KUALA LUMPUR: No new stars stole the show in the Korean Open on a day when two tournament favourites, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long of China, made it to the men’s singles quarter-finals in contrasting fashions.
Top seed and defending champion Chong Wei stayed hot in a cold Seoul by disposing of Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-14, 21-18 in the second round but second seed Chen Long dropped a game before making it through.
All England champion Chen Long overcame a sluggish start to beat Takuma Euda of Japan 19-21, 21-9, 21-14.
Today, Chong Wei will face a usual suspect – Du Pengyu of China, while Chen Long has set up a match against Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam.
National singles coach Rashid Sidek said that the season opener has given a sneak preview of what to expect in the men’s singles competition - probably for the rest of the season.
The long-standing deadlock between India's ace doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has ended. The national federation has dropped all the charges against the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
It was last week in New Delhi when the impasse is reported to have ended when she met BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta after the 78th senior national championships.
"I am very happy with the decision BAI has taken. I will be playing as a part of the Indian team in future tournaments too. It will be an honour to represent the country as always," Jwala was quoted as saying to the Times of India on Friday.
In football, it is not uncommon for coaches to be fired within months, sometimes weeks, of failure.
But in badminton? Not often heard of.
Yet it is the very course of action taken by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), on the back of what president Lee Yi Shyan acknowledged as a year of “faring poorly” at tournaments like the Li-Ning Singapore Open and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The association has parted ways with singles coach Luan Ching and doubles trainer Yoo Yong Sung, both of whose contracts were due to run till the end of the year.
SBA officials confirmed that China native Luan ended his four-year tenure by consensual agreement while Yoo of South Korea resigned from a post he had held for only a year.
PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was on fire, as usual, but it was yet another first round stinker for national champion Chong Wei Feng in the Korean Open in Seoul.
Defending champion Chong Wei breezed past local hopeful Son Wan-ho 21-11, 21-18 despite the chilly conditions on the courts on Wednesday.
Wei Feng showed that he still has a lot to learn in terms of adapting to treacherous playing conditions en route to falling to an 18-21, 11-21 defeat to towering Russian shuttler Vladimir Ivanov in 35 minutes.
It was his second straight first round loss in an international tournament, following the shocker at the Myanmar SEA Games last month.
Chong Wei, clearly not too pleased at seeing his compatriot fall so early, offered some words of wisdom.
“It’s not ideal to see Wei Feng lose so early ... he certainly has a lot to learn still,” said Chong Wei.