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Dane loves to unwind with her Modern Family

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Published: 22 May 2013
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WE all indulge in a little guilty pleasure now and again.

It could be anything from randomly belting out cheesy love songs to watching Dirty Dancing on DVD – or even digging into our favourite ice-cream straight out of the tub!

But for Danish women’s and mixed doubles player Christinna Pedersen (pic) it’s watching the hit American TV series Modern Family.

“Travelling to different cities all year round can get a little bit monotonous at times ... so, it’s nice to be able to unwind in front of the TV,” said Pedersen.

“I like to watch movies and TV shows – my favourite now is Modern Family.”

The premise of the show, currently in its fifth season, revolves around Jay Pritchett as the patriarch of a “modern family” made up of his wife much younger wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and new baby Fulgencio as well as his two other children from his previous marriage – Claire and Mitchell, played by Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson – and their respective families.


Japanese upset Danes and Joo-bong is all smiles (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
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JAPAN chief coach Park Joo-bong was in good mood after avoiding China in the quarter-finals.

Yesterday, Japan upset Denmark 3-2 for the first time in the Sudirman Cup series to top Group D while eight-time champions China oozed class to romp past Indonesia 5-0 to top Group A.

Being seeded teams, they will not meet each other in tomorrow’s quarter-finals and that will surely strengthen his team’s chances of making the semi-finals for the first time.Joy and sorrow: Japan’s Kenichi Tago celebrates his win over Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen Tuesday.

“We have a fighting chance against any team but we sure are glad to have avoided China,” said Joo-bong.

“Japan have only beaten Denmark once in a team event and that was in the Uber Cup. We are truly pleased with the victory today.”

There was more joy for Joo-bong when his women’s doubles shuttlers Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi delivered on their promise by stunning the more-fancied Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl to clinch the winning point.


Denmark not prepared to take on mighty China just yet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
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DENMARK’S Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe may be the top ranked men’s doubles pair in the world but even they want to avoid facing China in the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup.

China have had the perfect start to the tournament in Group A – having thrashed India and Indonesia by similar 5-0 scorelines.

“Right now, there’s one team playing better than us and that’s China. On paper, they look very strong ... so, we don’t want to meet them just yet,” said Boe.

In their final Group D men’s doubles match yesterday, Mogensen-Boe were stretched to three games before eventually seeing off Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa 21-12, 16-21, 21-16 in 59 minutes.

“We definitely expected a tough match,” said Boe.

“We’ve played against them twice before but they played a lot of attacking shots this time which we weren’t prepared for.

“But we’re happy to win a point for Denmark.”


Hosts Malaysia make a tame exit at the hands of Germany (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
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THE Germans jumped with joy while the Malaysians walked out of the court with their heads hung low.

It’s all over for hosts Malaysia in the Sudirman Cup after they were beaten 3-2 in their Group C tie at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

It was Malaysia’s first-ever loss to Germany in a team event. And the Germans achieved it without their two key players – Marc Zwiebler and Juliane Schenk.

Germany join Taiwan in the quarter-finals from Group C tomorrow.No cheer: Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah celebrate their win over German pair Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler the Sudirman Cup at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil Tuesday.

Malaysia and Germany were tied at 2-2 after Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Tee Jing Yi lost their matches while Lee Chong Wei and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem won theirs.

The responsibility of clinching the winning point then fell on the shoulders of 2011 Indonesian Open champions Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei. Instead, the girls went down fighting 16-21, 21-16, 18-21 in a 63 minute battle to Birgit Michels-Johanna Golsizewski.


SUDIRMAN CUP: Rest must rise to check China dominance Read more: SUDIRMAN CUP: Rest must rise to check China dominance

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2013
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FORMER Olympic champion Park Joo Bong sees China's dominance in the Sudirman Cup as a mixed blessing for the competition.

China have been dominating the mixed team event since its inception in 1989, winning eight times. The team, led by World No 2 Chen Long, are expected to record their fifth straight win on Sunday.

Joo Bong, who led South Korea to wins in 1991 and 1993, said other teams must work harder to catch up with China.

"The Sudirman Cup has not lost its glitter because of China's dominance. Korea managed three titles, the last in 2003, while Indonesia won it once. It was much closer in the past but China have raced ahead due to hard work," said Joo Bong, the head coach of Japan, at Putra Stadium yesterday.




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