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Easy opener for Xuerui in Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s world No. 1 Li Xuerui has recovered from a bout of allergies she picked up during the Denmark Open in October and is ready to defend her Super Series Finals title.

The Olympic champion from China fell ill in Denmark and conceded a walkover to team-mate Wang Shixian, and subsequently withdrew from the French Open.Li Xuerui in a file photo. She easily beat South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju 21-9, 21-7 in just 26 minutes in their BWF Super Series Finals Group B match.

The bubbly 22-year-old however stormed back to win the China Open in November and has managed to keep that momentum going since then.

On Wednesday, Xuerui was simply on fire as she thrashed South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju 21-9, 21-7 in just 26 minutes in their Group B match.

“I had good preparations for this tournament but I really did not expect to win so easily,” said the Chongqing native.

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Boe-Mogensen want one more Super Series Finals win (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 3 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen are looking to end a dismal year by gunning for their fourth straight Super Series Finals title.

The veteran Danish pair were in top form as they tore apart South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae, who are competing in their last tournament as a pair, to win their Group B tie 21-16, 21-19.Danish pair Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen defeated South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae to win their Group B tie 21-16, 21-19.

Boe-Mogensen, buoyed by the win, are now looking forward to their second Group B match against Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa.

The Japanese also got off to a winning start, but not before being given a run for their money by compatriots Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata. Endo-Hayakawa won 19-21, 21-19, 21-12.

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Wei Feng crashes out in first round of SEA Games (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: There was disbelief written all over shuttler Chong Wei Feng’s face on Tuesday.

He became his own worst enemeny when he let slip a chance for a golden debut in the SEA Games after losing 19-21, 12-21 to A. Suppanyu of Thailand in the opening round of the men’s singles competition at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C. Chong Wei Feng lost to Thailand's A. Suppanyu 19-21, 12-21 in the opening round of the SEA Games.

“It is my first SEA Games and I lost to Suppanyu for the first time in the first round. It is a SEA Games to forget,” said a disappointed Wei Feng.

“I came with the huge ambition of winning the title here but I have allowed the pressure to get to me. I did not raise my standard today and paid a heavy price for it.

“I have beaten Suppanyu twice before without much fight but today, I made so many mistakes and gave him the room to slam down winners.”

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Top Seed Nguyen bemoans tough badminton draw (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 December 2013
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VIETNAM’s Nguyen Tien Minh was not a very happy man on the eve of the badminton competition.

The 30-year-old Tien Minh was given the top billing in the men’s singles but he claimed that the organisers had erred in Monday’s draw.

“There are 16 players in the men’s singles event and how can only two players be seeded. This is not right,” said a disappointed Tien Minh. SEA Games badminton top seed Nguyen Tien Minh feels more players should be seeded in the 16-man competition that starts on Wednesday.

Tien Minh has a first round bye in the competition that starts today.

He is expected to meet the winner of the first round match between Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia and Thailand’s A. Suppanyu in the quarter-finals tomorrow.

“Wei Feng should be seeded as well. I may meet him earlier because he is unseeded. Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia, who should be seeded fourth, is also in my half. I am the top seed but I have the toughest draw. Usually, the top four players are seeded.

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Chiew Sien will make the most of opportunity Read more: Chiew Sien will make the most of opportunity.

Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 December 2013
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LIM Chiew Sien's maiden appearance in the Sea Games could be a turning point in her badminton career.

The World No 142 was included in the women's singles team two weeks ago along with Yang Li Lian following national No 1 Tee Jing Yi's decision to quit the national team.

A member of the 2011 World Junior Championships mixed team gold medallists, Chiew Sien is giving herself three years to establish herself in the sport.

"I hope to become a top-10 shuttler in the world in three years but it will not be an easy feat. I still need to work my game," said Chiew Sien at Wunna Theikdi Arena in Naypyitaw yesterday.

"I thought I was dreaming when I was told I would be replacing Jing Yi in the Sea Games squad. I could not believe it at first."

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