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Late bloomer Gao Huan ready for Thomas Cup duty

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Gao Huan may be a late bloomer in the China national team, but he believes he is ready to fight for a place in the multi-talented squad, especially with the Thomas Cup coming up in May.

The 24-year-old was part of the Chinese team that bagged the team gold at the World Junior Championships in 2007 and 2008.

He was also a silver medallist at the World University Games last year losing to South Korea’s Hong Ji-hoon.

And Gao Huan, who was once compared to Lin Dan during his junior days, is ready to step up and fill the void as China seeks a 10th Thomas Cup crown.

 
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All-England: No mercy for Wei Feng (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: There was no holding back indeed as world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei whipped Chong Wei Feng in the second round of the All-England on Thursday.

Chong Wei, who is bidding for his third All-England crown, had previously warned that he will not hold back against training partner Wei Feng.Chong Wei Feng in a file photo. He went down to Lee Chong Wei 6-21, 12-21 in the All-England second round in just 35 minutes.

And he certainly kept his word with a comprehensive 21-6, 21-12 win to make the quarter-finals.

“I expected it to be really tough against Chong Wei and I prepared myself for it … but I didn’t expect it to turn out so bad,” said Wei Feng.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei will now meet exciting Japanese youngster Kento Momota in the last eight.

 
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Tame end for Hoon and Tan (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: It was tame finish in the end for Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong as they crashed out in the quarter-finals of the All-England.

Fifth seeds Thien How-Wee Kiong let themselves down as they failed to stem the challenge of Indonesians Gideon Markis Fernaldi-Markis Kido, losing 18-21, 12-21 on Friday.It's the end of the road for Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong in the All-England, losing to their Indonesian opponents in straight sets in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The Malaysian world No.7 pair started the match on equal footing with the French Open champions and were neck-and-neck in the first game.

Gideon-Markis however pulled away at 16-16 as they provided a stronger finish to take the first game.

 
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Adcock on the march in All England Championship (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 March 2014
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Chris Adcock enjoyed a memorable day at the Yonex All England Championships in Birmingham as he safely navigated first round games in both the doubles and mixed doubles.

Leicester-born Adcock and his partner Andrew Ellis, the No.8 seeds, defeated Jui Wei Liang and Kuan Hao Liao from Chinese Taipei 18-21, 21-13, 22-20 to set-up a second-round clash with China’s Haifeng Fu and Nan Zhang.Chris Adcock

 
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Adcocks progress to quarter-finals of Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships (pic)

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Published: 06 March 2014
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Chris and Gabby Adcock are through to the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles at the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

The fifth seeds got England’s day three challenge at the 104th Championships off to the perfect start with a 21-13 21-15 win over German pair Peter Kaesbauer and Isabel Herttrich.

The Adcocks, who won their first Superseries title in Hong Kong in November, are bidding to become the first home winners since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2005.

 
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