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Tearful Zhang reaches semi-finals (pic)

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Published: 13 August 2008
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China's women are guaranteed a medal in the women's badminton singles after all three of their players reached the semi-finals.

Defending champion Zhang Ning was in tears after overcoming a spirited challenge from France's Pi Hongyan, who was born in China, 21-8 19-21 21-19.

 

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Athens champion Zhang, 33, is ranked seventh in the world

 
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U.S. Badminton Duo Is Ready for Prime Time

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 August 2008
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BEIJING — During the first week they spent in China, Howard Bach and Bob Malaythong took a camcorder everywhere they went, mimicking behind-the-scenes television segments while filming their adventures.
 

Kien Keat And Boon Heong Back On Roll

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 August 2008
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By Tham Choy Lin

BEIJING, Aug 12 (Bernama) - They stepped into court fearing the worst but after 34 minutes, Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong came off winners over their opening rivals in the Olympics badminton men's doubles in clear jubilance.
 
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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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