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All England Badminton Championships: Lin Dan roars in, Chong Wei awaits

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Published: 07 March 2012
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 BIRMINGHAM: World and Olympic champion Lin Dan roars into town on a high this week keen to retrieve the All England title he had once all but made his own. The Chinese crushed Indonesia's Simon Santoso 21-11 21-11 to win the German Open on Sunday, breezing through the tournament without dropping a game. Super Dan to his fans, Lin has already won the All England, badminton's oldest title, four times. But, as ever, world number one Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei lies in wait for his big rival. Chong Wei lost a stunning world title final to Lin in August but beat the Chinese in last year's All England final and again in the Korean Open in January. However, the 29-year-old has still to win gold at Olympic or world level and, with retirement set for 2013, his focus is clear. He told reporters after his Malaysian Open triumph on home territory in January: "I have set my sights on winning the country's first Olympic gold medal." 

 

China rises as others fall in the German Open 2012

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Published: 07 March 2012
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 The Chinese shuttlers once again proved their authority in badminton arena and China rose as champion of four categories in the Yonex German Open 2012, which ended on Sunday, March 4.

The Chinese shuttlers stamped their rivals in men’s singles, doubles and women’s singles, doubles categories.

The World Number two men’s singles shuttler Lin Dan and Chinese duo Wei Hong- Ye Shen claimed the crown in men’s singles and doubles event while Xuerui Li and female pair Xia Huan- Jinhua Tang bagged the honours for country in women’s singles and doubles event.

The women’s doubles team Xia Huan- Jinhua Tang started the splendid victory saga by winning against Korean duo Kyung Eun Jung- Ha Na Kim with final figures of 23-21 and 21-13.

In the 49-minute tussle, the Chinese girls dominated their rivals in all departments of game and snatched the honour from them.

Next was the Chinese female singles player Xuerui Li to follow the success trail. She raised her country’s flag in final against the German lady Juliane Schenk.

 

Ger­man Open Badminton - Lin Dan toils, Chen Jin falls

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Published: 04 March 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Four-time world badminton champion Lin Dan of China was surprisingly taken to the distance before checking into the men’s singles semi-finals at the Ger­man Open in Mulheim on Friday.

He had to toil for 54 minutes to beat Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-19, 23-21 to set up a clash with Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto for a place in the final.

Lin Dan’s compatriot Chen Jin fared even worse when he was dumped out in the third round. He went down tamely at 9-21, 17-21 to Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong and the defeat will certainly spoil his hope of making the cut for the London Olympic Games.

Chen Jin is ranked fifth in the world and he has to move at least one rung up to join two of his team-mates Lin Dan (world No. 2) and Chen Long (No. 3) to make the Games. A country can have the maximum three players if all of them are ranked in the top four.

 

German Open GP Gold: Simon Santoso overpowers Shon Wan Ho in Men’s Singles quarter-final (pic)

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Published: 04 March 2012
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Indonesia’s Simon Santoso remained lucky as he overpowered Korea’s Shon Wan Ho with a tight margin in Men’s Singles quarter-final of German Open GP Gold 2012 at Mulheim, Germany, on Friday, March 2.

Santoso, who has been positioned at number 11 in world rankings, had to employ all of his skills to get rid of Wan Ho, who is World Number 17 at the moment.

The Indonesian, who was also the fifth seed in the tournament, could not dominate the rallies as his rival also played at the same level.

However, Santoso remained lucky in the ending points of third game and won the contest with a dramatic margin.German Open GP Gold: Simon Santoso overpowers Shon Wan Ho in Men’s Singles quarter-final

Both shuttlers played fast badminton from the opening rallies and remained close on the score board. They did not commit unforced errors and displayed their impressive skills.

 

Seu Bock warns Chong Wei not to take young Chinese for granted (pic)

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Published: 04 March 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: China’s much talked about former world junior boys’ singles champion Wang Zhengming suffered a first round knockout in the German Open in Mulheim on Wednesday.

But one should not be fooled by the 22-year-old’s stuttering start.

National coach Tey Seu Bock has warned world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to be wary of Zhengming when they meet in the opening round of the All-England in Birmingham on Wednesday.Not a proud record: Wang Zhengming has yet to beat Lee Chong Wei.

“On paper, Chong Wei should win but Zhengming is not a push­over. This youngster has nothing to lose and will go all out – especially after his setback at the German Open,” said Seu Bock.

Chong Wei has won all his past four meetings with Zhengming. But in their last clash at the Japan Open last year, the Malaysian was stretched before winning 21-14, 21-19 in the second round.

 

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