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Hyun-il leads Korean sweep in home meet (pic)

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Published: 11 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Veteran Lee Hyun-il showed he’s still South Korea’s No. 1 men’s singles player as he led a home clean sweep at the Korean Open Grand Prix Gold badminton championships on Sunday.

The 33-year-old shuttler eased past compatriot Hong Ji-hoon 21-18, 21-12 in the singles final in Seoul to record his first title since winning the same tournament two years ago. The former world No. 1 was in his element despite being semi-retired since the London Olympics last year.Old is gold. Lee Hyun-il of South Korea shows he's still got it by clinching the Korean Open GP Gold title after beating compatriot Hong Ji-hoon in the men's singles final on Sunday.

In the men’s doubles, Korea’s world No.7 Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang denied compatriots Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol, playing in only their third tournament, their first international title with a hard-fought 21-15, 18-21, 25-23 win.

The other three titles won by the Koreans are the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.


Wei Feng looking for ‘closure’ in China Open (pic)

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Published: 11 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No.17 Chong Wei Feng believes he has learned from his mistakes at the Denmark and French Opens last month as he prepares for the China Open which starts in Shanghai on Tuesday.

In Denmark, Wei Feng let slip the opportunity despite winning the first game as he went down fighting to Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.Chong Wei Feng wants to make amends at the China Open beginning this Tuesday after suffering early exits at the Denmark and French Opens last month.

A week later in Paris, Wei Feng again fell to a three-game defeat, this time to Japan’s Sho Sasaki in the first round.

The Kedahan believes the defeats are a good lesson for him and it will certainly benefit him, especially since he’ll face the on-form Tanongsak once more in the first round.

Wei Feng will also have another shot at Sasaki as well as he has been drawn against the veteran Japanese in the first round of the Hong Kong Open from Nov 19-24.

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Hyun-il cruises into Korean GP final

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Published: 11 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Former world No. 1 Lee Hyun-il proved that he has not lost his touch by storming into the men’s singles final of the Korean Open Grand Prix Gold in Seoul on Saturday.

The 33-year-old Korean, who is now semi-retired, was in his element as he cruised to a 21-18, 21-17 win over China’s Tian Houwei in the semi-finals.

Hyun-il will face compatriot Hong Ji-hoon, once touted to be his understudy, for the title on Sunday.

Ji-hoon, the 2006 world junior champion, overcame another Korean, Soo Hwang-jong, 21-16, 22-24, 21-16 in the other semi-final.

Hosts South Korea are guaranteed of all the five titles at stake as the other four events – men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles – are also all-Korean affairs.


Chong Wei to skip China Open (pic)

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Published: 11 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will finally get some rest after all.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist, who was struggling to find his form in last month’s Denmark and French Opens, has decided to skip the China Open in order to recover from a recurring ankle injury.

The 31-year-old was scheduled to fly to Shanghai on Sunday. The China Open, a Super Series Premier event, begins on Tuesday.

Chong Wei, however, has not ruled out the possibility of competing in the Hong Kong Open from Nov 19-24 and the Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 10-15.Lee Chong Wei takes a photo with young fans Lim Yu Hong, 10, and Lim Yu Ming, 7, at an autograph session at the Malaysia Sports & Health Fair 2013. He will be skipping the China Open to allow his ankle to heal but hopes to make it to the Hong Kong Open and the Super Series Finals.

“I’m skipping the China Open to let my foot recuperate,” said Chong Wei.

“But I may still compete in the Hong Kong Open. It depends on my recovery process. I’m going to start my physiotherapy tomorrow and then I will discuss with my coaches regarding my next move.

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Business as usual for doubles coach Cheh Chang (pic)

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Published: 11 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang is confident that Paulus Firman’s impending departure will not have any immediate effect on the doubles squad.

Indonesian Paulus, who only joined the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) 10 months ago, tendered his resignation at the end of last month, citing family problems.

He will serve out his contract until the end of this month.Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong in action at the World Champs in China in August. They're back there with Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong for the China Open which starts on Tuesday.

Cheh Chang, however, believes that once he has sorted out the doubles pairings with Paulus, there will not be any more changes ... at least until the BAM bring in a new coach.

“I have this programme that I planned with Paulus and it involves all the new pairs we have on hand ... so there will not be any changes for now,” said Cheh Chang.

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