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Olympic champion Lin and world No.1 Lee ease into China Masters quarters (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2009
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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Olympic champion Lin Dan and world number one Lee Chong Wei moved one stepcloser to a meeting after they each booked a quarterfinal berth at the China Masters badminton super series here on Thursday.

    Beijing Olympics and world champion Lin beat Hsien Yu Hsin of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-19 after Malaysian ace Lee Chong Wei sailed past Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-15, 21-8 in just 26 minutes. China's Lin Dan returns a shuttle during men's singles second round match against Hsieh Yu-hsin of Chinese Taipei at 2009 China Badminton Masters Super Series in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 17, 2009. Lin won 2-0.

    Lee, Beijing Olympics runner-up, said he hoped to face Lin. Malaysia' Lee Chong Wei competes during men's singles second round match against England's Rajiv Ouseph at 2009 China Masters in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, on Sept. 17, 2009. Lee won 2-0.

  "I was doing well today and I wished I could carry on the form to go further in the top half," said the 27-year-old. "Hopefully Ican play Lin Dan in the semifinals."

    In the mixed doubles, China captured seven of the eight spots in the third round.

    As South Korea's top seed and Beijing Olympics winners Lee YongDae and Lee Hyo Jung pulled out of the event due to Lee's injury, Ko Sung Hyun/Ha Jung Eun became the sole non-Chinese pair in the third round after overcoming fellow South Koreans Shin Baek Cheol/Jang Ye Na 21-23, 21-11, 21-16. They next meet Beijing Games bronze medallists He Hanbin/Yu Yang.

    In women's singles, world number one Zhou Mi from Hong Kong, China raced to win the second round 21-7, 21-17 over Japanese Shizuka Uchida but Hong Kong's Wang Chen retired due to knee injury, sending 19-year-old Malaysian Golden Grand Prix winner Wang Shixian into the third round.

 

 

Lift ban, pleads Tan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A shell-shocked Tan Chun Seang wants the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to lift the two-year ban on him so that he can continue to make a living from the game.

Yesterday, the distraught singles shuttler turned up at the BAM’s office here seeking an explanation on the ban, which was imposed by the national body after a coaching and training committee on Wednesday.

The BAM decided to tighten their rules in a bid to safeguard their programme as they had spent a lot of time, money and resources to develop Chun Seang into one of the top back-up shuttlers.

Chun Seang said he decided to quit because he had had enough of playing badminton – especially after going through a lean spell over the last two years.

He reiterated that his quit decision had nothing to do with Hendrawan’s move in leaving him out of next month’s Vietnam Open.

“I was shocked with BAM’s decision. I wanted to compete in smaller tournaments as well as the international meets held in Malaysia,” said the 23-year-old Chun Seang.

 

Chong Wei to face Chinese youngster in quarter-finals

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Published: 18 September 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian world number one Lee Chong Wei will be keen to avoid losing to a youngster from China for the second time this year when he gets into action in the quarter-finals of the China Masters today.

Yesterday, Chong Wei made it to the last eight after disposing of England’s Rajiv Ouseph 21-15, 21-8 in just 27 minutes to set up a meeting with China’s rising star Du Pengyu.

Pengyu flexed his muscles to stun fifth seed Joachim Persson of Denmark 20-22, 21-14, 22-20 in a tight second round match.

In April, China’s world junior champion Chen Long scalped Chong Wei in the opening match of the India Open.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek feels that Chong Wei should have no problem getting past Pengyu to set up a tantalising semi-final date with either China’s Lin Dan or South Korea’s Park Sung-hwan.

 

"Super Dan" storms into China Masters second round (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2009
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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Olympic and world champion Lin Dan was off to a flying start at the China Masters badminton event here on Wednesday, easing past teammate Qiu Yanbo 21-13, 21-13 in the men's singles first round. China's Lin Dan returns a shuttle during men's singles first round match against his compatriot Qiu Yanbo at 2009 China Badminton Masters Super Series in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 16, 2009. Lin won 2-0.

 Men's singles world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia also booked a second round berth in a one-sided match where the 27-year-old pushed aside Asian champion Lu Qicheng, a Changzhou local, 21-8, 21-16. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei returns a shuttle during men's singles first round match against China's Lu Qicheng at 2009 China Badminton Masters Super Series in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 16, 2009. Lee won 2-0.

Lin, turning 26 on Monday, smashed 22 winners and proved to be a more consistent player to win 42 of the 68 rallies in the 32-minute match.

    "I think Qiu is a little bit nervous today, maybe because he wanted to do a good job in his hometown," said Lin, who had scored a badminton grand slam -- winning the Beijing Olympics, three world championships, two Thomas Cup and two Sudirman Cup team events.

 

South Korea’s absence in world juniors mixed team event lights up Malaysia (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2009
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ALOR SETAR: South Korea will not compete in the mixed team event of the Yonex-Sunrise World Junior Badminton Championships, which will be held at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium here from Oct 23-Nov 1.

And the news is like sweet music to Malaysia, who are set to move up to take second seeding when the draw is made later this month. The seeding means that Malaysia can only meet top seed China in the final.Fine design: Yonex Sunrise Promotions manager Alice Lee unveiling the World Junior Badminton Championships 2009 logo yesterday to Kedah Badminton Association president Teoh Teng Choe (right), BAM treasurer Datuk Lim Teong Kiat (second from right), State Youth and Sports, Arts, Heritage and Cultural Committee chairman Dr Hamdan Mohamed Khalid (second from left) and Director of Kedah Sports Council Syed Khairul Anuar Syed Abidin (left).

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) media and communications manager, S. Selvam, confirmed at the championships’ official logo launch at the Wisma Darulaman here yesterday that South Korea failed to register for the team event on time.

“We waited until last weekend to accommodate late entries for the mixed team event. But we did not hear anything from South Korea and we will have 22 countries for the event,” he said. But the door is still open for the Koreans to compete in the individual events as the closing date for entries is on Oct 9.”

 

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