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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 January 2012
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LIN Dan's aim to beat Lee Chong Wei in the Maybank Malaysia Open will have to wait after the world and Olympic champion was shown a second round exit by Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

There was no such hiccup for Chong Wei though, as he cruised to a 21-8, 21-18 win over Kazushi Yamada of Japan in 37 minutes to book his quarter-final berth against a rejuvenated Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia today.Lee Chong Wei beat Japan’s Kazushi Yamada 21-8, 21-18 yesterday. Pic by Hasan Ismail  Read more: Showdown off - Badminton - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/badminton/showdown-off-1.31789#ixzz1jL74laRj

Chong Wei could even concede 10 points on the trot in the second game to trail 3-10 before recovering to secure a comfortable win over Kazushi.

Lin Dan suffered a shock 21-14, 15-21, 15-21 defeat to Jorgensen to pour cold water on his bid to beat Chong Wei in a tournament the Malaysian is seeking to win a record-equalling eight time.

 

Chong Wei ready to derail China trio’s Olympic mission (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 January 2012
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CHEN LONG is fresh. Lin Dan is wounded. Chen Jin (pic) wants an Olympic ticket — badly.Chen Jin of China

But World No. 1 and reigning champion Lee Chong Wei is ready to derail the Chinese trio’s Olympic mission at the Maybank Malaysia Open, which begins today with the qualifying tournament at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Buoyed by his sensational win over Lin Dan in the final of the Korea Open in Seoul on Sunday, Chong Wei is all pumped up to nail his eighth home title to provide more cheer for the home fans.

“The Malaysia Open is always special to me and I am determined to maintain my good run here,” said Chong Wei, who returned home from Seoul yesterday.

The top seeded Malaysian is in the same half as World No. 3 and third seed Chen Long and there is a huge possibility that the duo will clash in the semi-finals.

 

Lee beats foe Lin Dan in Korea Open final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 January 2012
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SEOUL: World number one Lee Chong Wei stormed back to defeat arch-rival and holder Lin "Super" Dan in the final of the Korea Open on Sunday to prevent a rampant China for sweeping all five titles.

The first Superseries of the new season, which is also an Olympic year, saw the 4,000-seat arena in Seoul packed out, and an enthusiastic crowd was treated to some high-quality badminton from the two best players around.
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei (L) and China's Lin Dan pose on the podium during an awards ceremony after the man's single final match at the Korea Open Super Series Premier in Seoul.
In a tense 75-minute showdown, the Malaysian Lee, the top seed, lost the first game 12-21 to his nemesis, before winning the closely fought second game 21-18.

Lee enjoyed eight smashed winners to seal the third game -- and with it the title -- 21-14, as the Malaysian made up for the bitter disappointment of losing to Lin, the Olympic champ, in last year's final.

 

Can Chong Wei prevail in year’s first dream showdown?

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 January 2012
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PETALING JAYA: It cannot get better than this – a clash between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan in the men’s singles final of the US$1.2mil Korea Open to start off this year’s badminton season.

Yesterday, top seed Chong Wei showed that he has no reason to be worried about Du Pengyu – for the time being – when he crushed the fourth ranked Chinese player with an impressive 21-8, 21-13 win in 37 minutes.

It was Chong Wei’s fifth triumph over the Chinese and the Malaysian’s superiority on court yesterday showed that the 24-year-old Pengyu has a lot of catching up to do to bridge the gap.

Four-time world champion Lin Dan, in contrast, had to dig deep to overcome a fighting Sho Sasaki of Japan before securing a 21-16, 21-14 win to stay on track to defend the title and get off to a blistering start to the year.

Can Chong Wei get the better of his nemesis Lin Dan to restore his pride and revive his confidence ahead of the London Olympic Games?

 

Lee to meet 'Super' Dan in dream final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 January 2012
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SEOUL: World number one Lee Chong-Wei powered into the final at the Korea Open on Saturday, setting up a mouthwatering clash with arch-rival Lin Dan as the battle at the top of the men's game hots up.

Both shuttlers were in blistering form in their semifinals: Malaysia's Lee trounced China's Du Pengyu 21-8, 21-13 and world number two Lin 'Super' Dan from China knocked off Sho Sasaki of Japan almost as easily, 21-16, 21-14.

Lee overwhelmed his opponent with 16 smash winners in a contest that was over after 37 minutes, while Lin took ten minutes more - and notched up 20 smash winners - to dispatch with the Japanese shuttler.

The final takes on extra significance after Lin's victory at the World Superseries Finals in December, where Lee went tumbling out in a shock semifinal defeat to another Chinese ace, Chen Long.

 

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