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Chen Long makes surprise exit at Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stormed into the second round of the Japan Open on a day world No. 2 Chen Long and fourth seed Boonsak Ponsana made shocking exits in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Chong Wei, competing in his first tournament proper since the World Championships final defeat to Lin Dan, was just too strong for Taiwan’s Hsu Jen Hao, winning 21-15, 21-9 in 35 minutes.

Chong Wei will take on Anand Pawar in the second round after the world No. 37 Indian shuttler pulled off a stunning 21-17, 7-21, 21-18 win over world No. 12 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia.Chen Long fell 22-24, 16-21 to local qualifier Kazuteru Kozai.

But it was the loss of Chen Long that reveberated around the stadium.

Chen Long, who is seen as the one most likely to end Chong Wei’s reign at No. 1, was off the pace as he fell 22-24, 16-21 to local qualifier Kazuteru Kozai.

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Chong Wei has easy draw in Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 17 September 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, competing in his first tournament proper since losing in the final of the World Championships last month, should have no problem defending his Japan Open title when he takes to the court on Wednesday.

Chong Wei came close to winning Malaysia’s first world title in badminton in Guangzhou last month.

Unfortunately, the two-time Olympic silver medallist suffered cramps in the third game against nemesis Lin Dan and retired while trailing 17-20.The Japan Open will be Lee Chong Wei's first real test as he guns for his fourth title – after his victories in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

Although Chong Wei did participate in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) after the world meet, the Japan Open will be his first real test as he guns for his fourth title – after his victories in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

Chong Wei, who will turn 31 next month, will certainly have it easy in Tokyo as there’s a clear lack of major obstacles in his half of the draw.

He meets Taiwan’s Hsu Jen Hao in the first round and should progress to face Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro next.

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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei says Japan Open on priority list (pic)

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Published: 17 September 2013
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TOKYO - Badminton's world number one, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, said on Tuesday he has been selective about his competition schedule despite worries at home that he has been playing too much.

"Indeed, I have been playing in so many tournaments," the 30-year-old said in Tokyo on the eve of the $200,000 Japan Open, the eighth leg in the 12-round World Superseries.

"But I have adjusted the number of tournaments I play," he said through an interpreter, noting that he skipped the last Superseries event, the $250,000 China Masters in Changzhou last week.L-R: Badminton players Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, and Indonesians Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan pose for photos at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan.

"As I have said every year, the Japan Open is the most important tournament for me as it is an event of my biggest sponsor," he said, referring to a Japanese sportswear and gear maker.

Lee, who has already won the Opens in South Korea, Malaysia,India and Indonesia, is going for a record fourth Japan Open men's singles title.

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China bag four out of five titles (pic)

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Published: 16 September 2013
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BEIJING: China’s badminton stars on Sunday celebrated victory on home soil, claiming all but one of the five titles up for grabs on the final day of the China Masters.

Seventh seed Wang Zhengming took the men’s singles title after a marathon 75-minute game against South Korea’s Son Wan-ho, which he eventually won 11-21, 21-14, 24-22.Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand greets Liu Xin of China during the women’s singles final of the China Masters in Changzhou on Sunday.

In the women’s singles final, Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk failed to clinch a fairytale title after she was overcome by China’s Liu Xin 21-4, 13-21, 21-12.

Porntip staged the upset of the tournament when the unseeded 21-year-old defeated world number one Li Xuerui in their semi-final on Saturday.

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BJSS coaches promoted to national team (pic)

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Published: 16 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s the same old badminton coaches but with different roles and responsibilities.

On Thursday, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) separated their national squad into two teams and named former Olympic Games men’s doubles bronze medallist Razif Sidek and former world champion Hendrawan as the heads.

Razif is the head of Team A, which comprises the country’s top shuttlers while Hendrawan manages the back-up players under Team B.

Both Razif and Hendrawan have chosen their own coaches, including those from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).BJSS chief coach Zhou Kejian will now work with Rashid Sidek and Tey Seu Bock to produce more singles winners.

The only one missing from the coaching structure is former doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her, who will now be assisting BAM Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong.

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