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China's dominance: Good or bad for sport? (pic)

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Published: 27 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU, China (AFP) — Another tournament, another world crown for China.

Having won every title going at the world table tennis championships earlier this month, China -- as widely predicted -- wrapped up the Sudirman Cup world team badminton championships on Sunday in equally emphatic fashion.China's Lin Dan gestures to the spectators after defeating South Korea's Park Sung Hwan (not pictured)

That after Chinese athletes pocketed 51 gold medals at last year's Olympics to finish top of the medals table for the first time.

Outside China, players, coaches and fans agree that, as the Asian country grows richer, it is likely to increasingly dominate sports such as badminton and table tennis, in which it has traditionally been strong.

 

China beats 3-0 South Korea in badminton to win seventh Sudirman Cup

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Published: 27 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU, China — China beat South Korea 3-0 at badminton to win its seventh Sudirman Cup on Sunday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Zheng Bo and Yu Yang led the Chinese charge, rallying to beat Koreans Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung - both gold medallists at the Beijing Olympics - 18-21, 21-19, 21-16 in mixed doubles.

China's Lin Dan, who won gold in Beijing, defeated Park Sung-hwan 21-14, 21-18 in men's singles in the biennial competition.

The Chinese sealed the overall victory when Beijing silver medallists Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng beat Jung Jae-sung and Lee Young-dae 21-14, 17-21, 21-19 in men's doubles at the Guangzhou Gymnasium.

Indonesia and Malaysia took bronze.

Korea has won three titles in the event, named after Dick Sudirman, a former player and founder of the Badminton Association of Indonesia. China has only lost one of the last eight competitions.

 
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Indonesia Weighs Chinese Options

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Published: 13 May 2009
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Having won the matches it was supposed to win, Indonesia now has a choice on its hands.

It saw off Japan and England, both by 4-1 scores, to all but secure a place in the Sudirman Cup semifinals. Only a Japan upset of China, which would be a result utterly counter to the form book, would put Indonesia’s semifinal status in doubt.

If China wins, its Thursday fixture against Indonesia will only be to determine which team wins Group 1B and gets to face the 1A runner-up. Malaysia, Korea and Denmark are the favorites to advance from Group 1A after Hong Kong fell to 0-2.

Former top shuttlers Hariyanto Arbi and Ricky Ahmad Soebagdja suggested Indonesia give the young shuttlers, who carried it past Japan, an opportunity to take their shot against the dominant force in world badminton.

“The most important thing is to qualify for the semifinals, and I don’t think it’s necessary to push for a win against China,” Hariyanto said on Monday. “It’d be better to give young shuttlers a chance to gain experience by playing a big team like China.”

 
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China, South Korea into semis of Sudirman Cup

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Published: 13 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU, Southeast China, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion China and South Korea both secured Sudirman Cup semifinals slots after winning their respective matches here on Tuesday.

    China whitewashed Japan 5-0 in a lop-sided match, while South Korea overcame Denmark 4-1.

    Olympic silver medallists Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng defeated Kenta Kazuno/Kenichi Hayakawa 21-14, 21-13 in the men's doubles to put the China 1-0 in front.

    "Both sides played quite well today," said Fu Haifeng. "We haven't played with him before and that's why we were keeping pressing them. We did quite well and gave the opponents no chance."

    Cai/Fu lost to Indonesian pair Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan at the Beijing Olympics and they look forward to revenging the defeat.

    "We were familiar with Kido/Setiawan as we played too much times against each others," said Cai. "The winning chance is 50-50for both pairs and we will do our best."

    In women's singles, Wang Yihan came from 4-12 behind to beat Mayu Sekiya 22-20 in the second set for a 21-14, 22-20 victory.

    "This is my first time to play a team championship and I felt nervous," said Wang. "Maybe that's why I failed to adjust in the beginning. I will get myself well-prepared for next match."

    Lin "Super" Dan stormed past Sho Sasaki 21-12, 21-13 in the men's singles to seal victory for China and ensured the country's 7th appearance in Sudirman Cup semifinals.

 

Knee injury may force shuttler Julia out of world meet (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2009
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SEPANG: Singles shuttler Julia Wong was hoping to contribute to Malaysia’s cause in her debut outing in the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championship in Guangzhou. Instead she returned home prematurely in pain and in a wheelchair.

Julia made a painful exit after coming down with a left knee injury during her match in the Division One Group A tie against Hong Kong on Monday. And she is fearing the worse as the injury could turn out to be more serious than thought.Painful end: Julia Wong grimacing while receiving treatment for a knee injury during Monday's match against Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong.The shuttler returned home Tuesday (below) and was whisked to the hospital for medical tests on the extent of the injury.

“The doctor has said that I have torn my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and will probably have to go for an operation. This will be the worst injury I have suffered in my career. I don’t know when I can come back to court,” said the world No. 15, who put up a brave front even though her leg was in plaster cast.

Julia recalled that she was trying to retrieve a shot from Yip Pui Yin in the first game when she fell awkwardly.

“I can’t remember whether I knocked my knee hard or it was the impact of the landing. I heard a crack and feared for the worst after that as I could not even walk,” she said.

From the airport, Julia was taken to the Damansara Specialist Hospital in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

If the medical tests show that it is indeed a torn ACL, she will have to kiss goodbye to making her first appearance in the World Championships in Hyderabad. She has qualified together with Wong Mew Choo for the championships scheduled for Aug 10-16.