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Lee Chong Wei is Forced to go (pic)

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Published: 07 December 2012
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SUPER SERIES FINALS: RM16,000 fine if Chong Wei skips season ender

LEE Chong Wei, if given a choice, would have skipped the Super Series Finals in Shenzhen which begin on Wednesday as he wants to put in some quality preparation to retain the Korea Open and Malaysia Open titles in January.

Chong Wei, seeking his fourth Super Series Finals title, said the US$5,250 (RM16,000) fine imposed on players who withdraw was the reason he wanted to compete in Shenzhen although he has been struggling to get sufficient training since his wedding last month.Lee Chong Wei says he is not fully prepared for the tournament.  Read more: Forced to go - Badminton - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/badminton/forced-to-go-1.181957#ixzz2EP0i3zfo

China's Chen Long will be Chong Wei's only threat in the Super Series Finals but the former may have a slight edge after having beaten the World No 1 in the Hong Kong Open a fortnight ago.

"It has been a long season with so many tournaments. Wedding preparations had also taken a lot of my time last month and I am still not fully prepared going into a tournament like the Super Series Finals," said Chong Wei.

 

Quality first, says Rashid

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 December 2012
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TARGET: Coach wants Daren, Wei Feng to justify world rankings

LIEW Daren and Chong Wei Feng have  consistently been improving their respective world rankings of late but quality performance is what national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek wants from them in order to become  top class players.

A string of good results, including the French Open title in October, has seen Daren breaking into the top 20 and he is currently ranked 16th while Wei Feng, who reached the semi-finals of a super series for the first time in the China Open, is ranked 21 but Rashid feels they must produce quality performance to reflect their ranking.

Rashid said Lee Chong Wei justifies his World No 1 status by regularly winning international honours while Daren and Wei Feng have a lot more to prove on the world stage.

"There is improvement but their focus should be on quality performance. The world ranking is good for them in terms of earning better incentives but it is not going to guarantee them success on the international stage," said Rashid.

 

Ko Sung Hyun, Lee Yong Dae advance into quarter-final round of 2012 Korea Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 December 2012
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Ko Sung Hyun, Lee Yong Dae advance into quarter-final round of 2012 Korea Open – Badminton News

Men’s Doubles partners Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae showed superb coordination and outshined Shin Baek Choel-Yoo Yeon Seong to make way into the quarter-finals of Korea Grand Prix Gold on December 6, 2012.

However, it was not an easy win as both Korean campaigners had to put all in their possession to beat the compatriot duo with a favourable result of 14-21, 21-8 and 21-12.

World Number 31 pair showed great fighting spirit as the loss of opening game subjected them to a tough battle of survival but they managed to save the honour in ending two games.Ko Sung Hyun, Lee Yong Dae

Sung Hyun and Yong Dae were bit sluggish in the beginning and this passive approach cost them a vital match point.

On the other hand, the opposing team relished full benefits of their blunders and established a decent lead.

The twosome of Baek Choel and Yeon Seong dominated the overall pace of rallies and placed a respectable total of 11 before the interval.

 

Rong Wang and Zhibo Zhang penetrate into Women’s Doubles semi-final at Korea Grand Prix Gold

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 December 2012
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Rong Wang and Zhibo Zhang penetrate into Women’s Doubles semi-final at Korea Grand Prix Gold

Macau’s lofty players Rong Wang and Zhibo Zhang showed a staggering performance in the arena as they played with remarkable precision and penetrated into Women’s Doubles semi-final at Korea Grand Prix Gold 2012, which is in progress in Korea.

In the quarter-final clash, Rong and Zhibo showed their incredible skills in the arena and remained successful in beating Indonesia’s Deariska Putri Medita and Khaeriah Rosmini in a smashing fashion.

Macau shuttlers were in superb form as they showed no sign of confusion in the arena and remained successful in claiming victory against their Indonesian challengers in a completely one-sided fashion in just 35 minutes.

 

Badminton Takes Swing At Avoiding Repeat Of London Scandal (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 December 2012
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The biggest scandal at the summer Olympics in London didn't involve doping, or boorish behavior by athletes or judges tipping the results.

No, the biggest scandal came out of the badminton competition, shocking the sport's fanatic followers in Asia and leaving the rest of the world snickering at cheating in badminton, of all things.

But there it was as clear as HDTV — players capable of firing shuttlecocks off their rackets at as much as 200 mph were lightly lofting the birdie, often directly into the net or out of bounds. The crowds at the Wembley Arena booed and hissed and the sport's quadrennial international spotlight turned to embarrassment and ridicule.Referee Torsten Berg tried to get players from Indonesia (near court) and South Korea to try their hardest during this match at the London Olympics. The format gave some teams an incentive to lose — in order to get easier opponents in upcoming matches. That format's being changed

Eight women playing on four doubles teams from South Korea, Indonesia and China were tossed out of the Olympics for deliberately trying to lose matches. These were some of the top athletes in the sport. They were actually adapting to a new format for the Olympics in which losers in early matches could still advance to later rounds. They took the strategic step of losing on purpose so they would face easier opponents later.

 

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