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Malaysia's Lee not optimistic about retaining title at S'pore Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: He is the current world number one and defending champion of the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open, but Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei is not optimistic about retaining his title.

He is, instead, setting his sights on the World Championship in August.

Last year, some top players – including then world number one Lin Dan from China – gave the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open a miss as they were preparing for the Beijing Olympics.

Lee took advantage of that and went on to win the event against Indonesia's Simon Santosa.

Now, despite being ranked number one in the world, he is not upbeat about his prospects at the Singapore Open due to his tight schedule and short preparation time.

One player who is hoping to do well at the Singapore Open is crowd favourite, Denmark's Peter Gade. The 32-year-old current world number two plans to retire next year and is hoping for a win in Singapore.

China's Lin is again giving the event a miss, but China will still have a strong presence at the tournament which begins on Wednesday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 
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Indonesia Open: Chong Wei out for revenge in Jakarta (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 June 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei's crack at the Indonesia Open title will receive a major test against nemesis Lin Dan of China as the duo are likely to meet in the semi-finals of the Super Series event in Jakarta on May 16-21.

Chong Wei, who won the event in 2007, went down in straight games to the Olympic champion in the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou last month.Lee Chong Wei will have another chance at beating his rival Lin Dan if they meet in the semi-finals.


However, it was the Malaysian who triumphed in their last Super Series meeting, the Swiss Open in April, where Chong Wei upstaged the World No 3 in straight games in Basel.

 
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Lucky Chun Seang counts his blessings

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Tan Chun Seang can consider himself lucky to be given the nod to join world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei as the two men’s singles representatives from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for the Singapore Open next week.

Singles chief coach Rashid Sidek grounded the rest of the shuttlers, including former All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim, from the tournament for serving up inconsistent performances over the last few months.

And Chun Seang will be out to prove that he is worthy of the place.

 
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A Chong Wei- Lin Dan semi-final on the cards this time (pic)

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Published: 04 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: A possible showdown in the semi-finals between world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Olympic champion Lin Dan sets the stage for a thrilling Indonesian Open badminton championships in Jakarta from June 16-21.

Both players skipped the Indonesian Open last year to concentrate on preparing for the Beijing Olympics but this time, they have committed themselves to the event, which will be held back-to-back to the Singapore Open from June 9-14.

Their presence in the Indonesian Open is no surprise because it is the last Super Series tournament offering ranking points to the World Championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.Lucky Chun Seang counts his blessings

Lin Dan has dropped to third spot in the latest world rankings behind Dane Peter-Gade Christensen and Chong Wei. And the two-time world champion will be playing in a Super Series tournament as the third seed for the first time and in the draw yesterday, he found himself in the same half as Chong Wei.

 

Chong Wei aims to live up to his reputation in Singapore Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: After suffering an unexpected blip in his last Open tournament two months ago, Lee Chong Wei will be looking to live up to his reputation as the world’s top ranked singles player in the Singapore Open next week.

Chong Wei suffered food poisoning at the Indian Open and the weakened shuttler was beaten by Chinese junior Chen Long in the first round.

Olympic champion Lin Dan is giving the Singapore Open a skip for the second successive year and it again presents Chong Wei, who leads one of the smallest Malaysian teams in years to the championships, a good opportunity to win a third Super Series title this year.

 

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