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Chong Wei’s French win a good lesson for juniors

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 November 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: The way Lee Chong Wei bounced back from his Denmark disappointment to clinch the French Open title is a good lesson for all aspiring youngsters – as well as those from the elite men’s doubles department.

On Sunday, Chong Wei downed Japan’s Kenichi Tago 21-16, 21-11 in Paris to win his seventh title of the year in his 11th final appearance.

Earlier in the semi-finals, Chong Wei exacted sweet revenge on China’s Chen Long, who had defeated the Malaysian twice in the finals of the Japan and Denmark Opens.

It was world No. 1 Chong Wei’s 39th career individual title since making his breakthrough in the senior scene in 2002 and his 20th Super Series title since its introduction in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar in 2007.

His transformation – especially in the match against Chen Long – in just a week clearly showed that Chong Wei is made of sterner stuff.

Chong Wei deserves a pat on the back for putting some thought into his game and to change his style of play to outplay Chen Long and re-assert his status as the world’s leading shuttler.

 

FRENCH OPEN Finals – Lee Chong Wei: “It is nice to win again” (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 November 2011
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Malaysian superstar Lee Chong Wei, settled himself back on top of the world after last week’s disillusion against Chen Long. The world number one took one bite of his Kenichi Tago while Wang Xin simply confirmed her reign, taking her second Super Series title in two weeks, this time at the expense of twenty-year-old Li Xuerui, 21-15, 21-19.Lee Chong Wei Won French Open 2011

Lee Chong Wei came back on top of his game, adding another title to his never-ending list. The Malaysian superstar, became the Japanese youngster’s nightmare, assaulting him with hard smashes, bringing up the pace to an inhuman level, showing the confidence he gained after beating his recent nemesis Chen Long is a three-game battle, where he appeared still unable to completely tactically control the game of his Chinese rival.

 

Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis defeat Olympic champions (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 October 2011
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England's Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis are in the quarter-finals of the French Open after a fine win over Indonesia's Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido. Adcock (r) and Ellis are ranked 23 in the world

Adcock had not finished his mixed doubles tie with Imogen Bankier until after midnight in Paris but a few hours later outplayed the Olympic champions.

The pair hit four points in a row to take the first game and came from 17-14 down in the second to win 21-17 21-19.

 

Chong Wei spoils China’s plan by downing fresher Chen Long to reach the final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 October 2011
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PETALING JAYA: A quick tactical change saw World No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei regain his supremacy over China’s Chen Long on a day when walkovers and injuries in China camp marred the French Open in Paris yesterday.

Yesterday, Chong Wei was on fire, mixing up his speed and well calculated moves to take down the six-footer Chinese with a 23-21, 17-21, 21-15 win in an energy sapping 77-minute semi-finals to set-up a meeting with Kenichi Tago of Japan.

It was a contrasting style of play by Chong Wei yesterday compared to his less aggressive approach against Chen Long at the Denmark Open just a week ago. The Malaysian had also lost narrowly to the Chinese at the preceding Japan Open final too.

The sweet revenge after the two painful defeats within a month also enabled Chong Wei to keep his perfect record of reaching every final in every tournament he had competed so far – which is a total of 11 to be exact.

 

French Open Super Series 2011: Chen Long to Face Chong Wei

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 October 2011
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The main topic of conversation going into today’s play was the whether the two all-Chinese quarter finals would take place, by the first hour of play, we had one of the answers.

Lin Dan Defeats Chen Jin

The prospect of Lin Dan taking to the court today was unlikely, what was even more unlikely was a Lin Dan win over his team-mate Chen Jin but that is exactly what happened in their 85-minute encounter that almost seemed counterproductive in the recent walkovers that these two players have dished out in recent encounters. Kenichi Tago is Lin Dan’s opponent in the semi final after his own 77-minute victory over Hu Yun to book his place in the last 4.

The match of the day tomorrow will be the second semi final, as Chen Long looks to claim his third victory over Lee Chong Wei in the past 3 events. Chen Long will be well rested after his walkover against Wang Zhengming, which happened before the Lin Dan – Chen Jin match to further question the motives of the Chinese squad to let one match be decided by walkover and another to be decided in an 85-minute marathon. Lee Chong Wei progressed safely with a two game victory over Shon Wan Ho in just 32 minutes to reach the last 4.

 

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