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Relaxed Pengyu spells trouble for Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
Written by Hits: 526

ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 3 Du Pengyu is loving the fact that he is currently not competing in China … or anywhere in Asia.

The 25-year-old from Hubei is more relaxed competing away from the limelight back home and as such is enjoying his game a lot more.

The Denmark Open third seed was given a scare by Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen in the first round when he was stretched to three games but finally produced his best in demolishing Holland’s Eric Pang 21-17, 21-11 in the second round on Thursday.Du Pengyu is more relaxed and not feeling any pressure as he is currently not competing in Asia.

The fact that Pengyu is not feeling any pressure and is in a more relaxed mood certainly spells danger for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, as the duo are expected to meet in the semi-finals.

“This is my fourth time competing in the Denmark Open and I love the fact that I’m competing in a stress-free environment,” said Pengyu.

“Back in Asia ... and China, there is so much limelight on us and it is really intense at times.

“Thus I really love the fact that I’m out of the limelight for a change … I can enjoy my game a lot more.

“Even though we are players, we just want to have some personal time to chill and relax with friends too.

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Still early days for Yong-dae and Yeon-seong (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
Written by Hits: 514

ODENSE (Denmark): The Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong combination is not making any impressions yet, but doubles star Tan Boon Heong is not about to be fooled.

Making their debut and seeded eighth at the Denmark Open, Yong-dae-Yeon-seong barely scraped through the first round against home pair Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding, winning in three close games.

That partnership, which is still shaky at best, improved slightly with a 21-19, 21-7 win over another Danish duo Anders Skaarup Rasmussen-Kim Astrup Sorensen in the second round on Thursday.Lee Yong-dae (right) with previous partner Ko Sung-hyun in a file photo. Yong-dae's partnership with Yoo Yeon-seong still looks a bit shaky.

The 26-year-old Boon Heong however believes that it's still too early to judge the Korean pair.

Boon Heong and partner Koo Kien Keat, gave themselves a much-needed confidence boost with yet another solid win over Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Johannes Schoettler.

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Scheduling, dope test irk Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
Written by Hits: 652

ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was less than pleased with the scheduling of the matches in the second round of the Denmark Open.

Chong Wei was scheduled to start his match against local lad Viktor Axelsen at 9pm (Danish time), but because of the long proceedings from the earlier matches, only started his match more than an hour later.Viktor Axelsen in a file photo. He was trounced by Lee Chong Wei 21-11, 21-17 in the Denmark Open second round.

He was also required to do a random dope test after the match which irked him because of the inconvenience of timing.

But Chong Wei did his talking on court as he gave the 19-year-old Axelsen, who stays just a few blocks from the tournament venue, a lesson in badminton with a 21-11, 21-17 win.

“I’m not too happy with the time the matches have been arranged to be honest,” said Chong Wei.

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Swollen foot ends Daren's Denmark campaign (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 October 2013
Written by Hits: 651

ODENSE (Denmark): Liew Daren’s Denmark Open campaign suffered a premature ending after he was forced to retire from his first round match against India’s P. Kashyap with a swollen left foot on Wednesday.

World No. 16 Daren lasted only eight minutes when he conceded a walkover while trailing 4-11.

Daren’s French Open title defence next week is now at risk.

“I really don’t know what happened to my foot. I woke up this morning and it was badly swollen,” said Daren.

“I was fine during the practice sessions the past two days and I certainly did not twist my ankle.A swollen left foot forced Liew Daren to concede a walkover in his first round Denmark Open match against India’s P. Kashyap.

“There is no infection as well and I don’t think there’s any allergy involved.

“It’s definitely disappointing to exit this way ... I don’t even know if I can compete in next week’s French Open.”

Kashyap who will go on to face either home favourite Jan O Jorgensen or Japan’s Takuma Ueda, admitted that it would have been nicer to get more time on court.

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Sticking by partner works for Boe-Mogensen (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 October 2013
Written by Hits: 643

ODENSE (Denmark): China, South Korea and Indonesia have experimented with splitting their doubles combinations but Danish doubles star Mathias Boe believes that sticking with his partner is definitely the way to go.

The 33-year-old Boe has played with several partners in his career but it is his partnership with Carsten Mogensen that has made the most impact.

The pair played 343 matches together and won a silver medal at the London Olympics. They were also runners-up at the World Championships in August.Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in a file photo. The pair have played 343 matches together and won a silver medal at the London Olympics.

China have split their Olympic gold medallists Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng and South Korea have also done away with current world No. 1 Lee Yong-dae-Ko Sung-hyun.

Indonesia have had no problems tinkering with their doubles pairs too and have enjoyed tremendous success with Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan winning the world title this year.

But, Boe, who is ranked third in the world with Mogensen, believes that “having the trust and understanding with my partner is the secret to our staying power”.

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