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China win Thomas, Uber Cup group matches (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2012
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WUHAN, China: Superstar Lin Dan was made to sweat in front of an adoring home crowd but China breezed through their first group ties in the Thomas and Uber Cups world team championships on Sunday.

Quality was on show from Denmark, Japan and South Korea, but it was England's Rajiv Ouseph who threatened to spring a major surprise, before "Super" Dan, badminton's most-decorated player, came through in two games.Lin Dan of China returns a shot against Rajiv Ouseph of England during their Group A match at the Thomas Cup world badminton team championships in Hubei province. Superstar Lin was made to sweat in front of an adoring home crowd but China breezed through their first group ties in the tournament.

World number 19 Ouseph pushed the reigning Olympic champion in an unexpectedly tight match, as the usually cool Lin let off sparks of surprise and frustration when a handful of smashes went into the net and wide.

"After starting well I broke my racket string and it took me too long to adjust to the new racket. It affected the attack game plan," Lin said, praising Ouseph's performance.

"All the matches here are equally important before the Olympics," Lin added, underscoring the significance of this week in Wuhan, as players have a dress rehearsal before meeting each other on the big stage in July in London.

Lin's teammates, including feisty world number three Chen Long, had an easier time as they beat the plucky English 5-0 and rapidly turned their attentions to Indonesia, who China face next in their group and a key rival.

"Indonesia is China's biggest opponent in the Thomas Cup," Lin said.

"It doesn't matter who I play. I take them all seriously," he said about Indonesia's choice to select Simon Santoso over Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat as first singles player.

Playing on the court next to China were their rivals Japan, who trounced New Zealand 5-0 and looked every bit a legitimate frontrunner in the men's competition.

In the day's earlier session, Denmark and South Korea also looked impressive contenders for a tournament neither country has won yet.

The Danish men, finalists eight times, were never troubled by South Africa in their 5-0 win and were well led by 35-year-old Peter Gade, who hopes to silence critics after this season's poor run of results.

"Winning the Thomas Cup will be very difficult for Denmark because there are a lot of strong teams... but on a good day we can beat anyone," said former men's doubles world number one Mathias Boe after his win with Carsten Mogensen.

The toughest match in South Korea's 5-0 victory over the USA came in the first doubles tie as Yoo Yeon-Seong and Ko Sung-Hyun beat Howard Bach and Olympic medallist Tony Gunawan in three close games.

 

Chong Wei: China training camp will help the Thomas Cup squad (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 May 2012
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 SHAH ALAM: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei readily concedes that Malaysia’s Thomas Cup squad are not the strongest but believes that the one-week training camp in Dongguan, China, from May 13-18 will make a difference.Endorsement: Lee Chong Wei posing with some of the products after signing on as the brand ambassador for CNI White Coffee Cendawan Susu Harimau and Well3 brand in Shah Alam Tuesday.

 

The Thomas Cup will be held in Wuhan, China, from May 20-27 and the BA of Malaysia (BAM) have set a realistic semi-final target.

 

'It's tough overcoming the Chinese - i wish to beat all of them'

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Published: 09 May 2012
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 Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal , ranked world No. 5 and India's top player, is training hard towards the upcoming London Olympics. Speaking with Arun Sharma , Saina described her training regimen, how she spends her leisure time, her aim to beat the world's best - and why, despite badminton being popular across India, we don't produce more champions of the game: 

 
When did you start playing badminton? As your interest deepened, did you face difficulties sustaining this? 
 
I started playing badminton when i was nine years old. Initially, there were some problems pertaining to finance, but now everything is fine. I am employed by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and also sponsored by a few companies in India...badminton has been my best investment in life actually since it involves only talent and not a lot of money. 
 

Malaysia Open Grand Prix Win Has Restored My Confidence - Chong Wei

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Published: 07 May 2012
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 JOHOR BAHARU, May 6 - Datuk Lee Chong Wei says his win at Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships here has restored his confidence for other tournaments.

 
Chong Wei who beat Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the final in three sets, 17-21, 21-8, 21-10, is happy with the win after grappling with a shoulder injury.
 
"I'm very happy as the win has restored my confidence after losing at India Open Badminton Championships," he said told reporters after tournament here Sunday.
 
At India Open Badminton Championships, world number one player Chong Wei surprisingly lost to fast rising Shon Wan Ho of South Korea in the final.
 
It was Chong Wei's first major tournament after suffering a shoulder injury during the All England Championships last month.
 
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Teen with leukaemia determined to play badminton for state again (pic)

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Published: 07 May 2012
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 JOHOR BARU - Gutsy teenagers like Gan Cheng Wei are the reason why cliches like "down but not out" should be repeated regularly.

Despite being diagnosed with leukaemia in March, the state badminton player is determined to return to the game he loves so much.

World No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei has stepped in to set up a fund to pay for the teenager's medical treatment.Teen with leukaemia determined to play badminton for state againTeen with leukaemia determined to play badminton for state again

The fund received a donation of RM10,000 (S$4,094) from Teori Warisan Sdn Bhd, the developer of Seasons Luxury Apartments.

Cheng Wei's elder sister, Mei Ying, 34, who received the donation on behalf of her brother, said her family members were thankful that Lee had started the initiative.

 

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