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Fatigue may force Lee to skip Laos Games

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Published: 15 November 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei has raised doubt over his participation in the Laos SEA Games after winning the Hong Kong Open men’s singles title yesterday.

Chong Wei fears that he may not be able to sustain his form until the Games scheduled for Dec 9-18.

His next assignment is the China Open, which begins on Wednesday in Shanghai.

He has also qualified for the Super Series Masters Finals, which will be held in Johor Baru from Dec 2-6, as the top player in the circuit standings.

“To expect one to peak in four back-to-back tournaments is asking for the impossible,” said Chong Wei.

 

Chong Wei raises the bar

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Published: 15 November 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei enjoyed the best season in his badminton career when he captured the Hong Kong Open title for the first time in superb fashion yesterday.

The top seeded Chong Wei brought out the best in him to survive a strong challenge from Denmark’s Peter-Gade Christen­sen, winning an energy-sapping 59-minute final 21-13, 13-21, 21-16.

It was his fourth Super Series title after having won in Malaysia, Switzerland and Indonesia. Chong Wei also won two other international titles – the Grand Prix Gold events in Malaysia and Macau.

The 27-year-old Chong Wei has never won more than five Open titles in a year and is delighted that he managed to make the breakthrough yesterday.

“It is certainly double joy for me here today. I won my first title in Hong Kong after two failed attempts in the final (in 2006 and 2007),” he said in a telephone interview.

 

World No. 1 Lee wins first title after injury break at Hong Kong Badminton Open (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2009
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HONG KONG, Nov. 15   -- Lee Chong Wei, top-ranked badminton player in the world grabbed the gold medal in his first tournament after a two-month break for injury here on Sunday in the men's single event of Hong Kong Open. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei(R) and Denmark's Peter Hoeg Gade display their trophies during the awarding ceremony after men's singles final match between them at Hong Kong open super series 2009 in Hong Kong, south China, Nov. 15, 2009. Lee won 2-1, and claimed the title of the match.

    "I am very satisfied with the result," said Lee from Malaysia, adding "I just came back from injury, so I am very glad to win."

  Lee came from behind to set up an advantage of 9-4 in the third game and left no chance for Peter Gade to reverse, winning by 21-13,13-21 and 21-16.

    "It's only a few points," said Gade, referring to the beginning of the third game. "I'm leading 3-0 and he's so lucky at the next three points. It's so important that he gets his confidence back."

 

Chong Wei survives severe test by Hafiz to enter HK semis (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: World number one shuttler Lee Chong Wei came out smiling after surviving one of his toughest matches against Mohd Hafiz Hashim in years in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open yesterday.You’ve still got it: Lee Chong Wei took his hat off to Mohd Hafiz Hashim for giving him a good fight in the Hong Kong Open semi-final on Friday.

Despite an easy first-game loss and trailing 13-18 in the decider against Hafiz, Chong Wei remained rock steady under tremendous pressure to win 10-21, 21-15, 24-22 in 50 minutes.

Today, the top seed will take on China’s Bao Chunlai for a place in the final.

Chong Wei, who had skipped two tournaments in Europe – Denmark Open and French Open – because of a knee injury, was glad he decided to compete in Hong Kong.

 

Top seed Lee struggles on while Chinese women cruise at Hong Kong Open

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Published: 14 November 2009
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HONG KONG, Nov. 13 -- Top-seeded Lee Chong Wei struggled into the semifinal of the men's single event at the HongKong Badminton Open here on Friday while the women's single title was already reserved by the Chinese women.

    Malaysia's Lee, top-ranked in the world, edged out his compatriot Muhammad Hafiz Hashim with 10-21, 21-15, 24-22.

    "It was not a good day for me," said Lee, who had rested for nearly two months for an injury in his left knee before coming back to court here in Hong Kong. "I've just been back from injury, so I was cautious when moving on court while Hafiz did an excellent job today, which I think was his best performance ever among our clashes."

    "This was good for me and for our national team, as we need a really strong second single for the Thomas Cup next year," He added.

    China's Bao Chunlai set up an conflict with Lee in the semifinal by winning over Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka from Indonesia with 21-15, 21-15.

    The third-ranked Peter Gade eased past Indonesia's Simon Santoso with 21-12, 21-8 to enter the semifinal. The Denish star controlled the second game, leaving no chance for the young opponent who upset his compatriot Taufik Hidayat on Thursday with a surprising score of 21-13, 21-6.

    "I am glad to beat him with such a score," said Gade. "I knew that if I kept on putting pressure on him and don't let go every point, he's gonna break. And he broke early than I expected."

    The 32-year-old Gade would meet Kenichi Tago from Japan for the final.

    "Kenichi is a young guy and I have never lost to him," said Gade. "After all, Lin Dan is not here, then it's nobody."

    Lin Dan, the Olympic Champion and World Champion from China, had pulled out of the tournament beforehand due to a slight injury in his right calf.

    In the women's single event, top seed Wang Lin beat Bae Seung Hee from South Korea and Wang Xin made a surprising win against fifth seed Pi Hongyan of France with 21-13, 21-18, nailing the gold medal for China.

    Wang Lin would meet Jiang Yanjiao while Wang Xin would challenge World No. 1 Wang Yihan in the semifinals.

    In the women's doubles semifinals, three Chinese pairs would try to stop the top-seed Chin Eei Hui/Wong Pei Tty from Malaysia while South Korea's Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae, third-seed of the tournament, was the highest seed left in the top four.

 
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