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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei says Japan Open on priority list (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 September 2013
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TOKYO - Badminton's world number one, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, said on Tuesday he has been selective about his competition schedule despite worries at home that he has been playing too much.

"Indeed, I have been playing in so many tournaments," the 30-year-old said in Tokyo on the eve of the $200,000 Japan Open, the eighth leg in the 12-round World Superseries.

"But I have adjusted the number of tournaments I play," he said through an interpreter, noting that he skipped the last Superseries event, the $250,000 China Masters in Changzhou last week.L-R: Badminton players Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, and Indonesians Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan pose for photos at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan.

"As I have said every year, the Japan Open is the most important tournament for me as it is an event of my biggest sponsor," he said, referring to a Japanese sportswear and gear maker.

Lee, who has already won the Opens in South Korea, Malaysia,India and Indonesia, is going for a record fourth Japan Open men's singles title.


China bag four out of five titles (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 September 2013
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BEIJING: China’s badminton stars on Sunday celebrated victory on home soil, claiming all but one of the five titles up for grabs on the final day of the China Masters.

Seventh seed Wang Zhengming took the men’s singles title after a marathon 75-minute game against South Korea’s Son Wan-ho, which he eventually won 11-21, 21-14, 24-22.Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand greets Liu Xin of China during the women’s singles final of the China Masters in Changzhou on Sunday.

In the women’s singles final, Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk failed to clinch a fairytale title after she was overcome by China’s Liu Xin 21-4, 13-21, 21-12.

Porntip staged the upset of the tournament when the unseeded 21-year-old defeated world number one Li Xuerui in their semi-final on Saturday.


BJSS coaches promoted to national team (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s the same old badminton coaches but with different roles and responsibilities.

On Thursday, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) separated their national squad into two teams and named former Olympic Games men’s doubles bronze medallist Razif Sidek and former world champion Hendrawan as the heads.

Razif is the head of Team A, which comprises the country’s top shuttlers while Hendrawan manages the back-up players under Team B.

Both Razif and Hendrawan have chosen their own coaches, including those from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).BJSS chief coach Zhou Kejian will now work with Rashid Sidek and Tey Seu Bock to produce more singles winners.

The only one missing from the coaching structure is former doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her, who will now be assisting BAM Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong.


Malaysia fall short in international youth meet (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: There was no joy for Malaysia at the Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 badminton championships at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

There were high expectations as Malaysia were contesting for two titles. Unfortunately, both the boys’ singles and doubles representatives came up short.Soo Teck Zhi calls for medical treatment due to blisters on his right foot during the boy’s singles final of the Malaysian International Youth U-19 on Sunday.

Top seed Soo Teck Zhi made a solid start but came up short in the end to lose 21-13, 19-21, 14-21 to Choi Sol-kyu of South Korea.

Teck Zhi, the Asian junior champion, started off brilliantly with a convincing display in the opening game. But a series of errors in the second allowed defending champion Sol-kyu to even the score.


When Europe’s favorite card gamers meet Asia’s badminton aces

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 September 2013
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How a Poker Pro’s Skills Suit a Badminton Pro’s Playing Style

When Europe’s favorite card gamers meet Asia’s badminton aces

The badminton sporting scene is very much dominated by Asian athletes like China’s Lin Dan, Li Xuerui, or Chen Long. On the contrary, the poker industry has become a fixture of European tactical experts like English prodigy Tony G and German card pro Pius Heinz. When it comes to sports, it may seem that badminton and poker are at polar ends. But when put under scrutiny, the two sports employ the same strategic thinking and approach. So, what exactly do the poker pros offer in the highly skilful game of badminton? Here’s a quick nitpicking of both sports’ similarities. Pattern Recognition and Decision making skills Throughout the history of sport, the strategic card games were mostly used as a recreational activity after an exhausting session at the gym. After lifting weights or practicing their game styles, these athletes use the simple board and card games like chess and poker as a way to de-stress and relax. But over the years, plenty of coaches have utilized the mind sport as a way to carve in a good decision making skills for the athletes. You see, the sports poker and badminton utilize the same pattern recognition and decision making skills during a game. It takes a great deal of mental endurance in being able to adapt a different strategy during a match while reading your opponent’s next move. Europe’s Marc Zwiebler, who is highly publicized as Germany’s badminton ace, is a decent example of how Europe’s expertise in tactical thinking has translated well in the racket sport. With keen skills in pattern recognition, badminton players can champion the BWF Series in the same way Antonio Esfandiari can dominate partypoker’s World Poker Tour or World Series of Poker. In the end, a good strategy combined with execution is your pair of aces in a badminton game. Observation and Tactical Awareness How does one dominate the badminton sport? The most usual answers would be through speed, strength, or hand-eye coordination. However, one likely skill used by expert badminton players is often left out—the skill of observation. Exploiting your opponents’ weaknesses is one important aspect of the game. Like poker players who employ a psychological reading of their opponents’ tendencies, badminton players must make it a habit to observe how their opponents move on the court. Do they usually go left or right? Are they always looking for a smash? Additionally, observation and awareness is not only applicable to your opponents but also to yourself. Introspection helps players develop their A-game by appropriating the right drills to improve lacking skills come game time. Whether you are from Germany, China, or from anywhere in the world, observation remains a universal skill that every player must employ in their set of skills.

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