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Chong Wei and Lin Dan both ready to win (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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There was a face off between four-time world champion Lin Dan of China and world No 1 Lee Chong Wei on the eve of the World Championships at Tianhe Gymnasium.

The “duel” was not on the badminton court though but in a packed press conference attended by all the international media.Face-off: World No.1 Lee Chong Wei (left) and China's four-time world champion Lin Dan during a press conference at the Tianhe Gymnasium.

The tanned looking Lin Dan and a more relaxed Chong Wei did not hide their strong desires to win at the world championships and openly declared “war”.

Lin Dan, did not mince his word and said that his return to the competitive world via the wild card was already a sign of his strong intention of winning.

“I have returned after a year and this shows that I am serious in winning the world title. I have prepared well and my fans will only see the best from me,” said Lin Dan.

 

Lin Dan returns in style at badminton worlds (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Badminton superstar Lin Dan moved effortlessly through to the second round of the world championships in China's Guangzhou on Monday, putting in a powerful performance after a year on the sidelines.

The reigning world champion trounced American Sattawat Pongnairat 21-6, 21-9 and although the Chinese player was hardly stretched, the man regarded by many as the sport's best ever player showed flashes of classic play.

Lin stays on course to meet arch rival Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia if both make it to the tournament final after being placed in opposite halves of the draw, as world number one Lee also beat his first round opponent.Lin Dan in action last year before his year out. The badminton superstar moved effortlessly through to the second round of the world championships in China's Guangzhou on Monday, putting in a powerful performance after a year on the sidelines.

"I didn't slow down the pace at any point," Lin said after the match.

"My coach just told me to make sure I got to 21 points and that was my main goal."

Delicate touches at the net, powerful smashes and athleticism around the court belied the fact that this was only the fourth international game for "Super Dan" since taking Olympic gold in London.

 

Protect your players, Lin Dan urges national associations (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 August 2013
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Last year on Aug 5, Lin Dan of China crushed the hopes of Lee Chong Wei in the final of the London Olympic Games.

Yesterday, on the exact same date, Lin Dan began his quest for his fifth world crown in the World Championships in blistering fashion by packing off Sattawat Pongnairat of United States with a 21-6, 21-9 win in 27 minutes.

When asked whether he remembered the date, the unseeded Lin Dan replied in a jest: “No, I do not remember it, you mean one year has passed by so quickly.”China's Lin Dan had an easy 21-6, 21-9 win over USA's Sattawat Pongnairat.

Earlier, after the brilliant start against an unheralded player, he was in a mood to speak up for the lesser known players.

“All players should have a career in badminton. The focus is so much on the champions – the other players deserve the attention too,” he said.

 

Crybaby Jen-hao finally gets it right

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Hsu Jen-hao was crying like a baby when he lost his first round match during a school competition.

A national coach took notice of him – consoled and offered to take him under his wings.

And that opportunity turned Jen-hao into a player full of determination to make a name for himself.

Today, the 21-year-old Taiwanese turned on the power to stun former Indonesia No. 1 Simon Santoso 11-21, 21-14, 22-20 to march into the second round.

His victory has put Simon’s career in jeopardy as the All-Indonesia Badmin-ton Association (PBSI) had told him to shape up or ship out based on his performance in Guangzhou.

 

Aik Quan-Pei Jing out to stun the top pairs in world meet (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Upcoming mixed doubles pair Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing have probably the toughest draw of all the Malaysians competing in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.

But the duo, both 21, are not too worried. The world No. 18 intend to give a good account of themselves in their debut appearance.

The pair do not have the luck of the draw as they take on China’s Tao Jiaming-Tang Jinhua in the first round. A win will pit them against 15th seeds Qiu Zihan-Bao Yixin, also of China, in the second round.Tan Aik Quan (right) and Lai Pei Jing are the second ranked mixed pair in Malaysia.

“Our main goal is to make a breakthrough in Guangzhou. We hope to score an upset or two over the higher-ranked pairs,” said Pei Jing.

“We’ve improved quite a bit and are fully prepared for the tournament. 

 

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