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Chong Wei Is Still King

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Published: 28 June 2009
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JOHOR BAHARU, June 28  -- Lee Chong Wei was unstoppable and the Koo Kein Keat and Tan Boon Heong combination found their winning touch to keep the Malaysian flag flying at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton championship here today.

On a day when Malaysia had three finalists in the US$120,000 tournament, it was the World No. 1 women's doubles pair, Chin Ee Hui and Wong Pei Tty, who found the burden of carrying the nation's hopes a little too heavy to bear and were knocked out in straight games by an unknown pair from China.

But there was Chong Wei of course and the World No. 1 took only a little more than half an hour to beat China's former World Junior champion Chen Long to win his second title in as many weeks.

The pre-match prediction that Chong Wei would come up against yet another great Chinese wall was blown to pieces right from the very start. Chong Wei led 6-0 but then allowed the 20-year-old Chen Long to draw level at 7-7 before the lanky Chinese pulled ahead at 8-7.

That was as far as he could go because once Chong Wei got into his stride, spraying all those delicate drops and releasing those powerful sideline smashes, the Indoor Stadium crowd here knew the Chinese resistance would soon crumble.

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Revenge is the only Wei

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Published: 28 June 2009
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MALAYSIA’S top men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei aims to set the record straight against China’s Chen Long in the final of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold Championships at the Bandaraya Stadium today.

Yesterday, world No. 1 Chong Wei was the only Malaysian singles player left standing following the exits of seasoned campaigners Wong Choong Hann and Wong Mew Choo in the semi-finals.

Chong Wei had one of his easiest semi-finals ever, galloping to a 21-9, 21-8 demolition of Hong Kong’s Hu Yun in just 19 minutes.

“I was expecting a tough match from Hu Yun after seeing him play in the Sudirman Cup. But I was really surprised with the easy win against him today,” said Chong Wei.

Indonesian Open champion Chong Wei said he was prepared to face the strongest challenge in the tournament when he comes up against Chen Long.

And all that the Malaysian wants is sweet revenge.

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Malaysia-China Showdown For Malaysian Open GP Titles

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Published: 28 June 2009
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JOHOR BAHARU, June 27 (Bernama) -- The finals of the USD120,000 Malaysian Open Grand Prix badminton championships at the Indoor Stadium here tomorrow will be a complete showdown between Malaysia and China.

Heading the showdown would be the men's singles clash between world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei and China's rising force, Chen Long, the 21-year old player who conquered Taufik Hidayat in the first round.

In the semi-finals, Chong Wei tore apart his opponent Hu Yun fro Hong Kong, 21-9, 21-8 while Chen Long outlasted Malaysia's veteran star Wong Choon Hann 21-10, 21-16 in the other semi-final.

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Indonesians favored to win men's doubles crown in RP badminton open

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Published: 28 June 2009
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MANILA, Philippines – The Indonesian pairs of Bona Septano and Mohammad Ahsan, and Rian Sukmawan and Yonathan Dasuki are the favorites to win the men's doubles crown in the 3rd Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Badminton Championships.

But expect a tough challenge coming from world No. 16 Wan Wah Lee and Tan Fook Chong of Malaysia when the tournament starts on Wednesday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Wan and Tan are currently ranked eighth and 10th in the men’s singles world rankings.

The Malaysians were actually the favorites to win the event but their top doubles players composed of defending champion Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, and Tazari Mohd and Latif Abdul failed to play in the tournament because of previous commitments.

Koo and Tan are currently the world's No. 3 doubles team while the pair of Mohd and Abdul is ranked fifth.

Then of course there are the Chinese who are always considered to claim podium finishes.

China's Zhiben Chen and Ye Shen are expected to contend for the title in the $120,000 event while another Indonesian pair, Alvent Chandra and Hendra Gunawan, is also ready to challenge for the top prize.

The Philippine campaign rest on the shoulders of Andrei Babad and Peter Magnaye, and Paul Vivas and Ronel Estanislao.

Tickets can be bought at P300, P200, P150, P100 and P50 for the first three days and P500, P400, P300, P200 and P50 in the final two days.

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Cool Dane Lund handles his leading role in BWF with care

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Published: 28 June 2009
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THOMAS Lund is not one to rock the boat.

So, one of the first things he did after assuming the role of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Chief Operating Officer (COO) was to make a ‘minor appointment’ – that of S. Selvam as the media and communications manager.

To the Dane, communication is one of the key tools in building a solid image of the world badminton body, who have been rocked by some bad publicity in recent times.

“I have only made some minor changes and I don’t see it as my goal to change everything that is currently in place,” said Lund, who started work on June 1 at the world body’s headquarters in Cheras.




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