• Adcock on the march in All England Championship (pic)

    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

    Chris Adcock

  • Chong Wei’s ‘sick’ of being the go-to-guy (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has had enough of being the sole flag bearer for Malaysian badminton on the international scene.

    And on Friday, after reaching the men’s singles’ semi-finals of the Korean Open in Seoul, he issued a clarion call to all his team-mates – especially the younger ones – to wake up and step out of their comfort zone.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei bulldozed past a hapless Du Pengyu of China 21-9, 21-12 in just 35 minutes to set up a meeting with Japan’s Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals on Saturday.

    He is the only Malaysian survivor in the season-opener after Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem went down with a whimper against top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.

    The Malaysians lost 10-21, 9-21 in just 31 minutes.

    Two-time Olympic Games silver medallist Chong Wei said that it was time everyone stopped depending on him, starting with the Korean Open.

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