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Freezing conditions but our shuttlers are not complaining

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Published: 25 January 2011
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PETALING JAYA: A winter storm welcomed the Malaysian team when they arrived in Seoul yesterday for the South Korea Open.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager, Kenny Goh, who accompanied the team, said yesterday that the temperature was -5°C.

“It dips to -10°C at night. The locals are saying that it is one of the coldest winters for them. But our team have settled down here,” he said in a telephone interview.

“The players had a chance to play in the stadium today. They had a good warm-up session for about two hours. They are keeping themselves warm here.”

The Open, which is the second leg of the BWF World Super Series, starts today with the qualifying tournament and Malaysia’s Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Hoon Thien How and Chan Chong Ming-Lee Wan Wah will open their campaigns against Singaporeans Terry Yeo Zhao Jiang-Liu Yi and China’s Hong Wei-Shen Ye respectively.

 
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Heat’s on Lee in cold Seoul (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 January 2011
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PETALING JAYA: It’s freezing cold in Seoul but world No 1 Lee Chong Wei will be out to keep up a hot run at the US$1.2mil South Korea Open beginning tomorrow.

With the biggest-ever prize money at stake in the history of world badminton, Chong Wei is prepared to deal with the weather, the absence of his coach Misbun Sidek, a very tough draw and tremendous pressure to become the first Malaysian to win three back-to-back titles in a month.Best friends: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia showing off their medals and mock cheques at the Malaysia Open on Sunday.

Chong Wei has bagged the 2010 Super Series Masters Finals (Jan 9) and Malaysia Open (Jan 23) titles to give early warning of another season of dominance in the BWF World Super Series.

He is breaking all kinds of barriers and based on his strong determination, more is expected to come from him as he seeks to become the first Malaysian to become the world and Olympic champion.

 

Chong Wei checks into semis but showdown with Chinese star is off (pic)

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Published: 25 January 2011
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TOP singles stars Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat were all smiles after checking into the semi-finals of the Proton Malaysia Open in great styles but the no show antics of Lin Dan have left them befuddled.

Yesterday, top seed and six-time home Open champion Chong Wei had to fend off a strong challenge from a gutsy Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam before regaining his momentum to troop home a 21-15, 21-16 winner.

But the passionate home Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei shaking hands with Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh after beating him 21-15, 21-16 in the men’s singles quarter-finals.fans’ hopes to see a semi-final clash between Chong Wei and Lin Dan will not materialise.

The three-time world champion conceded a walkover to Chen Long of China yesterday due to a back injury.

The tournament referee Jane Wheatley of Australia confirmed that a medical test conducted by a Malaysian doctor yesterday certified that Lin Dan was not fit to play.

“Lin Dan was getting ready for today’s play during a morning training session but he suffered a recurrence of an old injury on his left abdominal area,” she said.

“He was advised to forgo the match and take proper rest. It is a pity he will miss the match.”

 

Chong Wei Retains Malaysia Open Title For Seventh Successive Year

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Published: 25 January 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 -- National singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei retained the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series title for the seventh successive year after beating Taufik Hidayat from Indonesia 21-8, 21-17.

Chong Wei took only 37 minutes to turn the table against Taufik, much to the delight of Malaysian fans at the Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil here Sunday night.

In the first game, Chong Wei forced Taufik into errors with net play to lead comfortably before clinching the game.

However, in the second game, Taufik, who was trailing 8-18 at one stage managed to claw back into the game and bridged the gap at 17-18 before Chong Wei had the better of him.

 

Chong crushes Taufik in home win

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Published: 25 January 2011
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Badminton world number one, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, crushed Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat in straight sets 21-8, 21-17 in the final of the Malaysia Open Super Series at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

The victorious Chong dedicated his victory to the home crowd, some of whom arrived at the stadium five hours before the match.

“I was determined to win the tournament as it is my home title,” said Chong, who flew to South Korea later Sunday for the VICTOR Korea Open, one of five Super Series premier tournaments on the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) calendar.

“I am satisfied with my performance here because I am playing in front of my own fans and I did not want to disappoint them. I hope I can carry on the form from here to Seoul. I have always given my best wherever I go. It will be the same in Korea too,” he was quoted as saying on the BWF’s official website (www.bwfbadminton.org).

Taufik lauded Chong’s performance at the US$400,000 tournament.

“He played well while I had difficulties developing my [game],” Taufik was quoted as saying by Antara news agency after the match. He added that he gave his best at the tournament.

 

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