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Chong Wei cruises through French Open first round (pic)

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Published: 23 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei made the perfect rebound after cruising through his first round match in the French Open in Paris on Tuesday.

Chong Wei, who turned 31 on Monday, had suffered an untimely defeat to world No. 2 Chen Long in the Denmark Open final on Sunday.

But he did not let that affect him one bit as he outclassed India’s P. Kashyap 22-20, 21-12 in 37 minutes.Lee Chong Wei in a file photo from the Denmark Open last week. He had no problem defeating India's P. Kashyap 22-20, 21-12 in the French Open first round.

Chong Wei, who skipped the French meet last year, will face another Indian, Ajay Jayaram, in the second round on Thursday.

It was however a disappointing finish for defending champion Liew Daren who bowed out in the first round.

The 26-year-old Daren, who retired after only eight minutes in his first round Danish Open match against Kashyap due to a swollen foot, failed to take advantage of a one-game lead against sixth-seeded Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.

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No problem for shuttlers at World Junior meet (pic)

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Published: 23 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia – and teen starlet Goh Jin Wei – enjoyed a winning start at the World Junior Badminton Championships to seal a spot in the quarter-finals in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old Jin Wei saw action in Malaysia’s second tie in Group X2 – a 5-0 over the Philippines – but by then the team were already well on their way to the next round.A file photo of junior shuttler Goh Jin Wei. The Malaysian darling made her much-awaited debut at the World Junior Badminton Championships in Bangkok, helping the team to beat the Philippines 5-0.

Malaysia got the start they needed by beating Scotland 5-0, with mixed doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Yap Cheng Wen needing only nine minutes to dispose of Adam Hall-Heather Macpherson 21-10, 21-14 before 16-year-old Cheam June Wei made it 2-0 with a relatively easy 25-23, 21-10 win over Josh Neil.

Girls’ singles shuttler Ho Yen Mei was stretched to three games by Julie Macpherson before prevailing 21-17, 18-21, 21-14 to hand the team an unassailable 3-0 lead.

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Fewer obstacles for Chong Wei in French Open (pic)

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Published: 22 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Cutting a small cake with his wife Wong Mew Choo in Paris – the city of love – must have been a perfect birthday setting and timely break for World No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei.

Chong Wei, who turned 31 on Monday, is now all pumped up and ready to show that age is not a barrier as he seeks to make a quick rebound at the French Open this week.Chen Long reacts after winning the Denmark Open final against Lee Chong Wei. He has pulled out of the French Open, clearing the path for Chong Wei.

On Sunday, Chong Wei went down fighting to second seed Chen Long of China in the men’s singles final of the Denmark Open in Odense.

But there won’t be a rematch in the French Open as Chen Long, whose record against Chong Wei now stands at 7-7, has withdrawn from the tournament.

It’s uncertain why the 24-year-old Chen Long has pulled out.

But his absence has now opened up a clearer path for Chong Wei and two other Malaysians – defending champion Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng – to enjoy a good outing.

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Jin Wei, June Wei may get biggest break (pic)

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Published: 22 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youngsters Goh Jin Wei and Cheam June Wei may get their biggest break when Malaysia begin their campaign in the mixed team event in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Malaysia will play in two group ties against Scotland and the Philippines in Group X1 on Wednesday and the debutants - 13-year-old Jin Wei and 16-year-old June Wei – are expected to be given a chance to play in one tie at least. Darling of Malaysian badminton Goh Jin Wei may a taste of playing in a major junior tournament in the mixed team event in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok.

Malaysia will take on Bulgaria on Thursday. If Malaysia win all three ties and become group champions, they will take on Indonesia in the quarter-finals.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) assessor Tan Kim Her, who has gone to Bangkok as the junior team’s manager, said that Malaysia should not face any trouble making it to the quarter-finals.

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Chong Wei falls in final (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): There will be no birthday joy for world No.1 Lee Chong Wei as Chen Long produced a superb performance to win the Denmark Open on Sunday.

Chong Wei who turns 31 on Monday just couldn’t gain control of the match as world No.2 Chen Long took a worthy 24-22, 21-19 win in 68 minutes.No birthday joy for Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, who turns 31 on Monday, as he was beaten in straight sets by China's Chen Long in the Denmark Open men's singles final on Sunday.

The Chinese ace raced to an 8-5 lead in the first game but Chong Wei turned it around to lead 14-11 at one point.

Chen Long however took four straight points and the pressure was always on Chong Wei in the first game.

He saved two game points from 18-20 down but just couldn’t pull away as Chen Long eventually wrapped up the first game.

Chen Long, who won the All England this year, started strongly once more in the second game and was ahead 12-5 at one point.

Although Chong Wei did well to pull back at 18-18, Chen Long had the momentum and was just too strong in the end.

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