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China cash in at $1.2 million Korean Open (pic)

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Published: 02 February 2011
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Badminton's first $1 million-plus tournament, the Korean Open, ended in a near clean-sweep for China, led by Olympic and ex-world champion Lin Dan.

The Chinese team lifted four of the five titles on finals day on Sunday, highlighted by Lin's victory over his old foe Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.China's Lin Dan celebrates after he defeated Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles final match of Korea Open Super Series Premier 2011  badminton tournament in Seoul January 30, 2011.

Lin won 21-19 14-21 21-16 to take his career record over the world number one to 15-7 in major tournaments, including victories in the Beijing Olympics and Asian Games finals.

In-form Lee had come to Seoul after stunning successes this month in the Super Series finals in Taiwan and the Malaysian Open but once again Lin proved his downfall on the big occasion.

China also won the women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The men's doubles went to Korean favourites Jung Jae-sung and Lee Yong-dae.

Total prize money at the tournament was a record $1.2 million. The Korean Open, one of the five new Super Series Premier tournaments, is followed by the All England championships in Birmingham in March.

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Lin Dan Denies Chong Wei's Third Straight Super Series Title

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Published: 02 February 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 -- World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei failed in a bid to bag his third consecutive Super Series title after losing to Lin Dan of China in a thrilling Korean Open Super Series final in Seoul, Sunday.

Chong Wei who lost the first game 19-21, managed to level the tie by winning the second 21-14 and force the match into a deciding game but Lin Dan showed why he is the most feared player in the world when he clinched the third 21-16.

The Malaysian ace was gunning for his third consecutive title after having won the Super Series Grand Final in Taipei and the Malaysian Open Super Series last week but for Lin Dan, seeded sixth in the tournament, it was his first title of the year.

Meanwhile, local favourites Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae dumped world number one pair Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen from Denmark 21-6, 21-13 to clinch the men's doubles title in convincing fashion.

Apart from the men's singles, Chinese shuttlers also stamped their superiority by sweeping three more titles in matches that featured all-Chinese affairs. The women's doubles was won by Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang who avenged their defeat in the Malaysian Open final to Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei, with a 21-18, 19-21, 21-4 victory while the women's singles title which was also a repeat of the Malaysian Open final, saw Wang Yihan reverse the score in Kuala Lumpur by beating Wang Shixian 21-14, 21-18.

The mixed doubles title went to Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei who beat Jiaming Tao/Tian Qing 21-17, 13-21, 21-19.

The Korean Open offered USD1.2 million in total prize money.

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Hafiz Can Go But Misbun Saga Drags On

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 January 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR Jan 23  -- Muhammad Hafiz Hashim will be released by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) but the saga of coach Datuk Misbun Sidek drags on.

BAM president Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Salleh said Hafiz who has a contract until next year will have his contract terminated on Feb 1.

The BAM supreme council which met at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil today also gave Nadzmi the mandate to find a solution to Misbun's problem.

Nadzmi said that he would be talking to Misbun about his resignation letter after Proton Malaysian Open has concluded.

Misbun resigned as national singles coach on Dec 31 last year but BAM asked him to reconsider and continue to train top single player Datuk Lee Chong Wei.


Freezing conditions but our shuttlers are not complaining

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 January 2011
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PETALING JAYA: A winter storm welcomed the Malaysian team when they arrived in Seoul yesterday for the South Korea Open.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager, Kenny Goh, who accompanied the team, said yesterday that the temperature was -5°C.

“It dips to -10°C at night. The locals are saying that it is one of the coldest winters for them. But our team have settled down here,” he said in a telephone interview.

“The players had a chance to play in the stadium today. They had a good warm-up session for about two hours. They are keeping themselves warm here.”

The Open, which is the second leg of the BWF World Super Series, starts today with the qualifying tournament and Malaysia’s Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Hoon Thien How and Chan Chong Ming-Lee Wan Wah will open their campaigns against Singaporeans Terry Yeo Zhao Jiang-Liu Yi and China’s Hong Wei-Shen Ye respectively.

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Heat’s on Lee in cold Seoul (pic)

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Published: 25 January 2011
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PETALING JAYA: It’s freezing cold in Seoul but world No 1 Lee Chong Wei will be out to keep up a hot run at the US$1.2mil South Korea Open beginning tomorrow.

With the biggest-ever prize money at stake in the history of world badminton, Chong Wei is prepared to deal with the weather, the absence of his coach Misbun Sidek, a very tough draw and tremendous pressure to become the first Malaysian to win three back-to-back titles in a month.Best friends: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia showing off their medals and mock cheques at the Malaysia Open on Sunday.

Chong Wei has bagged the 2010 Super Series Masters Finals (Jan 9) and Malaysia Open (Jan 23) titles to give early warning of another season of dominance in the BWF World Super Series.

He is breaking all kinds of barriers and based on his strong determination, more is expected to come from him as he seeks to become the first Malaysian to become the world and Olympic champion.




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