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Chong Wei, Lin Dan on different missions in semi-finals

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Published: 19 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: One is out to regain the faith of his fans while the other is hoping not to let his home fans down again.

So, expect a fiery duel when Malaysia’s world number one Lee Chong Wei takes on world champion Lin Dan of China in the men’s singles semi-final in the China Masters at Changzhou today.

Malaysia’s Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah also kept Malaysia’s hopes alive in the men’s doubles when they marched into the semi-finals. The duo who beat Li Tian-Shen Ye of China 21-13, 22-20 yesterday, will take on Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen next.

Yesterday, Chong Wei survived a fierce first game assault from China youngster Du Pengyu before prevailing 21-19, 21-15.

Home favourite Lin Dan, who failed to make it to the final last year, also did not have it easy and had to come back from the brink of defeat to beat South Korean Park Sung-hwan 21-15, 13-21, 23-21.

This year, Lin Dan has beaten Chong Wei at the All-England final (March) and the Sudirman Cup (May) while Chong Wei pulled the rug from under the China ace at the Swiss Open final (March).

The other semi-final will be between Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand and World Championships runner-up Chen Jin.

Boonsak was earlier involved in a controversial quarter-final match against Peter Gade Christensen, with the Dane venting his anger at the umpire for giving him a warning.

The Dane claimed that the umpire made three bad line calls in the rubber game, which resulted in the Thai winning 21-16, 19-21, 21-18 in 69 minutes.

“Two were very bad calls ... I said no and she gave me a warning. Of course, I was affected by the bad calls as she gave him (Ponsana) the points.”

Former internationals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen failed to make it a double joy when they lost 18-21, 15-21 to South Koreans Cho Gun-woo-Yoo Yeon-seong.

 
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Lin wins hard-fought quarterfinal at China Masters

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Published: 18 September 2009
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Olympic and three times world champion Lin Dan edged South Korean top player Park Sung Hwan 21-15, 13-21, 23-21 in a hard-fought quarterfinal at the China Masters badminton super series on Friday.

Lin squandered five match points after leading 20-15 before he clinched the win in 69 minutes, the second longest match in the men's singles by far at this tournament.

"I was slow to find my form because I was not quite concentrated. After the world championships, I have been more focused on preparing for the national games," said the 26-year-old.

 

Olympic champion Lin and world No.1 Lee ease into China Masters quarters (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2009
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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Olympic champion Lin Dan and world number one Lee Chong Wei moved one stepcloser to a meeting after they each booked a quarterfinal berth at the China Masters badminton super series here on Thursday.

    Beijing Olympics and world champion Lin beat Hsien Yu Hsin of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-19 after Malaysian ace Lee Chong Wei sailed past Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-15, 21-8 in just 26 minutes. China's Lin Dan returns a shuttle during men's singles second round match against Hsieh Yu-hsin of Chinese Taipei at 2009 China Badminton Masters Super Series in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 17, 2009. Lin won 2-0.

    Lee, Beijing Olympics runner-up, said he hoped to face Lin. Malaysia' Lee Chong Wei competes during men's singles second round match against England's Rajiv Ouseph at 2009 China Masters in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, on Sept. 17, 2009. Lee won 2-0.

  "I was doing well today and I wished I could carry on the form to go further in the top half," said the 27-year-old. "Hopefully Ican play Lin Dan in the semifinals."

    In the mixed doubles, China captured seven of the eight spots in the third round.

    As South Korea's top seed and Beijing Olympics winners Lee YongDae and Lee Hyo Jung pulled out of the event due to Lee's injury, Ko Sung Hyun/Ha Jung Eun became the sole non-Chinese pair in the third round after overcoming fellow South Koreans Shin Baek Cheol/Jang Ye Na 21-23, 21-11, 21-16. They next meet Beijing Games bronze medallists He Hanbin/Yu Yang.

    In women's singles, world number one Zhou Mi from Hong Kong, China raced to win the second round 21-7, 21-17 over Japanese Shizuka Uchida but Hong Kong's Wang Chen retired due to knee injury, sending 19-year-old Malaysian Golden Grand Prix winner Wang Shixian into the third round.

 

 

Lift ban, pleads Tan

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Published: 18 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A shell-shocked Tan Chun Seang wants the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to lift the two-year ban on him so that he can continue to make a living from the game.

Yesterday, the distraught singles shuttler turned up at the BAM’s office here seeking an explanation on the ban, which was imposed by the national body after a coaching and training committee on Wednesday.

The BAM decided to tighten their rules in a bid to safeguard their programme as they had spent a lot of time, money and resources to develop Chun Seang into one of the top back-up shuttlers.

Chun Seang said he decided to quit because he had had enough of playing badminton – especially after going through a lean spell over the last two years.

He reiterated that his quit decision had nothing to do with Hendrawan’s move in leaving him out of next month’s Vietnam Open.

“I was shocked with BAM’s decision. I wanted to compete in smaller tournaments as well as the international meets held in Malaysia,” said the 23-year-old Chun Seang.

 

Chong Wei to face Chinese youngster in quarter-finals

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Published: 18 September 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian world number one Lee Chong Wei will be keen to avoid losing to a youngster from China for the second time this year when he gets into action in the quarter-finals of the China Masters today.

Yesterday, Chong Wei made it to the last eight after disposing of England’s Rajiv Ouseph 21-15, 21-8 in just 27 minutes to set up a meeting with China’s rising star Du Pengyu.

Pengyu flexed his muscles to stun fifth seed Joachim Persson of Denmark 20-22, 21-14, 22-20 in a tight second round match.

In April, China’s world junior champion Chen Long scalped Chong Wei in the opening match of the India Open.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek feels that Chong Wei should have no problem getting past Pengyu to set up a tantalising semi-final date with either China’s Lin Dan or South Korea’s Park Sung-hwan.

 

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