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Lin Dan says he won't quit China Open

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Published: 25 November 2011
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After easing into the third round of China Open with a two-set (21-16, 21-15) defeat of Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki in Shanghai on Thursday night, four-time badminton world champion Lin Dan of China dispelled speculation over his possible withdrawal from the tournament like he did here last year.

"I've hardly taken a break since French Open (in early November). I took part in a series of events held by the sponsors. Then I went to Dongguan and Hong Kong. I'm definitely tired. But I will not withdraw this time. I quit last year because I was coming off the Asian Games and hadn't adjusted my condition to it."

About his win in two straight sets, he said, "I played well in many aspects of the game, like in the opening of both sets, especially building an 8-2 lead in the first one."

"But he managed to catch up as I relaxed my vigilance a little bit."

He gives credit to Wong, who stunned Super Dan at the Denmark Open in October.

"He played terrific in Denmark, beating me and Lee Hyun-Il. And he has been called Hong Kong's Golden Boy. I feel great to play against him." Asked about his No 3 Olympic ranking, Lin replied with a smile.

"It depends on where my sponsors want me to be. If they need me to become No 1 in the ranking, then I'll go for it," he said.

As for the object of his thanks on Thanksgiving Day, he said his parents deserved it most: "father and mother, my family for their unselfish love. Also my fans."

 
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Cheer from mixed pair

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Published: 25 November 2011
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Unseeded Peng Soon-Liu Ying beat World No 2 for spot in last eight

MIXED doubles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying made an impact in the China Open when they defeated World No 2 Xu Chen-Ma Jin to join men's singles Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals in Shanghai yesterday.

Men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong also checked into the quarter-finals when they beat Germany's Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler 21-7, 21-16 in the second round.

The unseeded Peng Soon-Liu Ying, ranked World No 9, defeated Xu Chen-Ma Jin 21-14, 11-21, 21-16 in 49 minutes to reach the last eight stage of a premier Super Series event for the first time.

 

World Youth Championship Win Spurs Zulfadli

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Published: 25 November 2011
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SANDAKAN, Nov 24  -- Winning the 2011 World Youth Badminton Championship has fired up Zulfadli Zulkiffli to perform well in every tournament he is participating.

Currently he is competing in the Proton Malaysia International Challenge 2011 at the Sandakan Sports Complex, after which he will be in action at the Macau Open Championship at the end of this month.

"My attention now is on giving my best performance in international meets irrespective of the opponents," he said after defeating Takeshita Riichi of Japan in the second round of the Proton international challenge, here, Thursday.

 

World No. 1 Wang out of China Open, in tears

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Published: 25 November 2011
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SHANGHAI, Nov. 24  -- World No. 1 Wang Shixian of China burst into tears after being stunned by Thai teenager Inthanon Ratchanok in the women's singles second round of the China Open on Thursday.

Wang, last year's BWF (World Badminton Federation) Superseries Finals champion, blamed her lack of patience for the 18-21, 19-21 defeat at the young Thai's hands.

"I was too impatient on the court today, which led to numerous faults," said Wang, who turned around to wipe tears off her face before being interviewed.

Wang has struggled with her game in recent tournaments.

"I really hope that I can find a way-out as soon as possible," she said. "I need to improve both techniques and mindset."

Meanwhile, Inthanon Ratchanok, who earned her fame as the youngest-ever world junior champion when she won the BWF World Junior Championship title at the age of 14, was elated about her victory.

"I'm very happy because I can beat the No.1 right now. I feel more confident about myself because if this time I can beat China, then I can try to achieve more in the future," the 16-year-old Ratchanok said through an interpreter.

Record-breaking floods have inundated vast areas of Thailand over the past several months. Ratchanok said her home is also in the flood-affected zone.

"I hope my family back in Thailand are happy about my victory," said Ratchanok.

 
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China Open Super Series 2011: Seeds Topple On Day 2

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Published: 25 November 2011
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It may have only been a few seeds that crashed out today, but the significance of the names have changed several of the draws appearance. New world number 1 Wang Shixian crashed out as well as Taufik Hidayat in what could be his last tournament as a Super Series seeded player.

Taufik Crashes Out

It has been an all too similar story this year for Hidayat, another early exit from a Super Series but the manner of his defeat as well as the opponent signals a change in the guard of Indonesian badminton. His 21-15, 21-10 loss to Simon Santoso could be the last time Taufik Hidayat is ranked above Santoso, with just two places separating the pair at the start of the week and Santoso’s reward is a quarter final match against Peter Gade, who defeated Du Pengyu in his second round match. Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan both progressed safely into the last 8, as did Chen Long and Chen Jin who now face each other for a place in the semi finals on Saturday.

 

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