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Saina enters R2 of Hong Kong Open (pic)

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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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I have to work harder in training sessions to cope up with top contenders, says Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 06 November 2011
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The World Number One, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is fully aware of the fact that he needs to work extra hard in training session to cope up with the major contenders from all over the world, particularly from China.Road to olympic gold medal will not be easy for Chong Wei

The 29-year-old Chong Wei is in killing form as he has reached at the podium berth in all tournaments he participated in the present year, which proves his incredible hard work and dedication in the training sessions.

 

Chong Wei’s French win a good lesson for juniors

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Published: 01 November 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: The way Lee Chong Wei bounced back from his Denmark disappointment to clinch the French Open title is a good lesson for all aspiring youngsters – as well as those from the elite men’s doubles department.

On Sunday, Chong Wei downed Japan’s Kenichi Tago 21-16, 21-11 in Paris to win his seventh title of the year in his 11th final appearance.

Earlier in the semi-finals, Chong Wei exacted sweet revenge on China’s Chen Long, who had defeated the Malaysian twice in the finals of the Japan and Denmark Opens.

It was world No. 1 Chong Wei’s 39th career individual title since making his breakthrough in the senior scene in 2002 and his 20th Super Series title since its introduction in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar in 2007.

His transformation – especially in the match against Chen Long – in just a week clearly showed that Chong Wei is made of sterner stuff.

Chong Wei deserves a pat on the back for putting some thought into his game and to change his style of play to outplay Chen Long and re-assert his status as the world’s leading shuttler.

 

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