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Lukewarm 2011 for Saina Nehwal and badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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 NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal's struggle for form summed up a disappointing year for Indian badminton, the rare high point of which was Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa's World Championships bronze medal.2011 turned out to be disappointing for Saina Nehwal as she could win only the Swiss Grand Prix Gold.

After a highly successful 2010, during which Saina won a hat-trick of Super Series titles besides the Commonwealth Games gold medal, 2011 turned out to be a disappointing for the Indian as she could win only the Swiss Grand Prix Gold besides two runners-up finishes in Malaysia and Indonesia.

In women's doubles, however, Commonwealth Games gold medallist pair of Jwala and Ashwini added yet another feather to their cap, when they became the first Indian pair to win a bronze at the World Championships in London in August.

 

Lin, Lee on collision course in China badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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LIUZHOU, China — Defending champion Lee Chong Wei and Chinese ace Lin Dan stayed on course for a dream World Superseries Finals title match Friday as both stormed into the semis unbeaten.Lin Dan

Malaysia's Lee came through a tight match 24-22, 21-14 against Danish veteran Peter Gade, while "Super Dan" made short work of Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-11, 21-13.

Crucially, both players topped their groups after the three round-robin games, meaning they will avoid each other in Saturday's semi-finals.

World number one Lee, who has won all three editions of badminton's season finale, will face Chinese second seed Chen Long, while Lin is up against long-time foe Gade.

Olympic champion Lin, 28, crushed Tago in just 42 minutes to stand just two matches from badminton's first "Super Grand Slam" by winning all nine of the sport's premier titles.

 

Kenichi Tago stuns Taufik Hidayat to finds a perfect start in Group B of BWF Super Series Finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 December 2011
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Japan’s right-handed shuttler, Kenichi Tago, finds a wonderful start as he has defeated higher ranked Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in his first match in Group B in the 2011 BWF Super Series Finals, on Wednesday, December 14, in China.

The World Number 12 Tago put up superb show of top class badminton and emerged as the winner in a fabulous fight of three games against Taufik, who is the former World and Olympic Champion and current World Number 11 in the Men’s Singles world rankings. The Japanese took three sets of 61 minutes to stamp his supremacy over the Indonesian.Kenichi Tago stuns Taufik Hidayat to finds a perfect start in Group B of BWF Super Series Finals

The first set was tough as both shuttlers played fast game and it was Taufik who won it with a close margin. Nevertheless, Tago fought back in the second set of the match and took it with a similar narrow margin. The final set was completely one-sided when the Japanese showed no respect to his challenger and won it with an incredible difference.

 

Chen Long beats Kenichi Tago in Men’s Singles Group B – Badminton news (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 December 2011
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China’s in-form shuttler, Chen Long, had to play to his full potential to beat Japan’s Kenichi Tago in the Men’s Singles Group B match in the 2011 BWF Super Series Finals, on Thursday, December 15, at Liuzhou, China.

The right-handed Long, who has been placed at number three in the Men’s Singles world rankings, has to work extra hard to beat a spirited Tago in a thrilling fight that took 72 minutes of fabulous performance from both sides. The Chinese played well in the final set and won the match in three games.BWF Super Series Finals: Chen Long beats Kenichi Tago in Men’s Singles Group B

It was a surprising performance for the local crowd as Tago thrashed Long with a huge margin in the opening game. However, the Chinese played to his maximum speed in the second game and levelled the match by winning it with a close difference. He continued his killing play in the final set and finished it up with a superb score.

 

Lee stays perfect at Superseries Finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 December 2011
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LIUZHOU, China - World number one Lee Chong Wei trounced Indonesia's Simon Santoso 21-10, 21-15 Thursday as he stepped up his bid for a fourth consecutive World Superseries Finals crown.

The Malaysian ace buried 15 smash winners as he sent Santoso packing in just 34 minutes at the season finale in Liuzhou, southern China, after taking three games to beat Japan's Sho Sasaki on the opening day.Lee Chong Wei in the Superseries Finals

China's Chen Long battled back from a game down to beat Japan's Tago Kenichi 12-21, 21-18, 21-13 to also make it two out of two in group play at the US$500,000 event.

China's Olympic champion Lin Dan, who is seeking the last major title to elude him, will face Indonesian star Taufik Hidayat in an eagerly awaited clash during Thursday's evening session.

 

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