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Badminton news: Lee Chong Wei and the Great Wall of China (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 July 2013
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Rivalry (noun) – competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field

Nemesis (noun) – the inescapable or implacable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall

A sporting rivalry occupies a unique place in the minds of sports fans. It gives an added edge to the contest and provides a story within a story in the context of the game’s end result.

A rivalry in an individual sport is all the more special; there’s one and only one person around whom the entire show revolves. There are no teammates around, no different positions, no main actor or side actors. The man/woman at the centre of proceedings receives the highest accolade in victory and the most exasperated gasps in defeat.

Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan bring that special intensity to a badminton match. Just as when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal line up across the net to each other in the final of a Grand Slam, like when Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier went head to head in their heydays.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia with his Silver medal on the podium after the Men’s Singles Badminton Gold Medal match at London 2012 Olympic Games

 

Kien Keat remains cautious despite Thais' absence (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Koo Kien Keat is not smiling although his path in the World Championships has become easier following the forced withdrawal of Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech.
 
Second seeds Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were expected to cross swords with the Thais in the men’s doubles third round of the world meet.

The Malaysians had lost to the Thais in the second round of the All-England in March this year.Koo Kien Keat (front) and Tan Boon Heong have been given an easier run to the quarter-finals of the World Championships.
 
Maneepong will not be in Guangzhou as he was one of the two players banned by the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) on Sunday for an ugly brawl during the final of the Canadian Open last Sunday. 

Bodin Issara, who punched and kicked Maneepong during the men’s doubles final, was handed a two-year ban while Maneepong, who instigated the fight, received a three-month sentence.

 

Being fair to all (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her has stopped pitting Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong against each other in training ahead of the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.
 
This is Kim Her’s way of being fair to them. 

Barring any upsets, world No. 10 Thien How-Wee Kiong and world No. 17 Khim Wah-V Shem and are expected to face each other in the second round and Kim Her does not want to take sides.Hoon Thien How (right) and Tan Wee Kiong are seeded 11th for the World Championships at Guangzhou.

The 11th seeded Thien How-Wee Kiong have a first round bye while Khim Wah-V Shem take on Scotland’s Martin Campbell-Patrick Machugh in their opener. If they do clash in the second round, the winners are expected to face four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the third round.

“It is an unfortunate draw for them. I am quite certain that they are likely to cross path in the second round. Khim Wah-V Shem should get the better of their Scottish opponents to set-up a meeting with Thien How-Wee Kiong,” said Kim Her.

 

Chong Wei feels he is more matured since the birth of his son (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It has been six days since world No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei left Malaysia and he is missing his three-month-old son Kingston.
 
“I miss holding him and seeing his cute face ... Thanks to the social media platforms, I get to see him daily on FaceTime. My wife (Wong Mew Choo) keeps me updated too and that is great,” said Chong Wei when contacted in Hong Kong yesterday.
 
Chong Wei and 21 other Malaysian shuttlers are in Hong Kong for a 10-day final phase of centralised training as part of their preparations for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.Lee Chong Wei (right) enjoying some time with his son, Kingston, before departing to Hong Kong.
 
The team consisting of Chong Wei, Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo, Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho, Chan Peng Soon, Ong Jian Guo and Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing will leave for Guangzhou on Saturday.

 

Painful reminder for Khe Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: A painful lesson four years ago will be a good reminder for shuttler Woon Khe Wei to play with courage in her second World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.

This time, the 24-year-old Khe Wei will be playing with Vivian Hoo in the women’s doubles.
 
In her debut at the 2009 world meet in Hyderabad, she competed in the mixed doubles with Mohd Razif Abdul Latif but suffered a disastrous first round loss to Ukraine’s Valerij Atrasjtjenkov-Elena Prus.Woon Khe Wei (left) suffered a painful lesson in 2009 world meet.

Then, she suffered stage fright and allowed her Ukrainian opponents to intimidate her.
 

 

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