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Taiwan duo take women's badminton title (pic)

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Published: 19 January 2009
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SEOUL -- Top seeds Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin from Taiwan defeated South Korea's Lee Hyojung and Lee Kungwon Sunday to win the women's doubles title at the 2009 Yonex Korea Open Super Series held in Seoul. Cheng Wen-hsing, left, and Chien Yu-chin from Taiwan yesterday win the women's doubles title at the 2009 Yonex Korea Open Super Series held in Seoul.

Cheng and Chien stopped their second-seeded South Korean opponents in straight sets, 21-19, 21-8.

The Taiwanese women got off to a rocky start in the first set, falling behind 11-5, but seemed more comfortable together after taking a break. The fought back to tie the set at 19-19 before closing it out by taking the final two points.

Riding the momentum of their first set comeback, the Taiwanese duo coasted past the South Koreans in the second set to clinch the title.

Cheng and Chien won US$27,000 for their efforts at the US$300,000 tournament, which featured a total of 175 men and women from 21 countries.

The team from Denmark was the biggest winner in the competition, walking away with three of the tournament's five titles — in the men's singles, women's singles and men's doubles.

The host team of South Korea only managed to win the mixed doubles event.

 
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Triple joy for Danes at Korean Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: After enjoying a winning streak for more than two years, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei finally lost his touch against Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark with a rare defeat in the Korean Open men’s singles final in Seoul yesterday.

The world number one went down 18-21, 21-10, 17-21 in a 53-minute battle that saw the Dane’s superiority at the net and a solid defence.

With the defeat, Chong Wei failed to win his third consecutive titles. He had won the Super Series Masters Finals last month and his fifth Malaysian Open title on Jan 11. The defeat also meant that Chong Wei failed to win his first title as a world number one player outside Malaysia.

Chong Wei was not too disappointed over his failure to beat the Danish veteran yesterday.Sweet revenge: Denmark’s Peter Gade- Christensen waves to the crowd after beating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final Sunday. — AFP

“This is my first final appearance in the Korean Open. I think this is my best result in a tournament during winter. Personally, this is an improvement for me,” said Chong Wei in a telephone interview.Lee Chong Wei failed in his attempt to win a third consecutive Super Series men's singles title when he fell to Denmark's Peter Gade-Christensen in the final of the Korean Open badminton championships Sunday.

But he admitted that he could have played better.

 
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'Lone Ranger' Chong Wei Breezes Into Semi-final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 (Bernama) -- World No: 1 men's singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei breezed in style to the semi-final of the USD$300,000 (RM1.07 million) Korea Open Super Series when he defeated Park Sung-hwan of South Korea at the 2nd Olympic Gymnasium, Bangi-Dong in Seoul today.

In the hour-long, quarter-final match, the Beijing Olympics silver medallist was stunned in the first game when the seventh seed Sung-hwan who capitalised on home-ground advantage, clinched a 21-18 win.

However, Malaysian Open champion Chong Wei did not lose his nerve and went on to win with ease, the second game 21-7.

In the rubber game, the 25-year-old Penangite endured stiff resistance from Sung-hwan.

Nevertheless, the backing from staunch home supporters was a plus factor for the Malaysian who went on to win the decider game 21-16.
 

Saina out of Yonex Korea Super Series, Diju-Gutta move on (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2009
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Seoul: Saina Nehwal bowed out of the Yonex Korea Super Series 2009 losing to Indonesia's Adrianti Firdasari in the second round, while mixed doubles duo of V Diju and Gwala Gutta upset the top seed to move into the quarter-finals, on Thursday.

Saina, the fifth seed, went down 21-18, 18-21, 12-21 in a match that lasted 47 minutes.

The Indian shuttler, who got walk-over against Canada's Charmaine Reid in the first round, used her powerful smashes to eke out a win in the first game but thereafter lost her way.DREAM SHATTERED: Saina Nehwal had got walk-over against Canada's Charmaine Reid in the first round.

 

Chong Wei keeps flag flying in Seoul

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are left with Lee Chong Wei and former national doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah to keep the fire going in cold Seoul after the second round matches of the Korean Open yesterday.

After a jittery start on the opening day, top seed Chong Wei gave a better account of himself , taking only 20 minutes to beat Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsul 21-14, 21-9 yesterday to set up a quarter-final match against Park Sung-hwan.

The Korean will be out to avenge his defeat by the world number one in the Malaysia Open final last Sunday.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek said that he was glad to see Chong Wei warming up to the task in Seoul.

“He is getting better and showed the vast difference in standard between him and the young Thai today. But the toughest job is to beat a Korean on his home ground,” he said in a telephone interview.

“Sung-hwan will have the extra motivation to please his fans and he may get some form of help from the line judges. From past experience in South Korea, line calls favouring home players can be a problem and Chong Wei has to be psychologically ready for the challenges tomorrow.”

 

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