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Taiwan's Tai triumphant at Malaysia Badminton Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan. 20 - Rising badminton star Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan won her first title of 2013 by defeating Yao Xue of China in straight sets in the final of the women's singles event at the Malaysia Open Sunday.

Tai, ranked 12th in the world and seeded sixth in Kuala Lumpur, needed 36 minutes to beat the world No. 151 Yao 21-17, 21-14.Rising badminton star Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan won her first title of 2013 by defeating Yao Xue of China in straight sets in the final of the women's singles event at the Malaysia Open

The 18-year-old put together an impressive string of victories over third seed Tine Baun of Denmark, top seed Saina Nehwal of India and the up-and-coming Yao to claim the title, winning all three matches without dropping a set.

Tai said she will ask her parents to hold on to the US$30,000 in prize money she earned for winning the tournament.

 

Chong Wei clinches his 9th Malaysian Open title in style Read more: Chong Wei clinches his 9th Malaysian Open title in style (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR -- World number one men's singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei has carved his name as the most successful player in the country after he clinched his ninth Malaysian Open title in style at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here, today.

 In the final match, the 30-year-old shuttler who is the top seed and defending champion, easily disposed of a challenge from eighth seed, Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia with a 21-7 and 21-8 win in just 32 minutes.    Chong Wei is simply unstoppable

The Penangite had prior to this, won the Malaysian Open title eight times, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The win saw Chong Wei break the current winning record held by Wong Peng Soon who won the men's singles category of the same tournament eight times -in 1940, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953. 

 Earlier, the 6,000-strong crowd at the stadium was frustated after the nation's top mixed doubles pair, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, lost 13-21 and 18-21 against second seed, Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark.

 
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Historic win for Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2013
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FATHER-TO-BE Lee Chong Wei nailed a historic ninth Malaysian Open title in ruthless fashion at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

And after blowing away Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia with a 21-7, 21-8 win in just 32 minutes in the men’s singles final, the 30-year-old Chong Wei said he would not slow down in his chase for more honours.

“I will strike a balance. I will be a father this year and both my family and badminton are important to me,” said Chong Wei, who confirmed that his wife Wong Mew Choo is expecting a child.Record breaker: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei (right) celebrates after beating Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the men’s singles final of the Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. He won 21-7 21-8.

“Having been an athlete before, Mew Choo is really understanding. I will have to juggle my time to stay focused on my game and also be a responsible family man. Family is important to me,” he added.

 

Chong Wei sends early warning

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 January 2013
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CLASSY: Malaysian wins third Korea Open and signals he is still a big threat

LEE Chong Wei was in majestic form as he proved that the defeat to Du Pengyu in the Super Series Finals was a rare blip as he outplayed the China shuttler to secure his third Korea Open title in Seoul yesterday.

Chong Wei was in a class of his own en route to a 21-12, 21-15 win over Pengyu in 42 minutes to earn his eighth victory in nine matches and bury the speculation that he will struggle against China's players this year.

Yesterday's win was once again the Malaysian's perfect start to the sport's curtain raiser which has been the case since 2008.

Chong Wei, who was carrying a thigh injury in the Super Series Finals, showed his true form against Pengyu who found it virtually impossible to break the Malaysian's dominance in yesterday's final.

 

Li Mao joins New Vision badminton club as coach

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 January 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Li Mao is back in Malaysia as a coach but he is not with former employers the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Li Mao has joined the New Vision badminton club in Petaling Jaya and he will be working with the top shuttlers from the centre, co-owned by former internationals Yeoh Kay Bin and K. Yogendran.

The no-nonsense Li Mao is a good catch. Under his guidance from 2005-2010, the current world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei showed marked improvement in his skills and tactical game.

In fact, it was during this time that Chong Wei narrowed the gap on his nemesis Lin Dan of China.

After leaving Malaysia, Li Mao went to South Korea and improved the standard of their men’s singles players.

Then in 2011, he was appointed as a coach in Indonesia.

He, however, failed to lift the standard there and his contract was not renewed after the London Olympic Games.

Kay Bin said Li Mao’s appointment was made possible by Kawasaki, the club’s sponsor.

“This is good for the club as we have a very high calibre coach. He will be coaching our top players and help raise their standard,” added Kay Bin, who is also one of the coaches at the club with Yogendran.

 
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