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Peter Gade ready for his last All-England Open

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Published: 07 March 2012
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 BIRMINGHAM, England: Peter Gade, the former world number one from Denmark, will complete a record which is never likely to be broken when he plays his last All-England Open starting at Britain's national indoor arena on Wednesday.

After competing at the highest level for 17 years and winning the All-England more than a decade ago, the fourth-seeded Gade remains a leading contender - a remarkable achievement given the increasing speed of the modern game.

When the 35-year-old retires soon after the Olympic Games at London in August, he will have been by far the longest lasting top level men's singles player the professional game has ever seen.

The slim, light-footed mover from Copenhagen would love to end on a high, but he is in the same quarter as Lee Chong Wei, the top-seeded defending All-England champion from Malaysia.

 

Battle of the badminton blondes: Male doubles star dumps girlfriend in favour of her fair-haired rival

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Published: 07 March 2012
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 As a top badminton player it is understandable that Chris Adcock wanted to do whatever it took to get to the Olympics.

Unfortunately for his girlfriend, however, that meant ditching her as his doubles partner – in favour of her blonde rival.

Gabby White has been in a relationship with 23-year-old Mr Adcock since they first played together in junior championships.Drop shot: Gabby White, 21, has lost 23-year-old boyfriend Chris Adcock as her doubles partner after having played together since the junior championships

For years they were partners on court as well as off – saying their love made them a stronger team.Drop shot: Gabby White, 21, has lost 23-year-old boyfriend Chris Adcock as her doubles partner after having played together since the junior championships  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2111279/Badminton-star-Chris-Adcock-dumps-girlfriend-Gabby-White-rival-Imogen-Bankier.html#ixzz1oSShRMly

But last year, with the Olympics looming, the English hopeful was told to swap his girlfriend for another mixed-doubles partner to maximise his chances of qualifying.

 

All England Badminton Championships: Lin Dan roars in, Chong Wei awaits

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Published: 07 March 2012
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 BIRMINGHAM: World and Olympic champion Lin Dan roars into town on a high this week keen to retrieve the All England title he had once all but made his own. The Chinese crushed Indonesia's Simon Santoso 21-11 21-11 to win the German Open on Sunday, breezing through the tournament without dropping a game. Super Dan to his fans, Lin has already won the All England, badminton's oldest title, four times. But, as ever, world number one Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei lies in wait for his big rival. Chong Wei lost a stunning world title final to Lin in August but beat the Chinese in last year's All England final and again in the Korean Open in January. However, the 29-year-old has still to win gold at Olympic or world level and, with retirement set for 2013, his focus is clear. He told reporters after his Malaysian Open triumph on home territory in January: "I have set my sights on winning the country's first Olympic gold medal." 

 

China rises as others fall in the German Open 2012

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Published: 07 March 2012
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 The Chinese shuttlers once again proved their authority in badminton arena and China rose as champion of four categories in the Yonex German Open 2012, which ended on Sunday, March 4.

The Chinese shuttlers stamped their rivals in men’s singles, doubles and women’s singles, doubles categories.

The World Number two men’s singles shuttler Lin Dan and Chinese duo Wei Hong- Ye Shen claimed the crown in men’s singles and doubles event while Xuerui Li and female pair Xia Huan- Jinhua Tang bagged the honours for country in women’s singles and doubles event.

The women’s doubles team Xia Huan- Jinhua Tang started the splendid victory saga by winning against Korean duo Kyung Eun Jung- Ha Na Kim with final figures of 23-21 and 21-13.

In the 49-minute tussle, the Chinese girls dominated their rivals in all departments of game and snatched the honour from them.

Next was the Chinese female singles player Xuerui Li to follow the success trail. She raised her country’s flag in final against the German lady Juliane Schenk.

 

Ger­man Open Badminton - Lin Dan toils, Chen Jin falls

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Published: 04 March 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Four-time world badminton champion Lin Dan of China was surprisingly taken to the distance before checking into the men’s singles semi-finals at the Ger­man Open in Mulheim on Friday.

He had to toil for 54 minutes to beat Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-19, 23-21 to set up a clash with Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto for a place in the final.

Lin Dan’s compatriot Chen Jin fared even worse when he was dumped out in the third round. He went down tamely at 9-21, 17-21 to Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong and the defeat will certainly spoil his hope of making the cut for the London Olympic Games.

Chen Jin is ranked fifth in the world and he has to move at least one rung up to join two of his team-mates Lin Dan (world No. 2) and Chen Long (No. 3) to make the Games. A country can have the maximum three players if all of them are ranked in the top four.

 

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