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Thomas Cup, Wuhan: Chen Long Punishes Ben Beckman In Men's Singles Encounter at Thomas Cup Finals (pic)

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Published: 21 May 2012
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 China’s Chen Long showed impressive skills when he toppled England’s Ben Beckman in Men’s Singles encounter and helped his team to win the team-event competition against England with a 5-0 margin at Thomas Cup Finals 2012 at Wuhan, China, on Sunday, May 20.

Long, who has been positioned at number three in Men’s Singles world placements, delivered a staggering performance and thrashed his lower ranked English challenger in straight games in a striking fashion.Chen Long punishes Ben Beckman in Men’s Singles encounter at Thomas Cup Finals

The higher ranked Chinese made his home fans happy while playing fast and attacking badminton and he did not spare any chance for his English opponent in the whole fight and ended it in straight games.

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Malaysia's star Lee gets back to winning ways (pic)

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Published: 21 May 2012
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 WUHAN, China - World number one Lee Chong Wei steered Malaysia to a first group tie win at the Thomas and Uber Cups in Wuhan Monday, where the injury-hit shuttler hopes to regain his form before the Olympics.

In Malaysia's tie against South Africa, Lee made quick work of Jacob Malieka, effortlessly switching play from smash drives to delicate drop shots and showing no sign of the flu that had hindered his preparations.Lee Chong Wei in Thomas Cup, WuhanLee Chong Wei in Thomas Cup, Wuhan

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THOMAS CUP: Christensen aims to go out with a bang (pic)

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Published: 20 May 2012
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PETER Gade Christensen aims to say goodbye to the Thomas Cup by collecting some memorable scalps. And Malaysia are in his way.

Peter Gade Christensen believes Denmark can beat Malaysia in their group match


The 35-year-old said a win over Malaysia in Group C on Tuesday will be key to Denmark entering the semi-finals.

And he feels that Denmark have a better chance of beating Malaysia in a neutral venue. Malaysia edged Denmark 3-2 in Kuala Lumpur two years ago to reach the semi-finals but Christensen believes they now have a slight advantage, playing in China.

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THOMAS CUP: Not taking chances (pic)

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Published: 20 May 2012
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WARM-UP: Malaysia to field formidable line-up against South Africa

MALAYSIA, with the more important clash against Denmark tomorrow, in mind, will field allow all their senior players to get proper warm-up when they play South Africa in Group C at Wuhan Sports Centre today.
Senior players including Lee Chong Wei and doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will play against South Africa today.
Malaysia were only allowed a one-hour training session on Saturday and national singles coach Rashid Sidek said that the match against South Africa will be ideal for them to adapt to the air conditioning and competition atmosphere of the Wuhan Sports Centre.

   Chong Wei, Liew Daren and Hafiz Hashim should be the three singles to start for Malaysia while Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah will be fielded in the doubles.

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4 Canadian badminton players going to Olympics (pic)

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Published: 20 May 2012
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The Canadian badminton team announced Friday the four athletes it will nominate for the London Olympics, with Michelle Li, Alexandra Bruce, Grace Gao and Tobias Ng receiving the nods.

Li, from Markham, Ont., will compete in the women's singles event and partner with Toronto’s Bruce in the women's doubles event. Gao, from Calgary, and Ng, from Vancouver, will team up in the mixed doubles event.Michelle Li, left, and Alexandra Bruce won women's doubles gold at the Pan Am Games in Mexico in October, and Li added the women's singles title.

Li is Canada’s top-ranked singles player, sitting No. 22 in the Badminton World Federation rankings. She and Bruce are No. 27 in women’s doubles.

Li won singles gold at the Pan American Games in Mexico in October, and also captured doubles gold with Bruce.

Gao and Ng are ranked 28th in mixed doubles.

"I am very proud to be nominated to the Canadian Olympic team," Li said in a statement from the Canadian Olympic Committee. "It is a dream come true to compete for Canada at the Olympic Games."

 

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