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Top seeds easily win superleague openers

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 February 2011
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World number two Taufik Hidayat, although pushed to a rubber set match, defeated Febriyan Irvanaldy from Mutiara Bandung 21-15, 15-21, 21-14 during the opening of the 2011 Djarum Badminton Superleague in Surabaya on Sunday.

Taufik, playing for SGS PLN Bandung, is among several top seeds who clinched easy victories in the preliminary rounds of the Rp 1.3 billion (US$147,000) club tournament. The only top seed losing during the first day was world number eight Bona Septano.

Taufik’s SGS PLN Bandung teammate world No. 10 men’s doubles competitor Hendra Aprida Gunawan and partner Flandi Limpele were victorious against Ricky Karanda and Ricky Widianto from Mutiara Bandung with scores of 21-13 and 21-19.

World No. 8 men’s double team Mohammad Ahsan and Fran Kurniawan from Djarum Kudus bested Agripina Prima and Angga Pratama from Jaya Raya Jakarta 21-15 and 21-13.

 

Chong Wei, Taufik team up at Indonesian super league

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 February 2011
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The second Djarum Indonesian Badminton Super League will likely attract more spectators as world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and world No. 2 Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia team up as players of the SGS PLN Bandung in the event starting Sunday.

Taufik, who is deputy chief of the SGS, said he was happy to have Chong Wei in his team and participating in the league.

“The approach started during the Malaysia Open [in January], I asked him whether he’d like to join Musica [Champion Kudus]. At that that time he said that he couldn’t make it. But when I asked him again, he agreed to join my club,” Taufik said during a drawing here on Thursday.

He hoped Chong Wei’s appearance would benefit the club and enliven the Rp 1.35 billion (US$150,000) event.

The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) chief Djoko Santoso said that the association fully supported the league. “Hopefully, the league will produce more badminton heroes for Indonesia.”

 

Back-up shuttler stuns Chun Seang to enter final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 February 2011
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KUALA TERENGGANU: Back-up singles player Mohd Arif Abdul Latif stunned second seed Tan Chun Seang in the semi-finals of the National Circuit Grand Prix Finals at Stadium Negeri here yesterday.

Arif snatched a 18-21, 21-15, 21-9 victory with a do-or-die attitude yesterday to set up his first ever appearance in the final of a GP Finals, where he will face world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei today.On the rise: Mohd Arif Abdul Latif in action against Tan Chun Seang in the semi-finals of the National Grand Prix Finals in Kuala Terengganu yesterday.

Yesterday, Arif took a fairly relaxed approach in the first game and it led to him making many unforced errors to allow Chun Seang to win 21-18.

However, Arif bounced back in the second game by mixing his game and towards the tailend of the game, Chun Seang conceded three points in a row to lose at 15-21.

It was touch and go in the rubber game until Chun Seang disputed a call by the line judge with Arif leading at 13-8.

 
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Chong Wei to work on overcoming disadvantage against Lin Dan (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 February 2011
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PETALING JAYA: Resignation of his coach. Titles and big bucks. And a painful revelation.

Indeed, the month of January has been an extraordinary roller coaster journey for Lee Chong Wei.

The year started quite awkwardly for world No. 1 when his coach, Misbun Sidek, dropped a bombshell by sending in a resignation letter to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) via email on Dec 31.

But Chong Wei stayed focused and positive and went on to win the 2010 Super Series Masters title in Taipei, lifted the Malaysia Open for a seventh time and finished as the runner-up in the world’s richest tournament, the US$1.2mil South Korea Open.Master shuttler: Lin Dan in action during the South Korea Open final on Sunday. The Chinese ace holds the psychological advantage over Chong Wei, especially in high-stake tournaments.

And for his perseverance and strong show of will, Chong Wei reaped a total of RM430,600 in prize money from the three tournaments and in bonuses from the BAM.

It was a big bonanza for the hard working Chong Wei in a single month. He would have banked in more than RM500,000 if he had claimed the US$90,000 (RM275,000) top prize for the South Korea Open title. But he again fell short to beat China’s Lin Dan in the final.

Although Lin Dan was not in the best of condition to probably not showcase his full strength, he still managed to score a 21-19, 14-21, 21-16 win in more than an hour battle.

 

China cash in at $1.2 million Korean Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 February 2011
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Badminton's first $1 million-plus tournament, the Korean Open, ended in a near clean-sweep for China, led by Olympic and ex-world champion Lin Dan.

The Chinese team lifted four of the five titles on finals day on Sunday, highlighted by Lin's victory over his old foe Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.China's Lin Dan celebrates after he defeated Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles final match of Korea Open Super Series Premier 2011  badminton tournament in Seoul January 30, 2011.

Lin won 21-19 14-21 21-16 to take his career record over the world number one to 15-7 in major tournaments, including victories in the Beijing Olympics and Asian Games finals.

In-form Lee had come to Seoul after stunning successes this month in the Super Series finals in Taiwan and the Malaysian Open but once again Lin proved his downfall on the big occasion.

China also won the women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The men's doubles went to Korean favourites Jung Jae-sung and Lee Yong-dae.

Total prize money at the tournament was a record $1.2 million. The Korean Open, one of the five new Super Series Premier tournaments, is followed by the All England championships in Birmingham in March.

 
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