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Korean Shon stuns Lee to bag title (pic)

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Published: 01 May 2012
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NEW DELHI — Unseeded South Korean Wan Ho Shon capped his superb run in the India Open badminton tournament with an upset win over top-seeded Malaysian Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles final on Sunday.

Shon, who also qualified for the London Olympics, won 21-18, 14-21, 21-19 in a 66-minute thriller, which ended when world number one and defending champion Lee netted a service return.Wan Ho Shon of Korea reacts after defeating Malaysian badminton player Lee Chong Wei

The South Korean, who upset second seed Peter Gade of Denmark in the quarter-finals, then threw his racquet into the stands while celebrating his first victory over the Malaysian in five matches.

"I was very confident as I had nothing to lose. It was the best match I played in the tournament," the 23-year-old Shon said through an interpreter after claiming his maiden Super Series title.

 

Chong Wei to work on weaknesses that cost him title at the India Open (pic)

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Published: 01 May 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not allow his shock defeat at the India Open to disrupt his preparations for the London Olympics.

The first thing he intends to do is restore order by defending his title in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in Johor Baru starting tomorrow.

On Sunday, Malaysia’s Olympic gold medal prospect Chong Wei went down to South Korea’s Shon Wan-ho 18-21, 21-14, 19-21 in an error strewn final in New Delhi.Out to make amends: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong lost in the quarter-finals of the India Open last week and will be out to make good in Johor.

It was his first defeat to world No. 17 Wan-ho, who is being groomed to take over from his more illustrious compatriot Lee Hyun-il when he quits after the London Games.

Chong Wei, who was competing in his first tournament after picking up a shoulder injury at the All-England in March, gave due credit to his South Korean opponent, who will turn 24 in a couple of weeks.

“I went to India without any high expectations after the injury and the outcome clearly showed that I still have some work to do,” said Chong Wei, who arrived home yesterday.

 

Indonesian Badminton Duo Going For Gold After All England Title (pic)

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Published: 12 March 2012
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 When Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir won the All England mixed doubles title on Sunday, they didn’t just end a nine-year drought. They also renewed the country’s hope of continuing its Olympic gold medal tradition.

Indonesia has won at least one gold medal in each of the Games since badminton became a full Olympic sport in 1992. But the struggles of Indonesia’s shuttlers these past three years put that streak in doubt at this year’s Olympics in London. Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir celebrate following their victory over Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl during the mixed doubles final of the All England Open Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Sunday.

Last year, of the 60 available titles at badminton’s top-tier tournaments, the Super Series, Indonesia won just two. Both came from Tontowi and Liliyana.

 

All England Badminton 2012: Malaysian Lee Chong Wei's record bid thwarted by injury as Lin Dan wins fifth title (pic)

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Published: 12 March 2012
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 Chinese pin-up Lin Dan won his fifth All England men's singles title on Sunday against Lee Chong Wei, but only after his chief rival from Malaysia was forced to retire with a shoulder injury in Birmingham.

 There was to be no record, no congratulatory phone call from the Malaysian prime minister. Chinese pin-up Lin Dan won his fifth All England men's singles title on Sunday against Lee Chong Wei, but only after his chief rival from Malaysia was forced to retire with a shoulder injury in Birmingham.

Lin had said before the final that he didn't care who won the showdown everyone was hoping for. But the world and Olympic champion clearly showed compassion when the world No 1 offered his hand when 21-19 and 6-2 down in the second game.Shuttle run: All England Open Champion Lin Dan of China (left) with Lee Chon Wei of Malaysia

Before Chong Wei's injury - he played with his right shoulder heavily strapped - the Malaysian Datuk was perhaps slight favourite for a third successive All England title, a feat no men's singles player had achieved since Rudy Hartono, the Indonesian master of 38 years ago.

At least there were glimpses during their brief 31-minute foray as to why these two are considered the best in their discipline by some considerable distance.

Both defend with remarkable agility - which the packed Birmingham crowd had earlier witnessed to superb effect in a men's doubles thriller - while their speed and net play made sure of a 28th meeting. Lin has now prevailed in 19 of those encounters.

 Despite their obvious ferocity on court, a unique bond exists between these two players off it, summed up when the two swapped shirts "on the spur of the moment" over the net, to the delight of the 8,000 inside the National Indoor Arena.

 

Danish maestro Peter Hoeg Gade calls Lin Dan the real ace of badminton

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Published: 07 March 2012
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 The Danish maestro Peter Hoeg Gade paid homage to his contemporary Chinese shuttler Lin Dan by calling him the greatest of his times.

The 35-year-old Danish living legend Peter Gade is going to grace the Olympics for the last time as he is expected to call it a day after spending 17 years in badminton arena, which itself a record that nobody is likely going to break.

 The former All England champion Peter Gade is determined to end on high despite of the fact that he will have to excel the top players like Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, Chen Jin, Chen Long and Lee Hyun-Il in his last All England Open.

But out of all these heavy weights, Peter Gade is impressed by the Chinese ace Lin Dan only and calls him the greatest and incomparable.

Gade said, “But there is no doubt that Lin Dan is the best of them. I don't think that anyone is close to him, to be honest. “

 

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