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Chong Wei says Chen Long is a threat to his Olympic hopes

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Published: 24 October 2011
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ODENSE: World No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered another heartbreak at the hands of China’s Chen Long when he lost 15-21, 18-21 in the men’s singles final of the Denmark Open here yesterday.

And immediately after the loss, Chong Wei declared that the 22-year-old Chen Long has now become a genuine challenger aside from Lin Dan of China for next year’s Olympic Games in London.

Chong Wei had hoped for a revenge after losing to Chen Long in the final of the Japan Open last month but to his surprise, the Chinese turned out to be a much tougher opponent.

While the Malaysian was slower than usual, the Chinese took full control of the match from the start with his excellent court coverage, superiority at the net and solid attacking play.

 

Chong Wei Makes It To Denmark Open Final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 October 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22  -- World number one singles, Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the men's singles final of the Denmark Open badminton championship to be held in Odense, Denmark Sunday.

The top Malaysian shuttler, who is also the first seed in the championship, beat Denmark's Peter Hoeg Gade 21-19, 23-21 in a 40-minute clash Saturday night.

Chong Wei, who is chasing his sixth title this year, will face world number four, Cheng Long from China and was the only Malaysian to proceed to the final round of the championship.

Earlier, the Malaysian men's doubles pair of Hoon Thien How/Tan Wee Kiong lost in the semifinals this morning to the Chinese top pair of Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 11-21, 11-21.

Malaysia's top pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were surprisingly ousted much earlier in the first round on Wednesday when they lost to the South Korean pair of Cho Gun Woo/Kwon Yi Goo 21-15, 15-21, 12-21.

 
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U.S. men's badminton team wins gold at Pan Ams (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 October 2011
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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Howard Bach already has a plan for adding an Olympic gold medal to his Pan American Games success in badminton.

Choose the right partner.

In Guadalajara, Bach teamed with Tony Gunawan, who received his U.S. passport only a month ago, to win the badminton doubles title Wednesday. Gunawan, by the way, won Olympic gold in doubles for Indonesia in 2000.
Tony Gunawan (left) and Howard Bach of the United States celebrate winning the gold in the men's doubles badminton event at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
"One thing I always tell people," Bach said. "If you want to be gold medalist, you partner one. To have someone like Tony, he is a big brother on the court. He puts things in perspective.

"He's a leader. When I'm on the court, I'm a follower. He sets up and I execute."

 

Denmark Open Premier Super Series: Tai Tzu Ying beats Saina Nehwal in Women’s Singles round-of-16 (pic)

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Published: 22 October 2011
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Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying proves her mettle as she defeated the higher ranked Saina Nehwal of India in the Women’s Singles round-of-16 of the 2011 Denmark Open Premier Super Series, at Odense, Denmark, on Thursday, October 20.Denmark Open Premier Super Series: Tai Tzu Ying beats Saina Nehwal in Women’s Singles round-of-16

The World Number 18 Tzu Ying played surprising badminton against the World Number Four Saina, who was also the fourth seed in the Women’s Singles main draw of the Denmark Open. The Taipei shuttler played to her full potential and finished up the straight-set contest in 36 minutes.

 

Denmark Open Premier Super Series: Lee Chong Wei topples Chen Jin in Men’s Singles quarter-final (pic)

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Published: 22 October 2011
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Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei continues his uninterrupted run in the Denmark Open Premier Super Series as he has toppled China’s Chen Jin in the Men’s Singles quarter-final, on Friday, October 21, at Odense, Denmark.Denmark Open Premier Super Series: Lee Chong Wei topples Chen Jin in Men’s Singles quarter-final

The World Number One and top seed, Chong Wei played highest standard badminton against Jin, who was the sixth seed in the Men’s Singles draw of the event. The Malaysian was in no mood to slow down the pace of the rallies and finished up the match in straight games without any considerable fight.

Chong Wei took the opening game of the match without any trouble as it was completely one-sided. However, in the second game, the former World Champion, Jin played better game and remained close until the concluding phase of the second set but failed to win it as Chong Wei grabbed the ending points to finish off the match in 47 minutes.

In the starting points of the opening set, Chong Wei established an early lead by playing to his full potential. He played with maximum speed and employed his deceptive strokes to put pressure on the Chinese and remained successful in setting up a wonderful lead until the interval.

 

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