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Lee Chong Wei wins All England badminton title (pic)

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Published: 15 March 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — Lee Chong Wei successfully defended his All-England Open men's singles title when he beat his greatest rival, Lin Dan, the Olympic champion from China, 21-17, 21-1 in Sunday's final.

The top-seeded Malaysian's triumph came as a surprise to many people, for Lin had beaten Lee in three games at the world's first million dollar tournament, the Korean Open, in January.Lee Chong Wei holds the trophy

That was the Chinese legend's 15th success in 22 encounters with Lee, and he had seemed back to somewhere near his best.

But this time Lin rarely tried the fierce airborne attacks for which he has become famous, and Lee's superb movement and excellent shuttle control in the resulting game of cat-and-mouse proved marginally superior.

The defeat means Lin failed to achieve a fifth All-England Open title, which would have been a unique achievement in the open era. The next All-England, not long before the 2012 Olympics, will be his last before his retirement.

"I played safe today -- I didn't go for the points at all," Lee said.

"But I was mentally strong this time."

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Depleted SGS Seals 2nd Victory In Super League (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 February 2011
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The absence of one superstar and the struggles of another didn’t stop SGS PLN from notching its second victory in the men’s division of the Djarum Badminton Super League.

The West Java club fought a back-and-forth tie with Jakarta side Tangkas, before former national team shuttler Tommy Sugiarto secured the 3-2 win at Surabaya’s DBL Arena on Monday.The absence of Lee Chong Wei and a loss by Indonesian legend Taufik Hidayat did not stop SGS PLN from notching up its second victory in the men’s division of the Djarum Badminton Super League.

SGS is considered the favorite to win the men’s title, but Tangkas immediately put a dent on its rival’s reputation when Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh beat world No. 2 Taufik Hidayat 21-15, 21-15 in the first match. “I wasn’t feeling well even before the game, and it carried over when I played against Nguyen. Not to take anything away from Nguyen. He played very well,” Taufik said.

The men’s pair of Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Chayut Triyachart leveled the score with their 21-16, 21-17 victory over Gan Tek Chai and Tan Bin Shen.

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Chong Wei Wins 9th Consecutive National GP Title

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Published: 21 February 2011
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KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 21  -- Datuk Lee Chong Wei lived up to his top billing by winning his ninth consecutive National Grand Prix Finals title, after beating Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif 21-15, 21-16 at the State Stadium here Monday night.

Chong Wei, unbeaten on the local circuit since 2003 and who has won eight straight national crowns, has previously stated that he would want to make it a perfect 10 on the local scene before stepping aside to allow younger players to taste success.

The world number one picked up RM7,000 for his effort in front of about 2,000 fans.

In the women's singles final, Tee Jing Yi upset Sonia Cheah Suya 14-21, 21-15, 21-14 in three sets while Tan Boon Heong/Chin Eei Hui edged Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying to clinch the mixed doubles title.

There was another upset in the men's doubles when scratch pair Hoon Thien How/Tan Boon Heong beat Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari/Ong Soon Hock 21-14, 10-21, 21-19 in three sets.

The women's doubles final saw Ng Poau Leng/Woon Khe Wei emerge victorious after beating Chong Sook Chin/Goh Liu Ying 21-18, 21-10.

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Top seeds easily win superleague openers

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Published: 21 February 2011
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World number two Taufik Hidayat, although pushed to a rubber set match, defeated Febriyan Irvanaldy from Mutiara Bandung 21-15, 15-21, 21-14 during the opening of the 2011 Djarum Badminton Superleague in Surabaya on Sunday.

Taufik, playing for SGS PLN Bandung, is among several top seeds who clinched easy victories in the preliminary rounds of the Rp 1.3 billion (US$147,000) club tournament. The only top seed losing during the first day was world number eight Bona Septano.

Taufik’s SGS PLN Bandung teammate world No. 10 men’s doubles competitor Hendra Aprida Gunawan and partner Flandi Limpele were victorious against Ricky Karanda and Ricky Widianto from Mutiara Bandung with scores of 21-13 and 21-19.

World No. 8 men’s double team Mohammad Ahsan and Fran Kurniawan from Djarum Kudus bested Agripina Prima and Angga Pratama from Jaya Raya Jakarta 21-15 and 21-13.

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Chong Wei, Taufik team up at Indonesian super league

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Published: 21 February 2011
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The second Djarum Indonesian Badminton Super League will likely attract more spectators as world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and world No. 2 Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia team up as players of the SGS PLN Bandung in the event starting Sunday.

Taufik, who is deputy chief of the SGS, said he was happy to have Chong Wei in his team and participating in the league.

“The approach started during the Malaysia Open [in January], I asked him whether he’d like to join Musica [Champion Kudus]. At that that time he said that he couldn’t make it. But when I asked him again, he agreed to join my club,” Taufik said during a drawing here on Thursday.

He hoped Chong Wei’s appearance would benefit the club and enliven the Rp 1.35 billion (US$150,000) event.

The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) chief Djoko Santoso said that the association fully supported the league. “Hopefully, the league will produce more badminton heroes for Indonesia.”

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