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Chong Wei To Meet Lin Dan At Hong Kong Open Semifinals Tomorrow

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Published: 18 November 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18  -- World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei easily cruised into the men's singles semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open Badminton Championship after defeating Indian singles Ajay Jayaram in today's quarter-finals.

Chong Wei only took 31 minutes to defeat Ajay, ranked 34th in the world, with 21-16, 21-13 in the championship worth US$250,000 (RM791,301).

However, Chong Wei is expected to face tough competition from his traditional enemy, Lin Dan, at the semi-finals tomorrow.

Lin Dan, who is 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist, booked the ticket to the semi-finals after defeating Shon Wan Ho from Korea, 21-15, 21-18 in just 40 minutes.

World number two, Chen Long from China, who defeated R.M.V Gurusaidutt from India 21-13, 23-21 also qualified to the semi-finals.

Chen Long will play against the winner of another quarter-final match between Peter Hoeg Gade from Denmark and Jin Chen from China.

 
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Indonesia wins men's team badminton at SEA Games (pic)

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Published: 18 November 2011
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PALEMBANG, Indonesia -- Indonesia beat Malaysia 3-1 to win the men's team badminton final at the Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday, one of 16 gold medal successes on the day for the medal table leader.

The men’s badminton team emphasized its domination in the region by taking its third consecutive gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games. Hosts Indonesia kept the top spot in the Games

In front of a full house at Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta, Indonesia defeated archrival Malaysia 3-1 in the men’s team final on Tuesday.

Despite playing against a young Malaysian team — the country decided against sending its top players such as world no. 1 Lee Chong Wei and men’s doubles stars Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong — the host was forced to play all out to win the gold.

 

Saina enters R2 of Hong Kong Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 November 2011
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Hong Kong: Saina Nehwal moved into the second round of the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open badminton tournament with a 21-4, 21-17 win over Tsz Ka Chan (Hong Kong) on Wednesday.

Fourth-seeded Saina will next take on Jie Yao of the Netherlands. Nehwal beat Tsz Ka Chan to move into the second round of the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open.

Meanwhile, Ajay Jayaram, who reached the last 16 at the World Championships stunned world No. 6 Sho Sasaki in his opening match of the men's singles event.

Jayaram, ranked 34th in the world beat the sixth seeded Japanese 14-21, 21-18, 21-14 in 49 minutes to set up a clash with Jie Yao of Holland in the second round.

Arvind Bhat and Gurusai Dutt also advanced to the second round of the men's singles event.

Bhat defeated Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei 21-18, 21-15 while Dutt got the better of French player, Brice Leverdez 21-11, 21-16.

Bhat will play second-seeded Chinese Long Chen while Gurusai Dutt takes on another Chinese Pengyu Du, seded seventh.

 
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I have a pact with Chong Wei to stop China, says Taufik

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Published: 18 November 2011
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JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat has made a pact with Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Denmark’s Peter-Gade Christensen to prevent China from having a maximum number of qualifiers in the London Olympic Games next year.

All they have to do now is dominate the top four positions in the world rankings.

Taufik figures this is the only way to prevent China from manipulating the rankings so that they can have the maximum three shuttlers in the men’s singles at the Olympics.

Over the last few months, China have conceded several walkovers in tournaments, mostly by Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin, citing injuries.

These walkovers have allowed Chen Long to move into second spot in the rankings, followed by Lin Dan at No. 3 and Chen Jin at No. 5. Chong Wei remains the world No. 1.

 

Lin Dan beats Chong Wei in Four Heavenly Kings Showdown

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Published: 18 November 2011
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BEIJING: World No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei was beaten by arch-rival Lin Dan again in a repeat of his devastating loss in the men’s singles final of the world championships in August.

The Malaysian suffered an almost identical defeat, losing 19-21, 21-12, 20-22, in the final of the Four Heavenly Kings Showdown tournament in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan in Guangdong province on Friday.

At the world championships in London, Chong Wei lost to his nemesis 20-22, 21-14, 23-21.

The biggest names in world badminton – Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia and Dane Peter Gade Christensen – were invited for the tournament held to commemorate the opening of the Li Yongbo Badminton Academy. Yongbo, China’s chief coach, is the adviser while badminton legend Tang Xianhu serves as the principal of the academy.

For his win, Lin Dan pocketed one million yuan (RM500,000) while Chong Wei received 400,000 yuan (RM200,000).

In the semi-finals, Lin Dan beat Taufik 21-13, 21-18 while Chong Wei scored an emphatic 21-11, 21-18 victory over Christensen. Taufik and Christensen got 200,000 yuan (RM100,000) each.

The next probable meeting between Chong Wei and Lin Dan could be the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open Super Series starting on Tuesday.

 
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