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Chong Wei last Malaysian standing in Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 19 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No 1 and defending champion Lee Chong Wei did not allow the resignation of his coach Rashid Sidek affect his game as he marched into the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Japan Open in Tokyo on Thursday.

Top-seeded Chong Wei took only 34 minutes to tame Anand Pawar of India with a 21-12, 21-16 win to set up a match against qualifier Jun Takemura. Jun Takemura returning a shot to Hu Yun of Hong Kong, as he went on to win 21-18, 21-17.

The unheralded Takemura caused a stir in the tournament when he dumped eighth seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-18, 21-17.

On Thursday, the Indian shuttlers continued to show their prowess when three of them – H.S. Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram and K. Srikanth marched into the last eight. Prannoy pulled off the biggest upset of the day when he sent Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen packing with a 21-14, 13-21, 21-17 win.

If Chong Wei wins, he will meet the winner of the match between Ajay and World Championships bronze medallist Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam for a place in the semi-finals.

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Rashid quits national team (pic)

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Published: 19 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Rashid Sidek dropped a huge bombshell on Thursday by quitting the national team citing that he could no longer work under the new management.

On Thursday, Rashid handed his resignation letter to Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh to end his 10-year service with the national team.Rashid Sidek, seen her with Lee Chong Wei (right), has decided to quit the BAM training programme.

Rashid said he had had enough as he could not work under BAM's new president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff and the Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong.

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BAM to explain resignation

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Published: 19 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will hold a press conference Friday to explain the resignation of national singles coach Rashid Sidek after none of the top office bearers were ready to give any statements.

On Thursday, BAM’s Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong confirmed Rashid’s resignation but did not want to give any comments. He asked the media to contact BAM’s Support Service Group (SSG) general manager Kenny Goh.

Kenny referred the media to the BAM’s president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff. Tengku Mahaleel however, said that it was only right that Aik Mong address the issue as he was the man who was responsible for all the changes.

And when contacted again, the 63-year-old Aik Mong said that he would hold a press conference on Friday to look into Rashid’s decision to sever ties with the BAM due to unhappiness over some of the changes in the national set-up.

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Badminton world no. 1 Li out of Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2013
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World number-one Li Xuerui pulled out of the badminton Japan Open Wednesday because of a sore knee, with her teammate linking the problem to a jam-packed schedule for Chinese players.

The 22-year-old London Olympic champion suffered pain in her left knee and consulted the venue doctor before the Japan Open's first day, a tournament press official said.

The doctor, Takemasa Miyauchi, confirmed Li's knee trouble and the top-seeded Chinese player withdrew from the first-round match against Japan's Aya Ohori, the official said.World number-one Li Xuerui, shown September 14, 2013, has pulled out of the badminton Japan Open because of a sore knee, with her teammate linking the problem to a jam-packed schedule for Chinese players.

No more details on her knee problem were immediately available.

Li's male teammate Wang Zhengming told AFP: "Members of the Chinese team, including myself, have a tight schedule filled with matches."

"I think she (Li) probably had an old injury that was hurting again somewhat because of fatigue," he said through an interpreter.

Li, the 2012 All-England champion, was not immediately available for comment after limping out of the event, the eighth leg of the 12-round World Superseries and badminton's top-flight tour.

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PV Sindhu, Pawar, Jayaram reach second round of Japan Open badminton (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2013
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Olympic champion and top-seeded Li Xuerui of China, who was in Sindhu's side of the draw, gave a first round walkover to Japanese Aya Ohori. This means Sindhu, barring an upset, should easily make the semifinals.

World Cup bronze medallist PV Sindhu made a winning start in the USD 200,000 Japan Open Super series in Tokyo on Wednesday. Seed No. 8 Sindhu defeated Japanese qualifier Yukino Nakai 21-12, 21-13 in just 29 minutes in a Round 1 match. Sindhu will play Japan's Akane Yamaguchi, another qualifier, in the second round on Thursday.PV Sindhu, Pawar, Jayaram reach second round of Japan Open badminton

Interestingly, top-seeded Li Xuerui of China, who was in Sindhu's side of the women's singles draw, is out of the championship. Olympic champion Xuerui gave a first-round walkover to Japanese Aya Ohori. This means Sindhu, barring an upset, should easily make the semifinals where she could face the sixth seed Taiwanese Tzu Ying Tai.

It was Anand Pawar and K Srikanth who created a flutter at the Japan Open as they notched up stunning victories over their higher-ranked opponents in the men's singles competition in Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium.

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