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Tine defends badminton's All-England title (pic)

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Published: 06 March 2009
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BIRIMINGHAM, England (AFP) — Tine Rasmussen, who not long ago worked as a secretary to help fund her badminton, will defend her title the All-England Open which starts on Wednesday as the only woman who has loosened the Chinese dominance.

The last decade has seen 43 of the 50 All-England titles go to Asian players, fully 29 of them to China. And in women's singles eight of the last ten were won by Chinese.

But despite being past her mid-twenties before making her surge from obscurity, Rasmussen is now world number one, the winner of the first two Super Series tournaments of 2009, and a reasonable bet, in European conditions, to test the world's greatest badminton nation again this week.

The 29-year-old Dane is tall and striking, and her style strong and attacking, but her character is an intriguing mix of assertiveness and vulnerability. She also attributes her wonderful start to the year in Korea and Malaysia partly to the power of love.

"Um, I think we, er, we had some things at home, private stuff," she said with an engaging diffidence. "And it was finished.

"We were building up our house, me and my boy-friend, and we had a lot of stuff to decide on all this time. And just before Christmas we moved in," she said.

 
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Chen clings to All-England title after controversial win (pic)

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Published: 06 March 2009
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BIRMINGHAM, England : Chen Jin clung to his All-England title by the width of a net tape and amidst a storm of booing during a controversial finish to his quarter-final in the All-England Open on Friday.

It looked as though his unseeded Japanese opponent, Sho Sasaki, had come back from a five-point final game deficit to 20-20 when he leapt forward and dismissed a tight net shot from Chen with a lunging kill.
Chen Jin

But the third-seeded Chinese player stood and pointed, objecting that there had been a foul, and umpire Mike Wright of New Zealand, after an agonising pause, and a slow gesture, agreed, calling the match to Chen by 14-21, 21-13, 21-19.

Sasaki was stunned, dropped his racquet and complained while Chen shook hands with all the officials.

This brought noisy hoots from the crowd and for a while it looked as though a major incident might blow up, as Chen had completed his formalities and began to make his way towards his kitbag.

But at the last moment, Sasaki got over his frustration, completed his circles of frenzied walking, and shook hands with the champion, and the umpire.

 

Donna wins

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Published: 06 March 2009
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Spondon's Donna Kellogg booked her place in the All England Open Championship mixed doubles quarter-finals last night.

Kellogg and Derby-born Anthony Clark overcame England's Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White 21-14, 21-16 in the second round.

They will meet South Korea's Sung Hyun Qo and Jung Eun in the next round of the event, which is being staged at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

 
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All England Open Badminton Championships (pic)

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Published: 06 March 2009
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Lee has it tough but may get it easier

BIRMINGHAM: Lee Chong Wei, the favourite, and Chen Jin, the titleholder, reached the quarter-finals of the All-England Open at Britain’s national indoor arena in very different moods on Thursday.

The Malaysian had to fight very hard for the second successive day before getting past Marc Zwiebler, a tenacious left-hander from Germany, by 21-18, 21-16, thanks to a late surge in both games. The Chinese player by contrast eased through against his younger compatriot Gong Wei-jie by 21-10, 21-10, sometimes barely needing to exert himself much beyond a canter. This may help the third-seeded Chen, who is likely to have a hard job hanging on to his title in a half which includes the Olympic champion, Lin Dan, but who now has a better chance of reaching the later stages with fuller reserves of energy.
 
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Wan Wah eyes a record appearance at world meet (pic)

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Published: 05 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former national doubles ace Lee Wan Wah may have skipped the ongoing All-England but he still has a shot at representing Malaysia for a record seventh time in the World Championships.

Wan Wah, who was the All-England runner-up twice with Choong Tan Fook in 2004 and 2006, also had to forgo the Swiss Open in Basel next week due to lack of fund.Shuttling for a good cause: (From left) President of the Sri Petaling residents' association Tan Tai Tong, CIMB senior manager Ung Su Ling, shuttlers Lee Wan Wah Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming at the launching of the charity drive Wednesday.

Wan Wah-Tan Fook, who play as independent international players, are now ranked at No. 7 in the world and not playing in the two Super Series tournament could see them drop a few rungs in the rankings. They were semi-finalists in both tournaments last year.

 

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