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Lin Dan delivers classic display to crush Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Lin Dan did not disappoint his home fans when he put on another classic performance to crush Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the semi-final of the China Masters at Changzhou yesterday.

Three-time world champion Lin Dan underlined his superiority yet again when he survived a titanic battle in the first game en route to beating top seed Chong Wei 22-20, 15-21, 21-7 in a 65-minute match yesterday.Simply the best: China’s Lin Dan

Chong Wei did well to force a decider but his fightback proved to be an anti-climax when he ran out of steam.

It was Lin Dan’s third win over Chong Wei this year after his wins at All-England and the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou.

Yesterday’s victory showed once again the gulf between these two players.

 

Missing Raya fuels Zakry-Fairuzizuan’s fire in Japan (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Leaving your loved ones behind is the hardest thing to do – especially on the first day of Hari Raya.

But that’s exactly what national men’s doubles shuttlers Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (pic) will be doing and that is also why they are determined to make up for it by doing well in the Japan Open, which will begin on Wednesday.

The seventh seeds Zakry-Fairu­zizuan will leave for Japan tonight with the country’s top pair, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

The national men’s doubles pairs are ready to make their presence felt again on the international stage after skipping the ongoing China Masters in Changzhou.

Zakry said they felt blessed that they could at least spend some time to go for prayers together in the morning.

 

Lin fights into China Masters final

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Published: 20 September 2009
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China's Lin Dan fought his way into the China Masters badminton final here on Saturday after the hosts ensured a fourth title in the men's doubles.

China already sealed the women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles after the quarterfinals on Friday.

Lin, world and Olympic champion, outlasted world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 22-20, 15-21, 21-7 in a fiercely competed men's semifinal at the six-day Super Series event.

"Both of us brought our ability to a full display tonight. The first two sets were tough but the third one was good," said Lin.

Lin went straight to the victory after leading 11-7 to change sides in the decisive set, hitting two winners and benefitting from eight Lee's mistakes in the second part of the third set.

 
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BAM: Chun Seang can appeal on two-year ban

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Published: 19 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association Malaysia (BAM) have asked Tan Chun Seang to submit an appeal letter if he is unhappy with their two-year ban on him from competing in international tournaments.

The 23-year-old Chun Seang walked out from the national team last week due to family problems.

In a bid to protect their programme, though, the BAM decided to bar him from taking part in international meets. BAM secretary P. Ganga Rao said: “We will reply to Chun Seang when an official letter is written to us. For now, the BAM’s decision is final. We do not want players to leave us for one reason and, then, we find them playing some where else.”

 
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Chong Wei, Lin Dan on different missions in semi-finals

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Published: 19 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: One is out to regain the faith of his fans while the other is hoping not to let his home fans down again.

So, expect a fiery duel when Malaysia’s world number one Lee Chong Wei takes on world champion Lin Dan of China in the men’s singles semi-final in the China Masters at Changzhou today.

Malaysia’s Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah also kept Malaysia’s hopes alive in the men’s doubles when they marched into the semi-finals. The duo who beat Li Tian-Shen Ye of China 21-13, 22-20 yesterday, will take on Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen next.

Yesterday, Chong Wei survived a fierce first game assault from China youngster Du Pengyu before prevailing 21-19, 21-15.

Home favourite Lin Dan, who failed to make it to the final last year, also did not have it easy and had to come back from the brink of defeat to beat South Korean Park Sung-hwan 21-15, 13-21, 23-21.

This year, Lin Dan has beaten Chong Wei at the All-England final (March) and the Sudirman Cup (May) while Chong Wei pulled the rug from under the China ace at the Swiss Open final (March).

The other semi-final will be between Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand and World Championships runner-up Chen Jin.

Boonsak was earlier involved in a controversial quarter-final match against Peter Gade Christensen, with the Dane venting his anger at the umpire for giving him a warning.

The Dane claimed that the umpire made three bad line calls in the rubber game, which resulted in the Thai winning 21-16, 19-21, 21-18 in 69 minutes.

“Two were very bad calls ... I said no and she gave me a warning. Of course, I was affected by the bad calls as she gave him (Ponsana) the points.”

Former internationals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen failed to make it a double joy when they lost 18-21, 15-21 to South Koreans Cho Gun-woo-Yoo Yeon-seong.

 
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