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Lin Dan set to skip Malaysian Open

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Published: 18 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: It looks as though three-time world champion Lin Dan of China has turned his back on a challenge to end the domination of Lee Chong Wei in the Malaysian Open.

There is no official statement yet on his withdrawal from the championships, which begin on Wednesday at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil here. But it is learnt that the Chinese superstar cancelled his hotel booking at the Palace of Golden Horse in Seri Kembangan yesterday.

With the withdrawal of the second seeded Lin Dan, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) may have to conduct a redraw for the men’s singles. Two days ago, Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso also pulled out.

The trio had been drawn in the half of the draw consisting fourth seed Peter-Gade Christensen of Denmark, Thai Boonsak Pon­­sana and Malaysians Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Wong Choong Hann.

The other half of the draw has top seed and defending champion Chong Wei, China’s Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin, South Korean Park Sung-hwan and Danes Jan O Jorgensen and Joachim Persson.

The absence of Lin Dan, who has yet to win the Malaysian Open, brightens Chong Wei’s chances to win his home Open for a sixth time.

Chong Wei said from Seoul yesterday that the withdrawal of Lin Dan from the Ma­­lay­­sian Open did not come as a surprise.

“Word was abuzz here that he will not make the trip to Bukit Jalil. I don’t know why he’s pulling out but it does not surprise me,” said Chong Wei.

“Whether he is in or out, my goal remains the same – to go all out and try to win the home title again.”

 
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Chong Wei turns on the style in first Korean Open victory

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Published: 18 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei celebrated in a grand fashion in Seoul yesterday after becoming the first Malaysian to win a Korean Open badminton title.

He was the master of the court in the men’s singles final against Peter-Gade Christensen, breaking the resolve of the top Dane for a clinical 21-12, 21-11 win in 34 minutes to get his season off to a roaring start. Chong Wei won the title without dropping a single game in five matches.

It was also sweet revenge for the 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medallist in the opening leg of the Super Series circuit. He was beaten by Christensen in three games in the final last year.

And after he succeeded in becoming the first Malaysian to get on the list of champions in the Korean Open since its inception in 1991, Chong Wei did a little jig and punched his fists into the air.

 

Rexy: Second stringers can be dangerous

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Published: 18 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seung and Chinese Chai Biao-Zhang Nan of China are seen as the men’s doubles pairs who could play the spoilers’ role in this week’s Malaysian Open.

The two pairs did well to upset some big names in the just concluded Korean Open. But despite their promising starts, Malaysia’s doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky is not about to name them yet as the new threats in the challenge for men’s doubles honours this season.

Rexy said that he would be in a better position to assess the ability of the second stringers in about six months’ time.

 

China dominates at Korea Open

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Published: 18 January 2010
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SEOUL – China swept up three gold medals on the final day of the Korea Open badminton championship on Sunday, while the host nation managed a gold and a silver.
In the women's singles final, China's Wang Shixian edged Korean Sung Ji-Hyun 21-10, 25-23 in a battle of unseeded players.
Sung had become a crowd favorite after upsetting number one seed Tine Rasmussen in the second round.
In the women's doubles, top-seeded duo Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei overcame the second seeded pair Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiwa of Japan, 21-16, 21-15.
He Hanbin and Yu Yang gave China the third gold of the day, as they beat compatriots Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen in the mixed doubles finals.
Top seeded man Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia claimed the men's singles title over the second seed Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark.
South Korea got its only gold in the men's doubles. Number one seed Jung Jae-Sung and Lee Yong-Dae needed three sets to get past Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China.
It was the Korean duo's fifth consecutive international title, and their first Korea Open in two years.
The victory was also a personal redemption of sorts for Lee, the Olympic gold medalist in mixed doubles. He and his gold medal-winning partner Lee Hyo-Jung were eliminated in the first round of the mixed doubles at this tournament. Lee Yong-Dae battled right elbow pains all week.
 

 
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Tan Fook to wed ex-China shuttler Jiewen (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2010
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GUANGZHOU (China): Veteran doubles badminton player Choong Tan Fook is tying the knot with long-time girlfriend Zhang Jiewen of China.

The former top Malaysian men’s doubles shuttler has been staying in Guangzhou with Jiewen and her family and will be heading back to Malaysia Jan 2010 to register their marriage.Getting hitched: Choong Tan Fook (right) and Zhang Jiewen will be returning to Malaysia next month to register their marriage.

“We will not move back to Malaysia. I think it is better to stay in Guangzhou as she needs to be close to her parents,” he said during the just-concluded China Badminton League (CBL) held here.

 
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