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Lin Dan and Chong Wei set to clash in Super Series Masters Finals

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Published: 28 November 2011
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PETALING JAYA: The year may be coming to an end but Lin Dan is not yet done with Lee Chong Wei. He aims to heap more misery on the Malaysian World No. 1 at the season ending Super Series Masters Finals in Liuzhou, China, from Dec 14-18.

In Lin Dan’s absence, Chong Wei has won the Masters Finals for the past three years. But that fine record is in jeopardy as four-time world champion Lin Dan will finally be making his first appearance in the Masters Finals.

The World No. 2 won the China Open yesterday to confirm his place as the number three qualifier after the completion of the 12-leg Super Series.

Only the top eight qualifiers get to compete in the season finale which offers a total purse of US$500,000.

Lin Dan skipped the first two editions, in 2008 and 2009, because the tournament did not offer world ranking points and he did not see the need to make his presence felt. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) amended their rules last year and offered ranking points.

 

Lin dan triumphs as China's shuttlers dominate (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 November 2011
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SHANGHAI: Lin Dan made it four wins out of five for his country at the China Open on Sunday, but he needed seven match points before beating his teammate Chen Long in a see-saw match in the men's singles final.

Lin was full of confidence after his victory in the semis over tournament first seed and his arch rival, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, but he had to work hard to wrap the title up in two games, 21-17, 26-24.Lin Dan made it four wins out of five for his country at the China Open

"I felt quite relaxed after yesterday's match. I didn't think too much about today... because the gold medal would belong to China, but in the latter half of the second game I was not so patient because victory was so close" Lin said.

Lin also admitted his win over Olympic champion Lee Chong Wei the day before had taken its toll.

"Yesterday's match gave me more pressure... In case there would be a third game I would not have the obvious advantage. Anyway, yesterday's match cost me a lot of strength", he said.

 

China Open Premier Super Series: Chen Long ends winning run of Simon Santoso in semi-final battle (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 November 2011
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Chen Long, the most in-form shuttler of China at the moment, has proved his superiority in the game as he has ended the winning run of Indonesia’s Simon Santoso by beating him in the Men’s Singles semi-final of the 2011 China Open Premier Super Series, on Saturday, November 26, at the indoor arena in Shanghai, China.

The second seed in the event, Long continues his impressive winning streak at international arena. He has been playing remarkable badminton for the last couple of months and has defeated the top shuttlers in the world of badminton in Super Series and Premier Super Series events. He has got another chance to win Men’s Singles title as he has reached in the final of China Open.China Open Premier Super Series: Chen Long ends winning run of Simon Santoso in semi-final battle

 

China Open Premier Super Series: Lin Dan continues his winning streak over Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 November 2011
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China’s Lin Dan continues his supremacy over the World Number One, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia by beating him in the Men’s Singles semi-final of the 2011 China Open Premier Super Series, in China, on Saturday, November 26.

The World Number Two, Lin played with superb confidence against Chong Wei and again ended the road of the Malaysian by winning the semi-final contest in three games. He lost the opening set but bounced back to grab the both following games in style.China Open Premier Super Series: Lin Dan continues his winning streak over Lee Chong Wei

The first game started in an enthralling way as both legends put up tremendous show highest class badminton by playing attacking and positive game. Both remained equal until 4-4 when Chong Wei started to build lead by accelerating his speed. At the one-minute break, the Malaysian was four-points ahead of the Chinese at 11-7.

 

Lin Dan says he won't quit China Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 November 2011
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After easing into the third round of China Open with a two-set (21-16, 21-15) defeat of Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki in Shanghai on Thursday night, four-time badminton world champion Lin Dan of China dispelled speculation over his possible withdrawal from the tournament like he did here last year.

"I've hardly taken a break since French Open (in early November). I took part in a series of events held by the sponsors. Then I went to Dongguan and Hong Kong. I'm definitely tired. But I will not withdraw this time. I quit last year because I was coming off the Asian Games and hadn't adjusted my condition to it."

About his win in two straight sets, he said, "I played well in many aspects of the game, like in the opening of both sets, especially building an 8-2 lead in the first one."

"But he managed to catch up as I relaxed my vigilance a little bit."

He gives credit to Wong, who stunned Super Dan at the Denmark Open in October.

"He played terrific in Denmark, beating me and Lee Hyun-Il. And he has been called Hong Kong's Golden Boy. I feel great to play against him." Asked about his No 3 Olympic ranking, Lin replied with a smile.

"It depends on where my sponsors want me to be. If they need me to become No 1 in the ranking, then I'll go for it," he said.

As for the object of his thanks on Thanksgiving Day, he said his parents deserved it most: "father and mother, my family for their unselfish love. Also my fans."

 
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