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Shuttler Chong Wei Whips Ronald Susilo, Poised For Quarterfinals

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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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Badminton doubles champs eliminated (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 August 2008
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Unseeded Japanese badminton duo Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna enjoyed the "win of their lives" when they rallied from the brink to eliminate Olympic champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen in the women's doubles on Monday.
 
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Taufik loses in badminton singles (pic)

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Published: 11 August 2008
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Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Reigning Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia was defeated Monday in two games by Malaysian Wong Choong Hann in men's badminton singles.

Hidayat, who had beaten Wong on the way to winning gold at the 2004 Athens Games, lost by a 21-19, 21-16 score in just 44 minutes.

No. 1 seed Lin Dan of China had better success against Ng Wei of Hong Kong, winning 21-16, 21-13 -- also in 44 minutes.

American Raju Rai was handed a 21-9, 21-26 loss by Ville Lang of Finland.

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Saina Nehwal advances in badminton singles (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 August 2008
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Saina Nehwal used the atmosphere she described as 'electrifying' to propel herself to a comfortable win in the first round of the Women's singles badminton competition on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Saina thrashed Russian Ella Karachkova 21-9, 21-8 in just 28 minutes to move into the round of 32 where she meets Gryga Larysa.

Larysa beat Agnes Allegrini 21-15, 21-11 in another match.
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Rice popular in China (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 August 2008
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BEIJING -- "Anna, Anna" they called out as they pushed to the first-row railing and thrust their admission tickets and pens into the mixed zone area of the Olympic badminton venue.
Anna Rice of Canada celebrates her win over Eva Lee of the U.S. in their women's singles first round badminton match at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 9, 2008.
Anna Rice of Canada celebrates her win over Eva Lee of the U.S. in their women's singles first round badminton match at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 9, 2008.
 

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