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Jin Wei, June Wei may get biggest break (pic)

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Published: 22 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youngsters Goh Jin Wei and Cheam June Wei may get their biggest break when Malaysia begin their campaign in the mixed team event in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Malaysia will play in two group ties against Scotland and the Philippines in Group X1 on Wednesday and the debutants - 13-year-old Jin Wei and 16-year-old June Wei – are expected to be given a chance to play in one tie at least. Darling of Malaysian badminton Goh Jin Wei may a taste of playing in a major junior tournament in the mixed team event in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok.

Malaysia will take on Bulgaria on Thursday. If Malaysia win all three ties and become group champions, they will take on Indonesia in the quarter-finals.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) assessor Tan Kim Her, who has gone to Bangkok as the junior team’s manager, said that Malaysia should not face any trouble making it to the quarter-finals.

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Chong Wei falls in final (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): There will be no birthday joy for world No.1 Lee Chong Wei as Chen Long produced a superb performance to win the Denmark Open on Sunday.

Chong Wei who turns 31 on Monday just couldn’t gain control of the match as world No.2 Chen Long took a worthy 24-22, 21-19 win in 68 minutes.No birthday joy for Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, who turns 31 on Monday, as he was beaten in straight sets by China's Chen Long in the Denmark Open men's singles final on Sunday.

The Chinese ace raced to an 8-5 lead in the first game but Chong Wei turned it around to lead 14-11 at one point.

Chen Long however took four straight points and the pressure was always on Chong Wei in the first game.

He saved two game points from 18-20 down but just couldn’t pull away as Chen Long eventually wrapped up the first game.

Chen Long, who won the All England this year, started strongly once more in the second game and was ahead 12-5 at one point.

Although Chong Wei did well to pull back at 18-18, Chen Long had the momentum and was just too strong in the end.

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Chong Wei is fine despite loss, not so his teammates (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is not too perturbed by the fact that he has failed to defend his Denmark Open title and lost to Chen Long ... yet again.

Chong Wei, who celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday, simply couldn’t match the world No. 2 from China, losing 22-24, 19-21 on Sunday.

That was his seventh defeat to Chen Long in a total of 14 matches and it means that the Chinese ace has definitely cemented his place as Chong Wei’s main rival, especially with the prolonged absence of Lin Dan.No progress. Malaysia's Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong cannot seem to make a breakthrough in Super Series tournaments, prompting questions whether they should be split up.

More importantly, that defeat was also Chong Wei’s second to Chen Long this year, having also received a beating in the All England final back in March.

But the two-time Olympic silver medallist believes that winning or losing in Super Series events is not a big concern at all.

“Honestly, I did not play too well against Chen Long and I made too many mistakes but I’m not too disappointed with the outcome actually,” said Chong Wei.

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Hoyer-Larsen: It’s difficult to curb gamesmanship (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE: Badminton World Federation (BWF) president Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen believes that the sport’s governing body has to be more wary of gamesmanship in tournaments.

The former Olympic champion who is present at the Denmark Open believes the main challenge is to determine whether the act of players withdrawing from matches is genuine.

China are regarded as the main culprits in manipulating tournament draws in this regard. And during the quarter-finals of the Danish meet, they did it once again.China are considered the main culprits in tournament draw manipulation by constantly withdrawing their players with dubious claims of injury.

Women’s singles world No.1 Li Xuerui conceded a walkover to teammate Wang Shixian while top women’s pair Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang did likewise to unseeded compatriots Bao Yixin-Tang Jinhua.

The move is seen to benefit world No.7 Shixian, who is only 10th in the Super Series rankings, as she needs to earn more points in order to qualify for the Super Series Finals in December.

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Yihan hands defeat to Ratchanok, enters final (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE: Former world No.1 Wang Yihan ended the impressive run of world champion Ratchanok Intanon with an impressive come from behind 21-23, 21-19, 21-17 win in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The 2011 world champion has been going through a patchy year but she saved her best for Ratchanok - a player she has never lost to in seven previous meetings.China's Wang Yihan defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in three tough sets on Saturday to advance to the Denmark Open final.

It was a close first game but Ratchanok, who is competing in her first tournament after a lengthy injury layoff did enough to steal ahead.

The 25-year-old Yihan, who won the Danish meet in 2010 then stepped up a notch and was always in the driving seat in securing her seventh win over Ratchanok and a place in the final.

She will face South Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun, who defeated China’s Wang Shixian 21-19, 21-14, for the title.

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