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Malaysia's hopeful Lee faces tough battle in Olympic badminton quarters

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Published: 12 August 2008
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BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Second-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia faces a tough war against Sony Dwi Kuncord from Indonesia in the men's singles badminton quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympics.

    Lee eliminated Kestutis Navichas of Lithuania on Tuesday to enter the quarterfinals while Sony, third-placer at Athens Games, beat Ville Fang of Finland to sail further.

    Af Tuesday's match, Lee said he played at 80 percent against Navichas as he was better than the rival.

    However, he expressed concerns on Sony "he is a top player and is very good of defense."

    Lee was eliminated by Sony in last year's World Championships, and it is his time to pay back. The two will fight on Thursday at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium.

    Lee, together with world No. 1 Lin Dan from China, is widely recognized as the one setting the trend of the badminton sport at the moment.

    Sony now ranks No. 5 after Lin, Lee, Lin's teammates Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin.

 
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UK mixed badminton pair advance (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 August 2008
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By John Ruwitch

BEIJING (Reuters) - Britain's Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson eliminated second seeds Zheng Bo and Gao Ling of China in Olympic mixed doubles badminton on Tuesday, exacting revenge for Athens when Gao helped deny them the gold.

Emms and Robertson took the first game, winning 21-16, but the Chinese rallied and won the second by the same score. In the third, the Athens silver medallists were down at one stage 6-12, but clawed back to win 21-19. Image

 
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Bill Gates says he 'became' badminton player

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 August 2008
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BEIJING -- Bill Gates watched badminton matches at the ongoing Olympic Games here on Monday morning, and joked he was a badminton player.

Gates, founder of Microsoft and once the richest man in the world, said the competitions were "great" and he was impressed. When asked if he had been a badminton player, he replied with smiles "I became one."

He wrote "badminton is great" and signed his name at the Badminton World Federation's signature book.

The matches in the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium on Monday morning were between the world top men's singles, women's singles and women's doubles players, in which the defending Olympic women's doubles champion Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen were ousted early in the quarterfinals.
 
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97-year-old travels 2,400km by bike to see badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 August 2008
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BEIJING (AFP) — A 97-year-old grandmother has travelled 2,400 kilometres (1,491 miles) by tricyle to watch the Chinese badminton team in action at the Beijing Olympics.

Xiao Xincui, affectionately known as old Xiao, sat in the back while her grandson Liu Xianghui provided the pedal power on their mammoth journey from Henan province in central China.

The epic trip took five weeks and they arrived to see women's singles champion Zhang Ning play on Sunday.

"I'm very excited to be here," said Xiao.

Her grandson said he wanted to make the trip as a thank you to Xiao for bringing him up after his father died when he was young.

Their journey has caught the imagination of the Chinese media and public and they now have tickets to see the 110m hurdles final at the National Stadium where the whole of China will be willing Liu Xiang to win another gold medal.

 
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Shuttler Chong Wei Whips Ronald Susilo, Poised For Quarterfinals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 August 2008
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By Tham Choy Lin

BEIJING, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's top bet for a medal in the Olympics, stamped his class over Ronald Susilo of Singapore 21-13, 21-14 in his opening second-round match today as all badminton seeds took to the courts Monday.

Chong Wei, who is seeded number two behind two-time reigning world champion Lin Dan of China, took just 38 minutes to shatter any hope Ronald may have had of repeating his upset of Lin Dan in the Athens Olympics four years ago.

"I was feeling a little stiff since this was the first match. But after taking the lead, from 9-9 to 13-9, I cooled down and was more relaxed," said Chong Wei, who is now poised to breeze into the quarterfinals.

His third-round opponent is either Kestutis Navickas of Lithuania or Stanislav Pukhov of Russia and a win will see him into the last eight.

"No matter who (it's going to be), I will not underestimate my opponent," said Chong Wei of his next round tie.

Ronald was the biggest opening hurdle for Chong Wei but the 29-year-old former Indonesian national was no match for the more skilful and fitter Malaysian.

After an overly eager start, Chong Wei settled down to exert his control, making good his overhead smashes to attack Ronald to his right.

"I was also trying to make use of the draft in the second game. I am still adjusting to the wind," he said.

Lin Dan, under pressure to deliver the gold, meets Hong Kong's Ng Wei in the evening. Malaysia's other men's singles player, Wong Choon Hann, faces defending champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.
 
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