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Tigers go down fighting in Surabaya (pic)

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Published: 12 February 2013
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MALAYSIA Tigers' hopes of becoming the first foreign team to win the Djarum Superliga was dashed by Musica Champion who prevailed with a 3-2 victory in the final in Surabaya yesterday.

Tigers had beaten Musica Champions with the same margin in the group stage on Monday but the hosts held their nerves to secure the title after a five-hour battle.Malaysia Tigers’ Chong Wei Feng defeated Musica Champion’s Lee Hyun Il 21-15, 21-19 yesterday.

Musica were heading for an easy victory after securing the first singles through Tommy Sugiarto who defeated Liew Daren 11-21, 21-14, 21-16.

Rian Sukmawan-Rendra Wijaya pressed the advantage when they beat Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How 16-21, 21-19, 21-11 but Chong Wei Feng ensured Tigers were not ready to bow out without a fight.

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No Lin Dan for All England (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2013
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ALL ENGLAND: With other challengers around, Chong Wei can’t take things for granted

 

LIN Dan’s absence from the All England in Birmingham is of no concern to Lee Chong Wei as the World No 1 just wants to focus on his preparations for the March  5-10 championships. 
 
Lin Dan, who has not played since beating Chong Wei in the London Olympics final last August, was supposed to make his return in Birmingham but  withdrew  on Thursday. Lin Dan was granted six months leave by the China BA after the Olympics.
 
With Chong Wei having started the season by winning the Korea and Malaysia Open titles, he is the favourite for a third All England crown but the two-time Olympic silver medallist said he will have to tread carefully. 
 
Despite Lin Dan’s omission, China’s young guns Chen Long, Du Pengyu and Chen Jin will be looking to deny Chong Wei and prove they are capable of carrying the challenge while there are also other potential challengers from other countries.  
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Playing it safe this time (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2013
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EXTRA CAREFUL: Kim Her makes early plans to pick only the best for World Championships

TAN Kim Her, who received  much  flak for the failure of the back-up pairs to qualify for the 2011 World Championships, has made early plans to ensure three national men's  pairs make the cut on merit for the major event this year.Professionals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen were left disappointed when the BA of Malaysia (BAM) opted for Zakry Latif-Hoon Thien How, who were ranked lower, to join Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong for the tournament in London.

The incident put the national team in bad light and Kim Her, in particular, was under pressure as none of his back-up pairs managed to make it to the top 24 to earn automatic qualification.Goh V Shem (right) and Lim Khim Wah resumed their partnership in January after a six-month split.

Kim Her, the chief doubles coach, does not want this to happen again. Kien Keat-Boon Heong, ranked World No 2, will have Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, ranked World No 10, for company at the World Championships in Guangzhou on Aug 4-11.

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Daren upsets Chong Wei

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Published: 04 February 2013
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LIEW Daren’s stunning win over senior compatriot Lee Chong Wei helped Malaysia Tigers to secure a 3-2 victory over Musica Champion to keep their semi-final target on track in the Djarum Superliga Indonesia in Surabaya yesterday.

 

    Daren notched a 23-21, 21-14 win, his maiden success, over Chong Wei to give the Tigers a confident start while Hoon Thin How-Tan Wee Kiong made it 2-0 with a 21-14, 15-21, 21-18 win over Rian Sukmawan-Rendra Wijaya in the first doubles. 
 
   Musica Champion survived when Tommy Sugiarto defeated Chong Wei Feng 21-15, 24-22 but Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah registered a 21-16, 21-14 win over Sigit Budiarto-Fran Kurniawan to give Tigers an unassailable 3-1 lead. 
 
   Arif Latif lost 21-16, 21-10 to South Korean player Lee Hyun Il but it didn't matter as Tigers earned a crucial win. 
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Top Chinese badminton players to compete in Taipei

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Published: 04 February 2013
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Taipei, Feb. 4  Most of China's top badminton players will compete at the annual Badminton Asian Championships being held in Taipei this year in April, the secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association said Monday.

Lin Dan, the men's singles gold medalist at last year's Olympic Games in London, and women's singles gold medalist Li Xuerui will lead the Chinese team, said Tsai Hung-peng.

Li is currently the top ranked women's singles player in the world, while Lin, currently ranked 14th in men's singles, also won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Other top name Chinese players scheduled to compete are Chen Jin, the men's singles gold medalist at the 2010 World Championships, Wang Yihan, the women's singles silver medalist in London, and Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing, the world's top-ranked women's doubles team, Tsai said.

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