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Lin Dan is superior to Chong Wei, says Yongbo

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Published: 10 August 2009
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EVERYONE wants to watch a men’s singles match between world number one Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan in the World Championships.

And a confident China chief coach Li Yongbo says that the two-time world champion Lin Dan will win the title if both are playing to their best of abilities.

“Currently, Lin Dan and Chong Wei are the best two men’s singles players in the world. But my pick is on Lin Dan,” said Yongbo at a rare press conference appearance yesterday.

“In every way of the game, I think Lin Dan is superior to Chong Wei. But if Lin Dan is not playing to his true form and Chong Wei does extremely well, then the match will favour the Malaysian,” he said.

There is a possibility that Chong Wei and Lin Dan will clash in the semi-finals of the world meet barring any upsets in the early round.

Chong Wei’s early stumbling blocks are Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh and Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia while Lin Dan should get past his compatriot Bao Chunlai of China and Denmark’s evergreen shuttler Peter-Gade Christensen to set up a clash with Chong Wei.

 

World Championships: Something special needed, says Misbun

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 August 2009
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NATIONAL singles coach Misbun Sidek wants Lee Chong Wei to stop worrying about China's Olympic champion Lin Dan but concentrate on raising his own performance in the World Championships which begin in Hyderabad, India, tomorrow.

Misbun feels Chong Wei has maintained consistency throughout the year but needs to produce a special performance if he wants to win the World Championship title.

Chong Wei, the top seed, has a relatively easy path to the semi-finals where the showdown with Lin Dan is drawn to take place.

The Malaysian is understandably worried as not only is Lin Dan a two-time world champion but also enjoys a better record in the head-to-heads.

Misbun, however, said Lin Dan is only part of the equation as Chong Wei has to beat several players to become the world champion.

 

 

World Championships: Zakry-Fairuz in positive mood

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 August 2009
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ZAKRY Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari have thrown away numerous chances to establish themselves as a world-class combination but the pair are determined to not miss out on a medal in the World Championships.

Everything is in place for Zakry and Fairuz to achieve the feat in the Hyderabad World Championships after the withdrawal of defending champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia on Friday.

Markis-Hendra would have won hands down in an expected quarter-final clash had they decided not to withdraw and Zakry is optimistic this is the best chance for them to turn around their troubled partnership.

 

England Quits Badminton Event in India Over Security (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2009
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 Aug. 9  -- England’s badminton squad has pulled out of the Yonex-Sunrise BWF World Badminton Championships in India amid reports of a terrorist threat.

A specific threat from Pakistan-based militants Lashkar-e- Taiba had reportedly been made against the championships, due to start tomorrow in the southern city of Hyderabad, Badminton England said in a statement on its Web site today.England badminton players Nathan Robertson, left, and Andrew Smith practice with teammates at the venue of the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad, India on Aug. 8, 2009.

“This was an incredibly tough decision and one we didn’t take lightly,” the team’s Chief Executive Officer Adrian Christy said in the statement. The eight-strong team would be returning to the U.K. “immediately.”

India’s Home Ministry and the police chief of Hyderabad ruled out a terror threat to the event, V.K. Verma, president of the Badminton Association of India, said in a phone interview from Hyderabad.

 

Go forth and make history

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 August 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: They may have gone down different paths in their careers but former national women’s doubles pair Lim Pek Siah-Chor Hooi Yee have one common wish for their former team-mates and current world No. 1 Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty.

They want Eei Hui-Pei Tty to do better than them and create history at the world championships which will be held in Hyderabad, India, from Aug 10-16.

Pek Siah and Hooi Yee believes that Super Series Masters Final champions Eei Hui-Pei Tty have what it takes to make a breakthrough.

Eei Hui-Pei Tty have equalled the feat of Pek Siah and Hooi Yee by reaching the last eight three times at the world meets in United States (2005), Madrid (2006) and Kuala Lumpur (2007).

 
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