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Lee Chong Wei and men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in Swiss Open final.

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Published: 15 March 2009
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World No 1 Lee Chong Wei avoided a humiliating defeat in the hands of Denmark's Jan Jorgensen but men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong fought gallantly to topple All England champions Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun of China to reach the final of the SWiss Open in Basel last night.

Chong Wei, the top seed, dropped the second game against the unheralded Jorgensen before securing a 21-12, 20-22, 21-9 win in 51 minutes in the semi-finals.

The Malaysian had taken a 13-4 lead in the second game but an over-confident Chong Wei relaxed his grip on the match and shockingly allowed Jorgensen to snatch an unlikely 22-20 win to force the deciding third game.

However, Chong Wei managed to recover in the deciding game to win 21-9 and secure his fourth consecutive final appearance in the Super Series this year.

His fierce rival Lin Dan of China faced no such difficulty as he beat compatriot Chen Jin 21-13, 21-14 in 44 minute to cruise into the final.
Chong Wei cannot afford to slip up against Lin Dan as the in-form Chinese ace will tear the Malaysian apart if he puts up a similar performance in the final tonight.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong finally proved they are made of sterner stuff as they battled to a 23-21, 18-21, 21-14 victory in 56 minutes to reach the final.

The win gave them the chance to end a 17-month drought in the Super Series when they tackle Danish rivals Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in the final today.

Boe-Mogensen were involved in a marathon clash against Lee Yong Dae-Shin Baek Cheol of South Korea before registering a 19-21, 21-19, 21-14 in 71 minutes.

Boe-Mogensen easily defeated Kien Keat-Boon Heong in the quarter-finals of the All England and it will be interesting how the Malaysians psyche themselves up this time.

The fact that 2007 Denmark Open was their last Super Series title will also be an added motivation for Kien Keat-Boon Heong in the final.

Meanwhile, Wang Yihan moved within a match of securing an impressive third back-to-back title after beating compatriot Lu Lan 22-20, 19-21, 21-16 in 64 minutes to reach the final in Basel.
 

BAM's strength is only in numbers (pic)

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Published: 15 March 2009
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CHINA has been dominating the badminton world for several decades but its startling revelation that it has less than 1,000 registered shuttlers is food for thought.Malaysia only have Chong Wei as a world class performer in the men’s singles.

The lack of talent in a country with more than 1 billion population is a scary thought and one wonders where that leaves Malaysia, which only has 26 million to look for talent from.

The Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) revealed the facts during the All England last week, which came before China swept all five titles for the first time while Malaysia's best effort was a runner-up finish by Lee Chong Wei. JULIA WONG

In order to tackle the problem, CBA has planned a professional domestic league and has even cautioned that its top players will only compete in selected Super Series and grand pix events, which will give the Badminton World Federation (BWF) a headache.

But what about the BA of Malaysia's situation?

Although Malaysia's total number is marginally better (see graphic) than China's as there are 1,153 active players ranging from the Under-12 category to senior level.
 
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Chong Wei Mows Down Taufik For The Semis (pic)

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Published: 15 March 2009
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KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong advanced to the semi-finals but injury put an end to women's doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui's progress in the Swiss Open last night.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, the second seeds, defeated Michal Logosz-Robert Mateusiak of Poland 21-14, 21-17 in 30 minutes to reach a Super Series semi-finals for the first time this year.Tan Boon Heong (front) and Koo Kien Keat beat Michal Logosz-Robert Mateusiak of Poland 21-14, 21-17.

The Malaysians will meet either All England champions Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun of China or England's Chris Adcock-Robert Blair in the last four today.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong had also scored a comprehensive 21-17, 21-16 win over Joko Riyadi-Candra Wijaya of Indonesia in the second round on Thursday.

Pei Tty and Eei Hui were supposed to meet South Koreans Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung of South Korea late last night but a back injury to Eei Hui, said national singles coach Rashid Sidek, will see the World No 1 pair taking no further part in the tournament.
"Eei Hui suffered a recurrence of a back injury during the All England but she decided to continue.
 

Lin Dan struggles

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Published: 15 March 2009
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WORLD NO 1 Lee Chong Wei (pic) began strongly but rival Lin Dan of China stuttered in the first round of the Swiss Open on Wednesday.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek, however, cautioned that not too much be read into the below par performance of Lin Dan.

Chong Wei defeated Kenichi Tago of Japan 21-18, 21-12 in 35 minutes but Lin Dan, the All England champion, had to battle for an hour before beating Arvind Bhat of India 19-21, 21-17, 21-16 in his opening match.

However, Rashid, in a telephone interview from Basel, said Lin Dan looked disinterested but still controlled the entire game and it won't be wise to discount him.

"Lin Dan normally toys around with his opponents in the early rounds. His struggle may also be because he may not be taking the Swiss Open as seriously as he did the All England. He was in control and the scoreline doesn't tell the true picture," said Rashid.
"He was totally different in the All England as he won all his matches in straight games and if he puts his mind to it, Lin Dan is very difficult to beat.

"On the other hand, Chong Wei has maintained his form and he has a very good opportunity to reach the final.

"Winning will be 50-50 but much will depend on what Lin Dan and the Chinese camp have in mind."

Chong Wei played Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in a late second round match while Lin Dan squared off against compatriot Lu Yi.

Veteran Wong Choong Hann, who upset Indonesian No 3 Simon Santoso in his opening match, ended his campaign rather disappointingly after a 16-21, 21-12, 21-16 defeat to Andrew Smith of England in a 48-minute second round last night.

Malaysia are assured of a last eight berth as Lee Tsuen Seng met compatriot Sairul Amar Ayob in the second round late yesterday after clearing the first round in contrasting styles.
 
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Eei Hui-Pei Tty will lose world No. 1 spot due to hiccups in Europe (pic)

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Published: 15 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: The failure to get past the early rounds in their outings in Europe will cost Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty the number one position on the world women’s doubles ranking list.Second best: Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui will drop to second place in the world rankings behind Taiwan’s Chen Wen-hsing-Chien Yu-chin.

Eei Hui-Pei Tty, who conceded a walkover to South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun-Kim Min-jung in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open in Basel on Friday, will drop to second place behind Taiwan’s Chen Wen-hsing-Chien Yu-chin in the new ranking list to be released next week.

Wen-hsing-Yu-chin defeated Danes Lena Frier Kristiansen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-16, 21-16 in the quarter-finals. The Taiwanese would have enough ranking points to knock Eei Hui-Pei Tty from the top spot even if they lost to Olympic champions Du jing-Yu Yang of China in the semi-finals yesterday.

Eei-Hui-Pei Tty, who won the Super Series Masters Finals last December, were eliminated in the second round of the All-England in Birmingham last week, losing in straight games to the Chinese fifth ranked pair of Pan Pan-Qing Tian.

 

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