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Denmark Open: Peng Soon-Liu Ying scrape through first round (pic)

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Published: 16 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): It was a huge sigh of relief for mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying after they cleared their first round of the Denmark Open on Tuesday.

The world No. 5 pair had been going through a bad patch, losing in the first round of the World Championships and the Japan Open, both times to lower-ranked opponents.Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in a file photo. The mixed pair staged a comeback in the first round of the Denmark Open to beat Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand 19-21, 21-18, 21-19.

And it didn’t look like it would get any better as they struggled against world No. 8 Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand in the first round.

But despite trailing 9-15 in the rubber game, Peng Soon-Liu Ying staged a massive comeback to win 19-21, 21-18, 21-19.

The cheerful Peng Soon was simply relieved to have survived their first test.

“It was such a stressful match. We put so much pressure on ourselves,” said Peng Soon.

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Badminton player to watch – Kim Bruun (pic)

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Published: 16 October 2013
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ODENSE: Kim Bruun is an unusual badminton player.

The 20-year-old is of Korean descent but doesn’t speak the language and spent almost his entire life in Denmark.

He was adopted by a Danish family when he was just three months old.

“I’m actually adopted and I do not know who my real parents are. My adoptive parents are Danish, although my father is of Chinese descent. I grew up in Copenhagen,” said Bruun.Kim Bruun won the Danish national juniors twice, when he was 17 and 19. He was also a European Under-17 finalist in 2009, losing out to current world No. 21 Viktor Axelsen.

Growing up in a country where badminton flourishes inspired Bruun to pursue a career in the sport.

In fact he enjoyed a successful junior career, winning the Danish national juniors twice, when he was 17 and 19. He was also a European Under-17 finalist in 2009, losing out to current world No. 21 Viktor Axelsen.

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Ratchanok's just a regular teen who wants to be PM (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): It’s easy to forget that Ratchanok Intanon is still a teenager and just like any other 18-year-old when she is not training, competing or studying political science at the Bangkok Thonburi University.

Ratchanok however is also the women’s singles world champion – the youngest ever world champion – after beating China’s Li Xuerui to the title two months ago.

Yet she does not let that stop her from enjoying the lifestyle of a regular teenager.Ratchanok Intanon in a file photo. The world No. 2 takes on New Zealand’s Michelle Chan on Wednesday.

“I still go to class, usually once a week because of my training schedule, and my university helps me out a lot. I get private tutors in order to catch up and so that I can graduate on time,” said Ratchanok with a smile.

“When I’m not studying or training, I like to shop, watch TV and listen to music.

“But I would really love to become the prime minister one day when I complete my badminton career. That’s why I took political science,” said Ratchanok flashing another smile.

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Zulfadli and Chun Seang pull out of Denmark Open (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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ODENSE: Independent shuttlers Zulfadli Zulkifli and Tan Chun Seang has pulled out of the Denmark Open, which begins here today.

The 19-year-old Zulfadli pulled a muscle while competing in last week’s Dutch Open. He lost in the second round to Sweden’s Mathias Borg.

“It’s not a serious injury. I’ve been competing non-stop for the past month so I’m a little tired. It’s time for a break,” said Zulfadli, who will return to Kuala Lumpur today.Malaysian singles shuttler Zulfadli Zulkifli has pulled out of the Denmark Open starting on Tuesday due to an injury.

Zulfadli, the Asian and world junior champion in 2011, has been competing non-stop the past month. Besides the Dutch Open, he also played in the Taiwan Open, Russian Open and London Grand Prix Gold.

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Chong Wei: Birthday celebrations to wait (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is putting his birthday celebrations on hold – at least until he completes the Denmark Open.

Chong Wei’s 31st birthday is on Oct 21 – a day after the final of the Denmark Open.

And the two-time Olympic silver medallist has pledged to focus solely on the tournament. He will wait until he goes to Paris for the French Open before celebrating his birthday.Lee Chong Wei: 'For now, my main focus is to prepare myself well before I take to the court. My condition has been good so far and I’ve been training well.

An extra incentive for him to do so is the fact that his family – wife Wong Mew Choo and son Kingston – will meet up with him in Paris for the celebrations.

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