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Chong Wei turns on the style in first Korean Open victory

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Published: 18 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei celebrated in a grand fashion in Seoul yesterday after becoming the first Malaysian to win a Korean Open badminton title.

He was the master of the court in the men’s singles final against Peter-Gade Christensen, breaking the resolve of the top Dane for a clinical 21-12, 21-11 win in 34 minutes to get his season off to a roaring start. Chong Wei won the title without dropping a single game in five matches.

It was also sweet revenge for the 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medallist in the opening leg of the Super Series circuit. He was beaten by Christensen in three games in the final last year.

And after he succeeded in becoming the first Malaysian to get on the list of champions in the Korean Open since its inception in 1991, Chong Wei did a little jig and punched his fists into the air.

 

Rexy: Second stringers can be dangerous

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Published: 18 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seung and Chinese Chai Biao-Zhang Nan of China are seen as the men’s doubles pairs who could play the spoilers’ role in this week’s Malaysian Open.

The two pairs did well to upset some big names in the just concluded Korean Open. But despite their promising starts, Malaysia’s doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky is not about to name them yet as the new threats in the challenge for men’s doubles honours this season.

Rexy said that he would be in a better position to assess the ability of the second stringers in about six months’ time.

 

China dominates at Korea Open

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Published: 18 January 2010
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SEOUL – China swept up three gold medals on the final day of the Korea Open badminton championship on Sunday, while the host nation managed a gold and a silver.
In the women's singles final, China's Wang Shixian edged Korean Sung Ji-Hyun 21-10, 25-23 in a battle of unseeded players.
Sung had become a crowd favorite after upsetting number one seed Tine Rasmussen in the second round.
In the women's doubles, top-seeded duo Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei overcame the second seeded pair Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiwa of Japan, 21-16, 21-15.
He Hanbin and Yu Yang gave China the third gold of the day, as they beat compatriots Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen in the mixed doubles finals.
Top seeded man Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia claimed the men's singles title over the second seed Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark.
South Korea got its only gold in the men's doubles. Number one seed Jung Jae-Sung and Lee Yong-Dae needed three sets to get past Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China.
It was the Korean duo's fifth consecutive international title, and their first Korea Open in two years.
The victory was also a personal redemption of sorts for Lee, the Olympic gold medalist in mixed doubles. He and his gold medal-winning partner Lee Hyo-Jung were eliminated in the first round of the mixed doubles at this tournament. Lee Yong-Dae battled right elbow pains all week.
 

 
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Tan Fook to wed ex-China shuttler Jiewen (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2010
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GUANGZHOU (China): Veteran doubles badminton player Choong Tan Fook is tying the knot with long-time girlfriend Zhang Jiewen of China.

The former top Malaysian men’s doubles shuttler has been staying in Guangzhou with Jiewen and her family and will be heading back to Malaysia Jan 2010 to register their marriage.Getting hitched: Choong Tan Fook (right) and Zhang Jiewen will be returning to Malaysia next month to register their marriage.

“We will not move back to Malaysia. I think it is better to stay in Guangzhou as she needs to be close to her parents,” he said during the just-concluded China Badminton League (CBL) held here.

 
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Minh battles through to quarters in Seoul (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2010
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Viet Nam's Nguyen Tien Minh made hard work of his quarter-final match against Du Pengy of China in the Victor Korea Open Super Series yesterday, January 14, in Seoul.Nguyen Tien Minh

Sixth-seeded Minh eventually won 25-23, 15-21, 21-19 in an gruelling 80-minute match that may adversely affect his performance in the next round.

Minh, who is ranked 11 in the world, said that although the Chinese player had a lower IBF rating, he was used to regularly playing the best in the world.

"Although I am ranked higher than him it is difficult to say that I am that much better because Chinese players such as Du and Chem Long usually practise with world top seeds Lin Dan, Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai, so they are very good."

 

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