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Koo-Tan beat Japan pair to move into semis (pic)

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Published: 19 November 2010
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DEFENDING champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong assured Malaysia at least a bronze medal in badminton after storming into the semi-finals of the men’s doubles competition at the Tianhe Gymnasium yesterday.

But Wong Mew Choo’s run ended when she crashed out in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles, losing 20-22, 11-21 to Japanese Eriko Hirose in a gruelling 40-minute match.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong lived dangerously to beat Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata 21-19, 13-21, 21-18 to set up a match today against Indonesian scratch pair Mohd Ahsan-Alven Yulianto for a place in the final.Strong determination: Koo Kien Keat (left) goes down on his knees to retrieve a shot as Tan Boon Heong looks on in the quarter-final match against Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata yesterday. The Malaysians won 21-19, 13-21, 21-18.

The Indonesians ended China’s challenge in the men’s doubles by beating Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen 14-21, 21-19, 21-16.

Earlier, world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng went down 16-21, 12-21 to South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung.

The Koreans will play against former world champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the other semi-final.

Boon Heong was glad that they survived by the skin of their teeth.

 
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Chong Wei relishes chance to take revenge on Boonsak (pic)

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Published: 19 November 2010
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WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will up the tempo when he seeks revenge against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the Guangzhou Asian Games.

Chong Wei will play against the Thai today at the Tianhe Gymnasium for a place in the semi-finals of the men’s singles competition.Steady progress: Lee Chong Wei in action against Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit in the men’s singles round of 16 yesterday. The Malaysian won 17-21, 21- 9, 21-6.

Yesterday, the Malaysian was slow off the blocks against Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit, losing the first game before getting his act together to win 17-21, 21-9, 21-6.

Top seed Chong Wei admitted that at times he was his own worst enemy.

On Saturday, Chong Wei was beaten by the top Thai in the first singles match of the team quarter-final tie, which Malaysia lost 2-3.

Chong Wei was ill that day and, fortunately for him, a break in competition has allowed him to recuperate.

That also explains his lethargic start against Yan Kit yesterday.

 

Shuttler takes her chance with ‘Super Dan’

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Published: 19 November 2010
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WHILE millionaire superstars such as Liu Xiang and Lin Dan grab the headlines and glory at the Asian Games, it’s easy to forget the hundreds of lesser known athletes in their midst.

Take Nepalese shuttler Sujana Shrestha, the Himalayan country’s number two, who fulfilled her dream when she bumped into Chinese pin-up Lin Dan, widely regarded as the best badminton player of all time.

“I talked to him. Oh, actually it was not talking to him, I asked to take a photo with him,” said Sujana, 22, a journalism student who is doubling up playing at the Games while reporting on it.

“Lin Dan is my idol,” she added.

“He is a great player and a great person,” she was quoted as saying by the China Daily.

Sujana, who was raised in an orphanage, lost heavily in her singles and doubles matches on Tuesday.

“I’m really enjoying my stay here,” she said. I could have done better.”

 
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Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli and Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei meet in badminton women's doubles final

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Published: 19 November 2010
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Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli and Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei will meet in the women's doubles final to ensure the first badminton gold for China at these Asian Games.

Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli defeated Ha Jungeun/Lee Kyungwon of South Korea before Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei eliminated another South Korean pair Kim Minjung/Lee Hyojung in the semifinals on Thursday.

 
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Taufik Hidayat Out of Asian Games Men’s Badminton Singles

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Published: 19 November 2010
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Guangzhou, China. Reigning Asian Games champion Taufik Hidayat on Friday meekly bowed out of the men’s badminton singles at the quarter-final stage to South Korea’s Park Sung-Hwan.

The Indonesian world number three was subdued in losing 21-15, 21-16.

An ecstatic Park, who beat Chinese star Lin Dan at the world championships in Paris in August, collapsed on the court and banged his fists on the ground after securing victory.

 
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