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Teenage Thai claims shock title, Super Dan wins again (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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 Teenage Thai Ratchanok Intanon won her first badminton world championship title when she upset Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the women's singles on Sunday to end China's decade of domination in the event.

In the men's singles, Lin Dan overcame a year off to retain his title with another closely fought battle with old adversary Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who retired and was taken off court on a stretcher at match point down in the third set.
Lin's win was his fifth world championship and China's sixth consecutive one in the men's singles but their proud run in the women's event ended.Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon celebrates after defeating China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles final match at the 2013 Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou, Guangdong province August 11, 2013.
Ratchanok, 18, beat Li 22-20 18-21 21-14 in Guangzhou, China, to become the first Thai to win the world championship and first non-Chinese woman since Denmark's Camilla Martin lifted the title at home in 1999.
World number one Li led 19-12 in the opening set but Ratchanok came storming back to take it 22-20, the first set the Chinese had dropped all week.

Raging Seu Bock angry at air-cond system (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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 NATIONAL singles coach Tey Seu Bock was upset that the air conditioner was switched off during the men’s singles final between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan of China on Sunday.

Chong Wei retired at 16-21, 21-13, 20-17 after suffering leg cramps – taking a little shine off Lin Dan’s record fifth world title.
Seu Bock said that he accepted the defeat but felt it was not right to make the players suffer.Lin Dan checks on Lee Chong Wei after the Malaysian world No.1 suffered leg cramps during their World Championships final. Lin Dan won after Chong Wei retired whilst trailing 17-20 in the third game.
“Today’s final was of high quality. It was between two legendary players. They played really well and it all boiled down to who was mentally stronger,” said Seu Bock.
“A defeat is a defeat. I can accept it but I cannot tolerate the organisers switching off the air conditioner in the second game.

Lee Chong Wei joins Lin Dan in world badminton championship final (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 Lin Dan has progressed to the final even though the two-time Olympic champion hardly played competitively over the past year and entered on a wild card since he was ranked a low 100th before the World Badminton Championships. Lee Chong Wei too struggled through after losing first game to Du Pengyu.

World number one Lee Chong Wei will face Chinese superstar Lin Dan in the World Championships final Sunday that fans were hoping for, after a tense three-game victory in Guangzhou.It's on...Chong Wei-Lin Dan dream final

The Malaysian lost the first game of his semi-final Saturday against Du Pengyu in the southern Chinese city, sending shots out and into the net in a tentative start.

He clawed his way back from an 11-5 deficit but China's Du, ranked third, found answers to Lee's returns and raised the roof of the Tianhe gymnasium when he took the first 22-20.


Poor doubles show will result in shake-up (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 August 2013
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 WITHOUT a medal to show at the World Championships, there are a number of uncertainties in the men’s doubles department.

The coaches may be changed. Some players may be dropped or split up. New faces may come in.
It all depends on who become the new coaching and training chairman and the national coaching director and what direction they intend to take under the leadership of new Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.
Even national chief coach Tan Kim Her’s position is shaky as none of his three pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong – made any breakthroughs.Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem performed under-expectations, losing in the second round to compatriots Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong.
If Kim Her, however, is given another chance to continue, he will have three big challenges in his hands.

It's normal to send shuttlers home early, says BAM

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 IT is a normal practice for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to make early flight bookings for some of their players. And it has nothing to do with the national body’s lack of confidence in their players.

BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai said it was their standard operating procedure. 
On Friday, a number of players were sent back home from the World Championships after they were ousted in their respective events in Guangzhou.
“Normally, we estimate and book flights for some players to go back early. If they win, we will then delay their flights to another date,” said Chin Chai. 



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