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Lee to meet 'Super' Dan in dream final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 January 2012
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SEOUL: World number one Lee Chong-Wei powered into the final at the Korea Open on Saturday, setting up a mouthwatering clash with arch-rival Lin Dan as the battle at the top of the men's game hots up.

Both shuttlers were in blistering form in their semifinals: Malaysia's Lee trounced China's Du Pengyu 21-8, 21-13 and world number two Lin 'Super' Dan from China knocked off Sho Sasaki of Japan almost as easily, 21-16, 21-14.

Lee overwhelmed his opponent with 16 smash winners in a contest that was over after 37 minutes, while Lin took ten minutes more - and notched up 20 smash winners - to dispatch with the Japanese shuttler.

The final takes on extra significance after Lin's victory at the World Superseries Finals in December, where Lee went tumbling out in a shock semifinal defeat to another Chinese ace, Chen Long.

 

Lin Dan kicks off Superseries final with win (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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 LIUZHOU: China's badminton  star Lin Dan started his quest to bag his first-ever Superseries final title on Wednesday by dispatching compatriot Chen Long, while women's number one Wang Yihan lost to South Korea's Sung Ji Hyun.

"Super" Dan, badminton's most decorated player, beat Chen 21-15, 19-21, 21-17 in a closely fought battle, with both shuttlers jittery at the last major event of the year.

"This was the first match of the tournament - neither of us were prepared to have to face a teammate," Lin said of the Tuesday draw that pitted China's top two singles players against each other.

"I made some mistakes in my attack and I felt my footwork was not right, so I was nervous. The first match is always hardest."

Lin is seeking to win the "Super Grand Slam" by adding the Superseries title to his Olympics, world championships, World Cup, All-England, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Asia Championships and Asian Games wins.

 

Can U.S. be a world power in badminton? That's Tony Gunawan's goal (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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Gunawan, a former world and Olympic champ, coaches at San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club. He plans to compete at 2012 London Games; then, a more ambitious challenge: Coaching U.S. to world prominence.

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The San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club was born eight months ago in a nondescript industrial park off the 57 Freeway in Pomona.

Tony Gunawan expects to retire as a player after the London Olympics next summer. He's already making the transition to coaching, and says he aims to impart love of the game as well as specific skills.



If you're looking for fancy bells and whistles — or, for that matter, heat — this isn't your place, with 19 simple badminton courts and a small, no-frills workout room packed into a chilly warehouse about the size of a hockey rink.



Yet Tony Gunawan, a former world and Olympic champion who has visited elaborate arenas all over the globe, can't think of anywhere else he'd rather be. Next summer's London Olympics mark what he promises will be the end of a long playing career, and the 36-year-old has a new muse — coaching the U.S. into a badminton power.



"This is what I want to do," says Gunawan, whose evening classes at the SGVBC draw players from all over Southern California. "The Olympics is one goal, of course; to represent the USA. But to . . . carry the players to a high level and competing internationally? It's a different goal."


 

Saina Nehwal first Indian to reach the final of BWF Super Series Finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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 HYDERABAD: The stunning win over Chinese star Wang Xin on Friday was just what Saina Nehwal  needed to get out of her lean patch. She came out inspired on Saturday and outclassed Tine Baun of Denmark to cruise 21-17, 21-18 in the semifinals of the BWF Super Series Finals in Liu Zhou (China).


The straight-game victory over the two-time All England champion helped Saina become the first Indian singles player to reach the summit stage of year-ending Super Series Finals. Mixed doubles pair of Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta had made the grade in 2009 but they lost in the final.


The Hyderabadi will now meet world champion Wang Yihan of China in the final on Sunday. Yihan is the only player in the current crop who has always beaten Saina.
The world No.1, who enjoys a 3-0 head-to-head record over the Indian star, defeated Saina twice this year - in the Indonesia Super Series Premier final and in the last eight stage of the China Masters. Saina, however, is unperturbed by these figures or past defeats.

 

Chong Wei Fails To Defend BWF Super Series Finals Title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17  -- World No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei failed in his bid to defend his BWF Super Series Master Finals for the fourth consecutive time after losing to Chen Long of China in a semi-final match held at Li Ning Stadium in Liuzhou, China Saturday.

The national No 1 singles is the defending champion of the Superseries finals in the three previous tournaments which were held in Sabah (2008), Johor (2009) and in Taiwan last year.

In the semi-final match Saturday, the lanky Chinese player used his height as an advantage to beat the Penangite with the scores 21-16, 16-21 and 21-18 in a gruelling 80-minute encounter.

The Chinese player will meet his compatriot Lin Dan in the final on Sunday after the Olympic champion beat Danish aging player Peter Hoeg Gade in straight sets, 21-12 and 21-15 in 41 minutes in another semi-final match, according to www.tournamentsoftware.com, the tournament website.

The Masters Final is the season-ending finale for the OSIM BWF World Super Series, where the top eight in each of the men's and women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles disciplines (with a quota of two players or pairs per country for each discipline) on the World Super Series standings, battle it out for a share of the USD500,000 (RM 1.6 million) prize money.

 
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