16 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): Liew Daren’s Denmark Open campaign suffered a premature ending after he was forced to retire from his first round match against India’s P. Kashyap with a swollen left foot on Wednesday.

World No. 16 Daren lasted only eight minutes when he conceded a walkover while trailing 4-11.

Daren’s French Open title defence next week is now at risk.

“I really don’t know what happened to my foot. I woke up this morning and it was badly swollen,” said Daren.

“I was fine during the practice sessions the past two days and I certainly did not twist my ankle.A swollen left foot forced Liew Daren to concede a walkover in his first round Denmark Open match against India’s P. Kashyap.

“There is no infection as well and I don’t think there’s any allergy involved.

“It’s definitely disappointing to exit this way ... I don’t even know if I can compete in next week’s French Open.”

Kashyap who will go on to face either home favourite Jan O Jorgensen or Japan’s Takuma Ueda, admitted that it would have been nicer to get more time on court.

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Sticking by partner works for Boe-Mogensen (pic)

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Published: 16 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): China, South Korea and Indonesia have experimented with splitting their doubles combinations but Danish doubles star Mathias Boe believes that sticking with his partner is definitely the way to go.

The 33-year-old Boe has played with several partners in his career but it is his partnership with Carsten Mogensen that has made the most impact.

The pair played 343 matches together and won a silver medal at the London Olympics. They were also runners-up at the World Championships in August.Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in a file photo. The pair have played 343 matches together and won a silver medal at the London Olympics.

China have split their Olympic gold medallists Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng and South Korea have also done away with current world No. 1 Lee Yong-dae-Ko Sung-hyun.

Indonesia have had no problems tinkering with their doubles pairs too and have enjoyed tremendous success with Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan winning the world title this year.

But, Boe, who is ranked third in the world with Mogensen, believes that “having the trust and understanding with my partner is the secret to our staying power”.

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Denmark Open: Peng Soon-Liu Ying scrape through first round (pic)

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Published: 16 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): It was a huge sigh of relief for mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying after they cleared their first round of the Denmark Open on Tuesday.

The world No. 5 pair had been going through a bad patch, losing in the first round of the World Championships and the Japan Open, both times to lower-ranked opponents.Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in a file photo. The mixed pair staged a comeback in the first round of the Denmark Open to beat Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand 19-21, 21-18, 21-19.

And it didn’t look like it would get any better as they struggled against world No. 8 Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand in the first round.

But despite trailing 9-15 in the rubber game, Peng Soon-Liu Ying staged a massive comeback to win 19-21, 21-18, 21-19.

The cheerful Peng Soon was simply relieved to have survived their first test.

“It was such a stressful match. We put so much pressure on ourselves,” said Peng Soon.

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Badminton player to watch – Kim Bruun (pic)

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Published: 16 October 2013
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ODENSE: Kim Bruun is an unusual badminton player.

The 20-year-old is of Korean descent but doesn’t speak the language and spent almost his entire life in Denmark.

He was adopted by a Danish family when he was just three months old.

“I’m actually adopted and I do not know who my real parents are. My adoptive parents are Danish, although my father is of Chinese descent. I grew up in Copenhagen,” said Bruun.Kim Bruun won the Danish national juniors twice, when he was 17 and 19. He was also a European Under-17 finalist in 2009, losing out to current world No. 21 Viktor Axelsen.

Growing up in a country where badminton flourishes inspired Bruun to pursue a career in the sport.

In fact he enjoyed a successful junior career, winning the Danish national juniors twice, when he was 17 and 19. He was also a European Under-17 finalist in 2009, losing out to current world No. 21 Viktor Axelsen.

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