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Chong Wei continues unbeaten run at Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei did enough to preserve his unbeaten home record in the Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras on Friday.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei, who had already qualified for the semi-finals from Group A on Thursday, wanted a win against Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen to qualify as the group winner.Lee Chong Wei beat Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen 23-21, 24-22 in 50 minutes to qualify as the group winner in the Super Series Finals.

Although the powerful Dane pushed hard, Chong Wei was just too good as he picked up a 23-21, 24-22 win in 50 minutes.

It was his longest match in the Finals so far but the three time champion from 2008-2010 was never really troubled.

“I knew that win or lose I would still be in the semi-finals so I didn’t push myself too hard,” said Chong Wei.

“But I still wanted to win because it’s always better to finish top of the group.

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Malaysia assured of at least silver from women doubles (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: While others crumbled, lanky shuttlers Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo stood solid to save the blushes for Malaysia by checking into the women’s doubles final at Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C.

The duo fought valiantly for 74 minutes to beat Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei 23-21, 17-21, 21-17 in the semi-finals for the very first time in three meetings.

They are the only Malaysian pair left in the competition after the exit of three others – mixed doubles pair Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing and men’s doubles pairs Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang and Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han. Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo  are the only Malaysians who made it to the badminton finals at the SEA Games.

On Saturday, the girls will take on the formidable Nitya Krishinda-Greysia Polii in the final. The Indonesians were superb in their 21-7, 21-11 win over Thailand’s T. Sapsiree-Puttita Supajirakul on Friday.

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Badminton: Maneepong marks return with final date (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Thai shuttler Maneepong Jongjit showed that he has put his three-month ban behind him by reaching the final of the mixed doubles event at the SEA Games.

On Friday, the 22-year-old Maneepong and his partner T. Sapsiree displayed an indomitable spirit en route to a sensational 21-15, 21-17 win over Malaysia’s Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing in the semi-finals.

They will take on top seeds Mohd Rijal-Debby Susanto of Indonesia, who prevented an all-Thai final after disposing of Nipitphon Puangpuapech-Puttita Supajirakul 21-11, 18-21, 21-19 in the other semi-final. Maneepong Jongjit has bounced back after a three-month ban by reaching the final of the mixed doubles at the SEA Games with partner T. Sapsiree.

Maneepong was happy that he has returned well to competitive play after the dark period in his badminton career.

He was banned for three months following an ugly brawl with his former partner Bodin Isara during the Canada Open in July. Bodin, who punched and kicked Maneepong, was severely punished with a two-year ban.

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V Shem, Khim Wah back together … for good (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: National men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah are excited to resume their partnership after ending their short stint – with back-up pairs – on a sour note at the SEA Games badminton competition.

On Friday, V Shem-Teo Kok Siang slumped to a 17-21, 18-21 defeat to Berry Angriawan-Suwardi Karanda of Indonesia while Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han lost 16-21, 15-21 to Rian Agung Saputra-Angga Pratama, also of Indonesia. Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah in a file photo. The duo are glad to pair up again after playing with back-up players for the last three months.

V Shem-Khim Wah have been playing with the back-up players for the last three months after they decided to part ways due to personal differences.

This is the third time they will be pairing up over the last three years.

The 24-year-old Khim Wah said that he did not expect to go far with debutant Yao Han in the SEA Games because of his partner’s inexperience.

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Danish pair beat world champs to top group (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Friday the 13th is usually unlucky, or so they say.

But it didn’t matter to Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

The tenacious Danes played a superb balanced game to rack up a 21-11, 16-21, 21-15 win over the world No. 1 from China.

It was their first win in five attempts and it earned them top spot in Group B.Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

“I thought we played really well. We had to play if we wanted to beat the world champions,” said Pedersen with a wide grin.

“This is a special win for us ... beating the Chinese pair for the first time.

“I’m also hoping to be just as lucky in the mixed doubles ... to go for my second world champion scalp,” added Pedersen, who will partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen against Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

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