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China takes Uber Cup from South Korea (pic)

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Published: 28 May 2012
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WUHAN, China - "We are the champion!" cried out the whole Chinese team who had a circle dance and hugged each other after winning their 12th Uber Cup trophy.

China on Saturday handed a 3-0 defeat to South Korea, which had stunned the Chinese for the title two years ago.

World No 1 Wang Yihan, a self-claimed "culprit" in China's 3-1 Uber Cup final loss to the same opponent in 2010, didn't lose a single set at the 2012 Uber Cup until her game against Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea.The China team celebrates after defeating South Korea in the final round of the Uber Cup badminton tournament in Wuhan, Hubei province, May 26, 2012.

Taking a 14-12 lead in the first set, Wang slipped into low-battery-mode and allowed Sung grab nine straight points for 21-14.

 

China wins Thomas Cup (pic)

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Published: 28 May 2012
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China retained the Thomas Cup in convincing style by beating arch-rival South Korea 3-0 at the Wuhan Sports Complex Gymnasium here today.

China also won the Uber Cup in similar fashion yesterday against South Korea who had beaten the Chinese in the previous Uber Cup final.

Despite winning the Thomas Cup seven times before, it was the first time China had won it on home soil.China retained the Thomas Cup in convincing style by beating arch-rival South Korea 3-0 at the Wuhan Sports Complex Gymnasium here today.

 

Koo and Tan to go separate ways after London Olympics (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 May 2012
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ALTHOUGH it is not official yet, a break-up after the London Olympics is inevitable for the country’s top doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

But rather than worrying about it, the duo should stay focused on restoring their partnership for the Games in July.

It is not too late to give themselves a final chance to redeem themselves and end their seven-year partnership on a high by challenging for a gold medal.

They had started off brilliantly in 2006 but are now in total disarray as nothing seems to be going their way.In disarray: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have no major titles to show since winning the Malaysian Open in 2010.

 

Chong Wei is down, but puts on brave front (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 May 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is back home, promising to bounce back stronger after his injury setback.

Yesterday, Chong Wei was still raw with emotion and continued to shed tears over the torn tendon in his right ankle, which has put his long-cherished dream of Olympic glory in jeopardy.

When Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh told him not to lose heart despite the enforced layoff which will shorten his preparations for the London Games, tears rolled down Chong Wei's cheek.Painful experience: Chong Wei looking at an X-ray image of his torn tendon.

His sole focus over the last four years has been on winning the elusive gold at the Olympics.

 

Thomas Cup Finals 2012: Lee Hyun Il overpowers Peter Hoeg Gade in an epic battle (pic)

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Published: 25 May 2012
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Korea’s veteran shuttler Lee Hyun Il put up thrilling show of top class badminton as he overpowered Denmark’s Peter Hoeg Gade at the Thomas Cup Finals 2012 in China, on Friday, May 25.

The in-form Lee Hyun, who is currently World Number 7, played to his maximum potential and overpowered his higher ranked Danish shuttler Peter Gade who has been placed at number 5 in the Men’s Singles rankings.

The Korean played remarkable badminton against his experienced Danish rival and won the battle in a hard-fought three-set games while working for 64 minutes in the court.Thomas Cup Finals 2012: Lee Hyun Il overpowers Peter Hoeg Gade in an epic battle

On the other hand, Peter Gade played with precision in the opening game but failed to live up to expectations in the following sets and lost the battle with a comfortable margin on the board.

 

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