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Hendra hankers for Thomas Cup to complete collection (pic)

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Published: 16 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Indonesian star Hendra Setiawan has won almost everything badminton has to offer – except the Thomas Cup.

Since breaking onto the scene with former partner Markis Kido, the 29-year-old Hendra has won the Asia Badminton Champion­­ships in 2005, Asian Games gold medal (2010), Olympic gold medal (2008), and two world titles – with Markis (2007) and Mohd Ahsan this year.

Now, fresh off his first Super Series Finals title with Ahsan, the cheerful Hendra has warned that Indonesia are ready to take home the premier team event title for the first time since 2002.Indonesia's Olympic and world champion doubles ace Hendra Setiawan (left) who has forged a lethal partnership with Mohd Ahsan, now aims to complete his medal collection by capturing the Thomas Cup which his country last won in 2002.

“We have many big tournaments next year, namely the Malaysian Open, All England and the World Championships. But our main goal is definitely the Thomas Cup,” said Hendra.

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Badminton: Lee wins record fourth Superseries Finals title (pic)

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Published: 15 December 2013
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World number one Lee Chong Wei Sunday became the first player to win four titles in the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals when he crushed Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto.

It is the Malaysian ace's seventh Superseries title this year - the most he has ever won in a calendar year - following victories in South Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong.World No.1 Lee Chong Wei with the BWF Super Series Finals winner's medal after he easily beat Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 15-10, 15-12 in the final at the KL Badminton Stadium on Sunday for his fourth year-end Finals title

The Olympic silver medallist, who won this tournament in 2008-2010, easily beat Sugiarto 21-10, 21-12 in the men's singles final on home turf.

Lee used the full length of the court to move his opponent throughout the match with the fourth seed still feeling the strain of beating Japan's Kenichi Tago in three games Saturday.

"I sensed he was not 100 percent (fit) and attacked him from the start," Lee said.

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One badminton gold shows lack of depth in Malaysia (pic)

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Published: 15 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo provided Malaysian badminton with the only saving grace when they captured the SEA Games gold medal in women’s doubles.

On Saturday, Khe Wei-Vivian put up a great fight to beat favourites Nitya Krishinda-Greysia Polii of Indonesia 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 in a gruelling final at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C in Naypyitaw.

Their sensational victory revealed two things – that they are truly able replacements for former internationals Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty; and Khe Wei is definitely back on the road to success after her long lay off due to injuries. Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo beat favourites Nitya Krishinda-Greysia Polii of Indonesia to give Malaysia the only gold medal from badminton at the SEA Games.

Two-time SEA Games champions Eei Hui-Pei Tty quit the game last year and are currently working as national coaches.

In the seniors’ absence, Khe Wei-Vivian showed their potential to become the country’s top pair when they won the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold in late 2011 but a string of injuries to the former halted their progress.

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Badminton finally delivers one SEA Games gold (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: What a heroic showing!



On Saturday, national doubles shuttlers Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo sunk to their feet in sheer jubilation after coming through a gigantic battle to beat Indonesia’s Nitya Krishinda-Greysia Polii 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 in an 85-minute energy-sapping women’s doubles final.Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo hug after defeating Indonesians Nitya Krishina-Greysia Polii 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 to win the gold medal in the badminton women's doubles event at the SEA Games on Dec 14, 2013.



It was the last match of the day and the last match in badminton competition at the Games but they certainly saved their best for last - as they traded blow for blow against the Indonesians for the significant win for the country.



It was the only gold for Malaysian badminton after all others had crashed out.



With their win, Malaysia also wrested the women’s doubles title from Indonesia’s clutches. Malaysia’s previous winners were Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty at the 2009 Laos Games.

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Pedersen saves the best for last with three records (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Danish shuttler Christinna Pedersen has set three new records in the BWF Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras.

First, the lanky shuttler teamed up with Kamilla Rytter Juhl to trounce China’s Ma Jin-Tang Jinhua 21-19, 21-12 yesterday to become the first European pair to win the women’s doubles title.Denmark's Cristinna Pedersen is the queen of the court with two titles (women's and mixed doubles) at the recently concluded BWF Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur.

Then, the 27-year-old Pedersen partnered Joachim Fischer Nielsen to nick the mixed doubles crown by beating China’s world No. 1 and reigning Olympic champions Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei 12-21, 21-19, 21-4 in the final. That win sees her becoming the only player to have won two titles in the same year in the Super Series Finals history.

If that is not enough, her mixed doubles win with Nielsen also ensured that the Danes now have three titles in the history of the competition, having also won in 2009 and 2012. They were earlier tied at two with Zhang Nan-Yunlei.

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