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Lee Chong Wei is to Malaysia what Sachin Tendulkar is to India: Rashid Sidek (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Rashid Sidek, who played a part in the World No. 1's rise, talks to Rutvick Mehta.

You’re one of the most experienced coaches in the world. How different is it to coach a team (Krrish Delhi Smashers) in such leagues?
This is my first time in a league. And honestly, it’s not that different. Most of them are good players. So I work on the game plan and strategy. Besides, I’m not here for a long time, just two weeks, so I can’t really work on the technical aspect of anyone’s game. But it’s going really well so far.Rashid Sidek coaches Krrish Delhi Smashers in Indian Badminton League

PV Sindhu recently stamped her authority by winning the bronze medal at the world championships. Has she caught your eye?
Yes, I did see her play. I think she’s a very good player. She just doesn’t care about her opponent and plays the game to her strengths.

Saina Nehwal has picked up a trend of getting knocked out in the quarterfinals of major tournaments this year. Where do you think she is going wrong?
At times, some players go through ups and downs. In a year, they can peak in only three or four tournaments. They just cannot peak in every tournament. Secondly, most players, including the Chinese, have studied her. Sindhu, for instance, is an upcoming star, but Saina is already there. And I think she is finding it very difficult to maintain that level. The problem, more than anything else, is in the mind.


Mumbai has a new Master - Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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The wait was worth it.

The 1,000-odd Mumbaikars who turned up to see Lee Chong Wei begin his Indian Badminton League campaign were not disappointed. The Malaysian World No. 1 showed them why he is considered a legend by coming up with a high-level performance.

The Mumbai Masters icon player was in full swing at the NSCI here on Tuesday, beating compatriot and World No. 17 Liew Daren of Krrish Delhi Smashers 21-12 21-16 in a match that lasted 36 minutes. It was hard to believe that the same man —who was diving around full throttle to make those returns — had to be stretchered out of the court just two weeks ago during the world championships final against China’s Lin Dan.Sachin Tendulkar has a chat with World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei after the latter put Mumbai Masters on the board with a straightforward win over Krrish Delhi Smashers player Liew Daren at the NSCI courts in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Wei ensured Mumbai Masters got off to a flying start and Denmark’s Tine Baun ensured it continued, her easy 21-11 21-13 victory over India’s Arundhati Panthawane handing Mumbai a 2-0 lead.    

The Smashers seemed to have done their homework, for it was a well thought-out move to send in Daren to counter Wei than their usual first choice singles player Sai Praneeth. Daren, the 2012 French Open champion, had overcome Wei in the Djarum Superliga in Indonesia earlier this year.

But there was no upset this time. Not when Wei was in full swing.


Lin Dan is the toughest opponent: Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Malaysian World No 1 Lee Chong Wei yesterday said that China's Lin Dan is the toughest opponent he's ever played.

The rivalry between the two players is nothing new, and though their world rankings suggest otherwise (1 & 98) , largely due to an injury suffered by Dan, their head-to-head record of 9-22 exemplifies the Chinese star’s dominance.

“Lin Dan is the toughest opponent I have ever played,” Lee Chong Wei, who arrived in Mumbai yesterday to play for the Mumbai Masters franchise in the inaugural Indian Badminton League, said.Mumbai Masters Lee Chong Wei at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium yesterday.

Speaking about his preparations before facing Dan, he said: “I have played with him so many times, but I prefer to take every match as a new match. I prefer to forget the last match result and move on.” Having won silver in both the 2008 Beijing as well as 2012 London Games, an Olympic gold eludes Wei.

Right now though that’s not on his mind. “Immediately after the IBL, I want to train hard for the China Masters Super Series (10-15 September).


Indian Badminton League: When Sachin Tendulkar met Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Mumbai: World number one Lee Chong Wei after making his debut in the Indian badminton League interacted with legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday night.

However, the top-ranked Malaysian confessed to have never seen a cricket match in his life but added that he wishes to witness the game one day.

"I just spoke to him (Tendulkar) socially. This is the first time I met him. I am very happy because he came to watch my match and hopefully one day I can see a cricket (match). I have never seen a cricket match," Lee told reporters on Tuesday night.Lee Chong Wei at Indian Badminton League

Lee, who joined Mumbai Masters after missing the team`s first two away ties, eased his way past his compatriot Daren Liew in the first men`s singles. He wrapped up his opening match under 35 minutes as he defeated Liew 21-12, 21-16.


Thai badminton star sets off to smashing success (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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BANGKOK — Behind the pink braces, pony tail and sweet smile lies a fierce, competitive athlete. It's this side of Ratchanok Inthanon that powers a smash that can send the shuttlecock piercing the air at more than 124 mph.In this Friday, Aug. 16,2013 photo, Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon serves during a training session in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai teenager last week became the youngest-ever world badminton champion, and the first Thai player to win a world title.

The Thai teenager last week became the youngest badminton world champion in history, and the first Thai player to win a world title.

It's the latest in a line of badminton firsts for Ratchanok, who has been playing the sport for almost as long as she can remember.

Born in Thailand's poor northeast in 1995, Ratchanok — known among Thais as "May" — spent her early years next to furnaces in a confectionary factory in Bangkok's western outskirts where her parents worked.




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