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Chong Wei scrape through to All-England final (pic)

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Published: 07 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei huffed and puffed his way past South Korea’s Son Wan-ho to check into the final of the All-England badminton championships.

Two-time winner Chong Wei, who has enjoyed an easy run so far, found the 25-year-old military man a sturdy wall as he slogged for a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win in the semi-finals at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei had a close shave with defeat before beating South Korean Son Wan-ho in three sets in the semi-final of the All-England in Birmingham on Saturday.

Despite taking a 5-1 lead in the first game, Chong Wei was caught off-guard by Wan-ho’s steely determination as the Korean came back strongly to win it.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist then toyed with the prospect of a surprise – and painful exit – when Wan-ho led 17-15 in the second game.

Being the fighter that he is, Chong Wei managed to muster enough firepower in reserves to force a deciding rubber by the skin of his teeth.

He then stormed ahead to seal his place in his sixth straight All-England final after 71 minutes.

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On-court results more important than rankings: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong (pic)

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Published: 06 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are officially the highest ranked Malaysian pair now after moving ahead to No. 7 in the latest world rankings released on Thursday.

They have overtaken the now-defunct Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong partnership, which slipped to No. 8.

But Wee Kiong believes that it is court performances, rather than rankings which is their main focus right now.Hoon Thien How (right) and Tan Wee Kiong are now the highest ranked Malaysian pair at No.7.

The pair certainly need to work on their consistency after struggling to finish off Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata in the second round of the All-England.

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Late bloomer Gao Huan ready for Thomas Cup duty

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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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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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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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