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Women's top seed eliminated in China Open badminton

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Published: 19 November 2009
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Women's No. 1 Wang Yihan of China unexpectedly joined the men's top seed Lee Chong Wei who lost in the first round on Wednesday, after losing the second round 21-18, 21-17 to Malaysia's Wong Mew Choo at the China Badminton Open here on Thursday.

Wang opened the first set 5-1, and maintained the advantage to 11-6. Wong got the chance to get rejuvenated after the technical time-out, hitting

firm attacks to draw the score 14-14 before Wang made errors afterwards to lose the first set 21-18.

The second set also started with Wang leading. She found herself 6-2 ahead in the early part of the match. However, Wong received several lucky

points after that, striving to get past Wang 10-9, and continued widening the gap between them in the following part of the second set.

Wong managed to knock down six straight points to establish a 20-12 lead, grabbing eight match points. Wang succeeded in saving five of them,

but made a fatal mistake to lose the match 21-17.

Wong stayed calm after beating world No.1 Wang.

"I didn't think too much about that," She said. "I just tried my best to fight."

Wang was satisfied with the performance of saving five match points. "I was too far behind. If I made fewer errors, I could have got a better chance."

 
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Inconsistent Chong Wei shown early exit in China

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Published: 19 November 2009
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PETALING JAYA: For the third time this year, Lee Chong Wei crashed out in early rounds after enjoying a high in a previous tournament.

The world No. 1 won the Hong Kong Open last Sunday but he was brought down to earth with a heavy thud in the opening round of the China Open in Shanghai yesterday. He was beaten 6-21, 21-13, 17-21 by Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark.

It is certainly a horrible outing for Chong Wei, who was the runner-up to China’s Lin Dan in the same tournament last year. It was also the first defeat by Jorgensen, who is now seen as a new jewel of Danish badminton.

When Chong Wei claimed the Hong Kong Open title for the first time, it was hailed as a splendid effort, especially when it was his first tournament in six weeks after taking a break to recover from a knee injury.

 

Another major scalp for Jorgensen (pic)

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Published: 19 November 2009
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SHANGHAI: Denmark’s rising star Jan O Jorgensen continues to make the world of badminton sit up and take notice of him.Giantkiller: Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen has also beaten South Korea’s Park Sunghwan and compatriot Peter-Gade Christensen this year.

The 21-year-old scored his biggest career win yesterday, beating world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei 21-6, 13-21, 21-17 in the first round of the China Open.

“I just had hoped to do something against him. When I took the first game, I knew I had a chance because he looked a bit stiff,” said Jorgensen.

“I always go into the game thinking that I have a chance to win. I think, that is one of my strengths. I always believe in myself.”

The world No. 12 now holds a 1-2 record against Chong Wei after having lost to the Malaysian in the Swiss Open and Sudirman Cup this year.

Chong Wei is not the only big scalp claimed by Jorgensen this year. Jorgensen beat Park Sung-hwan of South Korea at the world championships in August and last month and became the first Dane in 10 years to beat compatriot Peter-Gade Christensen in a Denmark Open.

With his steady rise in form, the Dane is seen as the successor to Christensen. And he has big dreams.

“I am hoping to become the top European singles player to put pressure on all the Asian players,” said the lanky Dane, whose idols are Christensen and Indonesian Taufik Hidayat.

 
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Fatigue may force Lee to skip Laos Games

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 November 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei has raised doubt over his participation in the Laos SEA Games after winning the Hong Kong Open men’s singles title yesterday.

Chong Wei fears that he may not be able to sustain his form until the Games scheduled for Dec 9-18.

His next assignment is the China Open, which begins on Wednesday in Shanghai.

He has also qualified for the Super Series Masters Finals, which will be held in Johor Baru from Dec 2-6, as the top player in the circuit standings.

“To expect one to peak in four back-to-back tournaments is asking for the impossible,” said Chong Wei.

 

Chong Wei raises the bar

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 November 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei enjoyed the best season in his badminton career when he captured the Hong Kong Open title for the first time in superb fashion yesterday.

The top seeded Chong Wei brought out the best in him to survive a strong challenge from Denmark’s Peter-Gade Christen­sen, winning an energy-sapping 59-minute final 21-13, 13-21, 21-16.

It was his fourth Super Series title after having won in Malaysia, Switzerland and Indonesia. Chong Wei also won two other international titles – the Grand Prix Gold events in Malaysia and Macau.

The 27-year-old Chong Wei has never won more than five Open titles in a year and is delighted that he managed to make the breakthrough yesterday.

“It is certainly double joy for me here today. I won my first title in Hong Kong after two failed attempts in the final (in 2006 and 2007),” he said in a telephone interview.

 

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