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Chen Long crowned as China takes 4 of 5 golds at badminton Denmark Open

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Published: 21 October 2013
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COPENHAGEN, Oct. 20 -- China's Chen Long beat top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia to win the men's singles title at the Denmark Open 2013 badminton tournament in Odense, central Denmark on Sunday, while China took 4 of all 5 gold medals.

The first set was a close game. Lee seemed to be a little faster at the beginning and took the lead 12-8 before the Chinese Chen managed to catch up to 14-14. The two scored points by turns and Chen came out better, winning 24-22.

Chen led all the way in the second game, 12-5, 18-14, but made some easy mistakes, while Lee kept calm and played with lots of energy and took the score to 19-19. Then Chen took three points in a row and won it 21-19.

The women's singles title went to the fifth seeded Chinese Wang Yihan, who beat her sixth-seeded opponent Ji Hyun Sung of South Korea 16-21, 21-18, 22-20.

Wang led 15-9 in the first set but started making a lot of easy mistakes while Sung won eight rallies in a row and turned the score to 17-15 in her favor and took the game 21-16.

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Denmark Open: Bringing credence to the glorious legacy of badminton

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Published: 18 October 2013
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Badminton is a sport which hasn't attracted the attentions of historians and academics. One is not sure why, for this is a sport with a rich and colourful history, and of a similar vintage as tennis or other popular sport.

The lack of historical perspective is the reason that tournaments with pedigree are treated no differently from other tournaments by players. The All England, for instance, is generally seen in India as the Wimbledon of badminton, but players treat it purely as another Premier Superseries event, worth a certain number of ranking points.

No player will gush about the traditions or legacy of the All England - because its traditions and legacy haven't been publicised well enough. Most of the blame must rest upon its organisers, for they haven't done anything to mark it out as a special event. Even in its 100th year, it was conducted like any other modern sporting event. It is in this context that another Premier Superseries event, the Denmark Open, assumes importance.

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World Superseries Finals returns to Malaysia after three years

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Published: 18 October 2013
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The season ending badminton tournament will be held in Kuala Lumpur from December 11-15.
New Delhi:  The BWF World Super Series Finals will return to Malaysia in December after an absence of three years.

The season ending badminton tournament will be held in Kuala Lumpur from December 11-15. The event brings together the top eight from men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles to share a prize money of $500,000.

"We anticipate some great finals in Malaysia and we look forward to the best performers on the Super Series circuit giving their best. We are in the second half of the Super Series and there is still a lot of intrigue regarding who will qualify for the finals," Badminton World Federation (BWF) secretary general Thomas Lund said Thursday.

 

Shuttling between fairy tales & Wimbledon of badminton

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Published: 18 October 2013
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With Saina Nehwal repeating Prakash Padukone's feat of winning Denmark Open last year, the Indian has become a popular figure in Copenhagen.

Badminton is a sport which hasn't attracted the attentions of historians and academics. One is not sure why, for this is a sport with a rich and colourful history, and of a similar vintage as tennis or other popular sport.

The lack of historical perspective is the reason that tournaments with pedigree are treated no differently from other tournaments by players. The All England, for instance, is generally seen in India as the Wimbledon of badminton, but players treat it purely as another Premier Superseries event, worth a certain number of ranking points.

No player will gush about the traditions or legacy of the All England - because its traditions and legacy haven't been publicised well enough. Most of the blame must rest upon its organisers, for they haven't done anything to mark it out as a special event. Even in its 100th year, it was conducted like any other modern sporting event.

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Junior shuttler juggling badminton, studies (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Studying on the go will have to do for Ho Yen Mei.

The Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student will be travelling to Bangkok for the World Junior Championships (from Oct 23-Nov 3) and return home to for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations just three days later.

It’s tough being a student and a national shuttler but the 17-year-old clearly relishes the challenge of balancing studies and sport.

Her team-mate and fellow-BJSS student Peck Yen Mei will also be sitting for the SPM examinations.Ho Yen Mei: 'BJSS is sending a mathematics teacher to join us in Bangkok to make sure we are prepared for the subject.'

“I’ve been studying at home for the past few days as it allows me to train with the team and also prepare for SPM,” said Ho.

“BJSS is sending a mathematics teacher to join us in Bangkok to make sure we are prepared for the subject.

“We have top students here and sometimes we will all take time off to have group revisions. We are a very competitive bunch ... not only on the court but also in our studies.

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