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Daren eyes good show in Indonesia after missing Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 28 September 2011
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PETALING JAYA: National elite shuttler Liew Daren (pic) insists that he is not at all disappointed after missing out on the recently-ended Japan Open.

Instead, he is looking forward to the Indonesian Open GP Gold, which begins today.

Daren, who has shown good improvement to climb to No. 42 in the world rankings, had qualified for the Japan meet last week but was not given the green light to compete by the BA of Malaysia (BAM).Daren Liew

And the 24-year-old Daren, who reached the quarter-finals of the Vietnam Open last month, believes that “it is actually a blessing in disguise”.

“I’m not really disappointed about not going to Japan because I have been competing in a lot of tournaments lately,” said Daren, who also competed in the Taiwan Open and China Masters earlier this month.

“That deprived me of the opportunity to train and I’m actually glad I didn’t go because I finally got the last week to catch up on some training.”

For the Indonesian Open, Daren has been drawn against sixth seed Simon Santoso of Indonesia in the first round and is aware that it will not be a walk in the park.

If Daren can score an upset win over the 2009 SEA Games champion, he could face an easy path into the quarter-finals.

He could meet compatriot Misbun Ramdan Misbun in the second round and possibly Singapore’s Robin Gonansa in the third.

 

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

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Category: Badminton News
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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Category: Badminton News
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.

 

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