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Lee-Chen rivalry resumes in Korean Open final (pic)

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Published: 11 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: The year’s first badminton tournament – the Korean Open – is set for a red-hot finale in chilly Seoul.

World No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei and second seed Chen Long of China were in sizzling form en route to overcoming their semi-final opponents on Saturday.

Chong Wei stood solid in the face of Kenichi Tago’s constant battering to prevail 21-17, 21-17 in 51 minutes while the lanky Chen Long packed off Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 21-15, 21-9 in 41 minutes. 

The opener saw Chong Wei losing his focus momentarily before making a comeback to nick it. The second game was nail-biting with both trading blow for blow before the 31-year-old Malaysian claimed his 15th win over the Japanese in 16 meetings.

But Chong Wei had better be wary of the lanky Chen Long, who is shaping up well for their first duel this year.

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Reward only success (pic)

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Published: 11 January 2014
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DESIRE: Choong Hann believes players must push harder to win titles

THE BA of Malaysia's (BAM) generous world ranking incentive and match bonus will only bear fruit if the national shuttlers cultivate a desire to achieve success.

Former international Wong Choong Hann, who enjoyed the benefits of the world ranking incentive and match bonus during his playing days, feels that the onus is on the players to earn quality results rather than settling for the minimum perks offered by BAM.

Choong Hann was one of the earliest players to receive as high as RM45,000 quarterly for being ranked among the top two in the men's singles and had also raked in lucrative match bonuses by consistently reaching the finals of grand prix events.

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Incentive rethink needed

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Published: 11 January 2014
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NO EFFECT: BAM's ranking, match bonuses lead to easily satisfied players

 LEE Chong Wei may have won nearly RM1 million in prize money last year but cash, it seems, does not motivate the other national players.

Or it could be that the players are easily satisfied and if that is the case, it has surely got to do with the BA of Malaysia's world ranking and match bonuses.

Chong Wei was the only Malaysian shuttler in the top 50 prize money earners list last year as several other national players have been enjoying BAM's world ranking incentive scheme without even winning an international title for years.

Under the BAM scheme, players ranked in the top 16 in the men's singles and top 12 in the other disciplines are eligible for quarterly bonuses.

The men's singles and doubles can earn up to RM34,000 and RM33,000 respectively every three months for remaining in the top two positions.

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Daren hoping for some good fortune this year (pic)

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Published: 11 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: This could be a bountiful year indeed for men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren – if his mother and the Chinese horoscope are to be believed!

Daren said that his mother, Woo Yoke Bee, believes that the year 2014 would see him “making lots of money”.

And the shuttler, who doesn’t believe in horoscopes, hopes that his mother is right, though.

“According to the Chinese calendar, this is the year of the horse. I was born in the year of the rabbit and my mother told me that ‘rabbits’ will do well this year.

“I do not believe all this but, hopefully, she is right,” he laughed.

The 26-year-old Daren could do with some good fortune, having gone through a bad patch towards the tailend of last year.

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Lee Chong Wei qualifies for Korean Open finals (pic)

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Published: 11 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: World badminton number one Lee Chong Wei is one step closer to winning the Korean Open Super Series Badminton Tournament Championship for the fourth time after confirming a slot in the finals on Sunday.

The Malaysian beat fifth-seeded Kenichi Tago from Japan 21-17, 21-17 in a thrilling 51-minute semi-final match at the Olympics 2 Stadium in Seoul on Saturday.

However, he is expected to receive stiff resistance from rival Chen Long of China, who disposed veteran Thai player Boonsak Ponsana 21-15 and 21-9.

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