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Chong Wei in pole position at Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has enjoyed an exceptional head-to-head record against Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana, winning 20 of their 22 encounters in the past.

And the 31-year-old didn’t look like he wanted that run to end as he gave the Thai ace a whipping with a 21-6, 21-8 win in his second match of Group A in the Super Series Finals on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei beat Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 21-6, 21-8 in their Super Series Finals match on Dec 12, 2013.

It was a dominant performance from three-time winner Chong Wei as Boonsak looked lost and appeared to have given up mid-way through the first game.

The win also puts Chong Wei in pole position in the group and he has virtually qualified for the semi-finals, even before his final match against Jan O Jorgensen on Friday.

“It felt like a normal match for me ... I prepared well even though it seemed as though Boonsak gave up early,” said Chong Wei.

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Hoon-Tan do well to defeat All England champs (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 8 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Super Series Finals very much alive after a stirring performance to stun All England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan on Thursday.

Thien How-Wee Kiong needed a win after falling to a defeat to world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia on Wednesday.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong put up an impressive performance to defeat All England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan 18-21, 21-15, 21-13 in their Super Series Finals Group A match.

And they duly got it with a dogged performance against their world No. 5 opponents, winning 18-21, 21-15, 21-13 in their Group A match.

Despite losing the first game, Thien How-Wee Kiong showed lots of determination to turn the second game around.

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Chan-Goh's fate in balance after defeat to Chinese pair (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying’s hopes of making the semi-finals of the Super Series Finals are hanging in the balance after a tame defeat to world No. 1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei.

A day after pulling off an impressive win over Hong Kong Open champions Chris Adcock-Garielle Adcock of England, Peng Soon-Liu Ying were just not up to the mark, losing 17-21, 12-21 in Group A on Thursday.

They started fairly well and managed to match the 2010 and 2011 champions.Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were whipped by world No. 1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei 17-21, 12-21 in their Group A match on Dec 12, 2013.

At 17-17, they buckled, conceding four straight points to lose 17-21.

That dented their confidence and the reigning Olympic champions went on to close off the match with ease.

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Tzu-ying flying high at Finals after Porntip win (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Missing the flight home from France in October proved to be a learning experience for Tai Tzu-ying.

The Taiwanese woman singles shuttler failed to catch her flight home after the French Open and was stranded for three days.

Now, the spunky teenager is determined not to miss a spot in the semi-finals of the Super Series Finals, being held at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium.Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan put on an impressive show to beat Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-19, 21-17.

The 19-year-old Tzu-ying is certainly on the right track after scoring an impressive 21-19, 21-17 win over Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in Group A.

It was her first win over Porntip in five meetings and it certainly gives her a realistic shot at making the cut, despite losing to China’s Wang Shixian on Wednesday.

“When I was in Paris for the French Open, I stayed at my friend’s place,” said Tzu-ying.

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SEA Games: Good day for doubles while singles shuttlers bow out (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: It was a day of contrasting fortunes for Malaysia’s five SEA Games debutants at the badminton competition in the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C on Thursday.

There was heartbreak for Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Yang Li Lian in the singles department when the duo limped out in the quarter-finals but three from the doubles department – Tan Aik Quan, Ow Yao Han and Teo Kok Siang – were jumping for joy after reaching the semi-finals with their respective partners to assure at least a bronze medal each.It was a day of contrasting fortunes for Malaysia’s five SEA Games debutants at the badminton competition in the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C on Thursday.  There was heartbreak for Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Yang Li Lian in the singles department when the duo limped out in the quarter-finals but three from the doubles department – Tan Aik Quan, Ow Yao Han and Teo Kok Siang – were jumping for joy after reaching the semi-finals with their respective partners to assure at least a bronze medal each.

The 22-year-old Iskandar was the most dejected after giving in to nerves in his 10-21, 15-21 defeat to Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo of Indonesia in 38 minutes.

With his meek defeat, Malaysia’s challenge ended in the men’s singles event to mark another huge flop for Malaysian singles at the SEA Games.

Iskandar’s more illustrious team-mate Chong Wei Feng crashed out in the opening round.

“I cannot express how frustrated I am right now. I had a good chance but I blew it. I was so tense in the opening game,” admitted Iskandar.

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