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Lin Dan may miss cut for Masters Finals

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Published: 10 December 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It may be a little too late for China’s Lin Dan to make the cast for the Super Series Masters Finals in Taipei next month even if he wins the Hong Kong Open title this weekend.

The Guangzhou Asian Games champion is hanging dangerously in 12th position in the latest ranking.

Lin Dan had a chance to improve on his position in the China Open last week but he conceded a walkover to Chen Long in the quarter-finals.

Lin Dan entered for the China and Hong Kong Opens to make up the minimum quota of participation in six events of the 12-leg Super Series this year.

Only the top eight in each event get to play in the Masters Finals scheduled for Jan 5-9.

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Peng Soon-Liu Ying deliver first big upset at Hong Kong Open (pic)

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Published: 08 December 2010
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PETALING JAYA: The year is coming to a close but mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying showed they are not letting up in their pursuit for glory.

The young pairing delivered the first big upset of the Hong Kong Open badminton championships by bundling out world No. 2 Hendra Aprida Gunawan-Vita Marissa of Indonesia 21-14, 15-21, 21-16 in their opening match yesterday.Quite a pair: Malaysia’s Goh Liu Ying (left) and Chan Peng Soon stunned Indonesia’s world No. 2 Hendra Aprida Gunawan-Vita Marissa 21-14, 15-21, 21-16 in the Hong Kong Open yesterday.

The pair took only 37 minutes to chalk up the impressive win and set up a date with another Indonesian pair – Fran Kurniawan Teng-Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth – for a place in the last eight today.

Liu Ying made it a double joy when she partnered Chin Eei Hui to overcome seventh seeds Zhang Dan-Zhang Zhibo of Macao 22-24, 21-15, 21-18 in the first round of the women’s doubles competition.


Unsporting ploy employed by Chinese players

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 December 2010
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I AM an ardent badminton fan and player and I watch the live telecast of the Super Series whenever possible. Lately, I noticed an unsporting tactic used by the Chinese players during crucial moments of a game to upset their opponents.

Whenever a Chinese player is receiving service, he will put up a hand to show he is not ready even though he is already in position. This will upset the rhythm of the server.

Those who play doubles will know that executing a good, low service is one of the most tense moments in the game.

The server will go through a preset routine, both physically and mentally, before executing the service. It requires a lot of mental strength and concentration to execute a good low service, especially during the end of the game when the score is very close or when the game goes to deuce.

It is at this crucial moment that the Chinese player receiving service will raise a hand even though he is already in position, thereby forcing the server to stop his execution of the serve and thus upsetting his rhythm.

The server will then have to start his pre-service routine all over again, and with additional stress and tension.

In the semi-final match between the Chinese and Taiwanese pairs in the recently concluded China Open, the Chinese players were resorting to this unsporting tactic in the closing stages of the third set. The Taiwanese pair lost despite holding match point twice.

The Chinese players have refined the art of using this unsporting tactic and using it at critical stages of the game and doing it in such a subtle way that the umpires are not cautioning them. This tactic is used by all the Chinese players – men and women, singles and doubles and mixed doubles.

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PBSI Clears Path for Men’s Duo, Coach to Reunite

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Published: 08 December 2010
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National team men’s doubles coach Sigit Pamungkas is set to resign from the Cipayung national training camp and return to his club, Jaya Raya.

The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) confirmed the news on Wednesday, saying it agreed to release the coach so he could help train the country’s top men’s doubles pair of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan for the 2012 London Olympics.

“Sigit has been assigned to help prepare Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan to defend their Olympic gold medal in London,” Lius Pongoh, head of the PBSI’s training camp, told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday.

“Owing to the fact that [Markis and Hendra] resigned from the camp earlier this year and have been training at Jaya Raya ever since, we allowed Sigit to resign in order to train them at the club.”

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China clean up in Shanghai

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Published: 08 December 2010
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SHANGHAI - The hosts stormed to a near-clean sweep of the China Open Super Series in Shanghai on Sunday, the all-powerful country cementing its dominance of the sport.

The fifth-seeded Chen Long came from a game down to beat his eighth-seeded fellow Chinese Bao Chunlai 9-21, 21-14, 21-16 to battle to the men's singles title.

In the women's singles, which was also an all-Chinese affair, the fourth-seeded Jiang Yanjiao upset third-seeded Wang Shixian 21-16, 21-19. Wang won gold at the Asian Games in Guangzhou last month.


In the men's doubles, the Korean duo of Jung Jae-Sung and Lee Yong-Dae, the fourth seeds, took just 40 minutes to smash past China's Chai Biao and Zhang Nan 21-15, 21-12.

The Koreans were the only non-Chinese players competing in any of Sunday's five finals.

Unseeded pair Tao Jiaming and Tian Qing won the mixed doubles crown over fifth-seeds and compatriots Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, who went down 21-18, 21-17.

The women's doubles final was won by second seeds Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei in a walkover.

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