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All England: Chong Wei Reaches Quarter-Finals

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Published: 11 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 11  -- Top seed and Olympic silver medallist Datuk Lee Chong Wei stepped closer to his first ever All England badminton championship by advancing into the men's singles quarter-finals.Lee Chong Wei defeated Sony and moved into the quarter-finals

Lee won his second round tie against world number 11 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the match played at the Birmingham's National Indoor Arena today.

The battle, which lasted 39 minutes, saw the Malaysian shuttler taming the Indonesian 21-11, 21-17.

Another Malaysian in the running is Muhammad Hafiz Hashim who is scheduled to meet world number two Lin Dan of China at 5am Friday (Malaysian time).

In the men's doubles, Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen and veteran pair of Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah are slated to play later tonight.Lee Chong Wei in All England

 
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Easy Wins For Chong Wei, Early Exit For Koo And Tan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 10  -- World number one men's singles badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the second round of the All-England Badminton Championship after beating India's Chetan Anand in his first round match at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday.

However, world top men's doubles Koo Kean Keat/Tan Boon Heong were shown an early exit by Danish pair Lars Paaske/Jonas Rassmussen, the 2003 world champions, 21-13, 21-11 in straight sets after 27 minutes.

 

Badminton All England 2010: Andrew Smith and Rajiv Ouseph face tough task (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 March 2010
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England’s top two singles’ players moved serenely into the second round of the 100th All England Open here in Birmingham.

Andrew Smith, the world No 26, made short work of Holland’s Eric Pang 21-10, 21-11 in 20 swift minutes while Rajiv Ouseph, England’s No 1, beat Matthieu Lo Ying Ping, of France, 21-17, 21-19, having clawed back an 8-2 deficit in the second game. Rajiv Ouseph is England's No 1 and world No 23

The tough matches start on Thursday, though. Smith plays former Olympic champion Taufik Hidaya while Ouseph tackles China's Jin Chen, the No 3 seed. Chen had to save a match point against India's Dionysius Rumbaka.

Smith, who trains at the Kuala Lumpur Racket Club after several indifferences with Badminton England, said: "I'm not 100 per cent but I'm better. It was okay today, there is just a tiny bit of pain. I came here today on the basis of just having a hit and seeing if it was okay.”

 

Taufik defeats Korea's Hu in All-England badminton Open (pic)

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Published: 10 March 2010
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BIRMINGHAM, England — Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat had to survive a slow start and a controversial decision before making a winning start to his bid to win the 100th All-England Open.

Taufik was surprisingly outplayed early on, and became annoyed by a line call when he seemed on the way to victory in the final game, before surviving 17-21, 21-11, 21-12 against Hu Yun, the world number 28 from Korea.Taufik Hidayat returns a shot to Hu Yun

The fourth-seeded Indonesian still believes he can to win the world's oldest title, even though it is ten years since he reached the second of his two All-England finals.

Well into his 30th year, Taufik still looked fast and dangerous once he gained his momentum.

"I'm happy but I think that it is a bit too early to be able to say how I'm playing," Taufik said.

"I made too many mistakes in the first set."

 

Chong Wei focuses on other rivals, not just his nemesis (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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THE weather is bone-chilling cold in Birmingham. But world No.1 men singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei has raised the temperature for the All-England by saying he is fed-up of hearing Lin Dan’s name.

Defending champion Lin Dan of China is seen as the top seeded Chong Wei’s major stumbling block in his bid to win his first All-England title.

Barring any upsets, Chong Wei and second seed Lin Dan are expected to cross swords in the final once again.Two of us?: Lin Dan of China is the favourite to enter the All-England final with Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

Lin Dan has reached the All-England final for the last six years and won four of them (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009). Last year, he bulldozed past Chong Wei in the final.

 

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