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French Open Super Series 2011: Chen Long to Face Chong Wei

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Published: 29 October 2011
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The main topic of conversation going into today’s play was the whether the two all-Chinese quarter finals would take place, by the first hour of play, we had one of the answers.

Lin Dan Defeats Chen Jin

The prospect of Lin Dan taking to the court today was unlikely, what was even more unlikely was a Lin Dan win over his team-mate Chen Jin but that is exactly what happened in their 85-minute encounter that almost seemed counterproductive in the recent walkovers that these two players have dished out in recent encounters. Kenichi Tago is Lin Dan’s opponent in the semi final after his own 77-minute victory over Hu Yun to book his place in the last 4.

The match of the day tomorrow will be the second semi final, as Chen Long looks to claim his third victory over Lee Chong Wei in the past 3 events. Chen Long will be well rested after his walkover against Wang Zhengming, which happened before the Lin Dan – Chen Jin match to further question the motives of the Chinese squad to let one match be decided by walkover and another to be decided in an 85-minute marathon. Lee Chong Wei progressed safely with a two game victory over Shon Wan Ho in just 32 minutes to reach the last 4.

 

French Open Super Series: Hu Yun stuns Peter Hoeg Gade in Men’s Singles round-of-16

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Published: 29 October 2011
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French Open Super Series: Hu Yun stuns Peter Hoeg Gade in Men’s Singles round-of-16

Hong Kong’s talented shuttler Hu Yun has delivered stunning performance as he defeated the higher ranked Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark in the Men’s Singles round-of-16 in the 2011 Denmark Open Super Series, in Paris, on Thursday, October 27.

Yun, who is World Number 26, played to his full potential and registered a wonderful win over the World Number Four Peter Gade. The Danish is considered as one of the best shuttlers of all times but failed to dominate the Hong Kong shuttler in the pre-quarter-final battle.

In the opening game, Yun put up surprising show of quality play and won the set with a narrow difference. In the second game, the Danish veteran won the game with the similar tight margin. In the third game, the Hong Kong shuttler showed his skills and won the game with a reasonable margin to stamp victory over the higher ranked Danish player.

 

French Open Super Series: Lin Dan topples Joachim Persson in the round-of-16 (pic)

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Published: 29 October 2011
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China’s ruling World and Olympic Champion, Lin Dan has penetrated into Men’s Singles quarter-final as he toppled Denmark’s Joachim Persson in the round-of-16 fight of the 2011 French Open Super Series, on Thursday, October 27, at Paris, France.French Open Super Series: Lin Dan topples Joachim Persson in the round-of-16

Dan, who is currently ranked at number 3 in the Men’s Singles world rankings, proved his elite skills and showed no mercy to the lower ranked Danish shuttler. The Chinese finished up the battle in straight game by taking just 24 minutes in the court.

The Chinese remained miles ahead of his opponent in the first game of the match and won it with a stunning difference. The Chinese continued his peerless run in the second game and also finished it in the similar impressive fashion.

 

Soon Kit vows to unearth badminton talents for Malaysia

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Published: 29 October 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Cheah Soon Kit is ready to use his role as chief coach of the Looi Badminton Academy to unearth new talents, especially men’s singles shuttlers.

Malaysia are in desperate need to find new faces to take over from world No. 1 singles ace Lee Chong Wei, who is already 29.

Soon Kit said he was still as passionate to transfer his knowledge and unearth new talents despite having long left the national set-up.

“This is a new position for me. For the first time, I will be overseing the whole age group of players. I have 20 players under Looi Academy.

“My immediate task is to filter the groups and find new talents,” he said.

 

What is ailing Malaysian badminton? (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 October 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former doubles ace Cheah Soon Kit has an idea what is ailing Malaysian badminton.

He thinks Malaysia lack a supremo – like China’s Li Yongbo.

Soon Kit believes that the absence of a mastermind, in the mould of Yongbo, to chart Malaysian badminton’s fortunes was the reason behind the poor form of top doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and world No. 1 singles star Lee Chong Wei.Rapt attention: Cheah Soon Kit talking to the junior players of the Looi Badminton Academy yesterday. Soon Kit is the chief coach of the academy

In fact, Soon Kit also feels that is also the reason why the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have failed to find a successor for Chong Wei.

The former ace was commenting on the demoralising early-round exits suffered by Kien Keat-Boon Heong in two international tournaments recently.

Last week, Kien Keat-Boon Heong were sent packing in the first round of the Denmark Open. Then, on Thursday, they crashed out in the second round to Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Pedersen-Jonas Rasmussen in the French Open in Paris.

 

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