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Historic win for Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 21 January 2013
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FATHER-TO-BE Lee Chong Wei nailed a historic ninth Malaysian Open title in ruthless fashion at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

And after blowing away Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia with a 21-7, 21-8 win in just 32 minutes in the men’s singles final, the 30-year-old Chong Wei said he would not slow down in his chase for more honours.

“I will strike a balance. I will be a father this year and both my family and badminton are important to me,” said Chong Wei, who confirmed that his wife Wong Mew Choo is expecting a child.Record breaker: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei (right) celebrates after beating Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the men’s singles final of the Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. He won 21-7 21-8.

“Having been an athlete before, Mew Choo is really understanding. I will have to juggle my time to stay focused on my game and also be a responsible family man. Family is important to me,” he added.

 

Chong Wei sends early warning

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 January 2013
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CLASSY: Malaysian wins third Korea Open and signals he is still a big threat

LEE Chong Wei was in majestic form as he proved that the defeat to Du Pengyu in the Super Series Finals was a rare blip as he outplayed the China shuttler to secure his third Korea Open title in Seoul yesterday.

Chong Wei was in a class of his own en route to a 21-12, 21-15 win over Pengyu in 42 minutes to earn his eighth victory in nine matches and bury the speculation that he will struggle against China's players this year.

Yesterday's win was once again the Malaysian's perfect start to the sport's curtain raiser which has been the case since 2008.

Chong Wei, who was carrying a thigh injury in the Super Series Finals, showed his true form against Pengyu who found it virtually impossible to break the Malaysian's dominance in yesterday's final.

 

Li Mao joins New Vision badminton club as coach

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 January 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Li Mao is back in Malaysia as a coach but he is not with former employers the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Li Mao has joined the New Vision badminton club in Petaling Jaya and he will be working with the top shuttlers from the centre, co-owned by former internationals Yeoh Kay Bin and K. Yogendran.

The no-nonsense Li Mao is a good catch. Under his guidance from 2005-2010, the current world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei showed marked improvement in his skills and tactical game.

In fact, it was during this time that Chong Wei narrowed the gap on his nemesis Lin Dan of China.

After leaving Malaysia, Li Mao went to South Korea and improved the standard of their men’s singles players.

Then in 2011, he was appointed as a coach in Indonesia.

He, however, failed to lift the standard there and his contract was not renewed after the London Olympic Games.

Kay Bin said Li Mao’s appointment was made possible by Kawasaki, the club’s sponsor.

“This is good for the club as we have a very high calibre coach. He will be coaching our top players and help raise their standard,” added Kay Bin, who is also one of the coaches at the club with Yogendran.

 
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S. Korean underdogs claim two titles at home (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2013
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SEOUL: South Korean underdogs gave the host country two surprising victories in the Korea Open badminton finals Sunday, while Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei confirmed his standing as the men's world number one.

Lee defended his Korea Open title in the men's singles, comfortably beating Du Pengyu of China 21-12, 21-15.

China, who won four out of five events in each of the two past Korea Opens, had to settle for women's and mixed doubles titles, where the finals were all-Chinese affairs.South Korea's Lee Yong-Dae (front) and Ko Sung-Hyun(B) play a shot during their men's doubles badminton match against Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark during the finals of the Korea Open at Seoul on January 13, 2013.

In the men's doubles, feisty South Koreans Lee Yong-Dae and Ko Sung-Hyun upended Denmark's world number one pairing of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, 19-21, 21-13, 21-10, taking advantage of the Danes' sloppy play in the third set.

Holding on to a 13-10 lead in the decisive frame, the South Koreans reeled off eight straight points to clinch their first Korea Open together, their fourth tournament victory since becoming partners last September.

 

Chong Wei downs Pengyu to win Korean Open crown (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei gained sweet revenge over China’s Du Pengyu in the US$1mil Korean Open in Seoul on Sunday.Chong Wei: Defeated Pengyu in 42 minutes

The world number one ranked Malaysian defeated the 24-year-old Chinese ace 21-12, 21-15 in 42 minutes to win the men’s singles title in the championships for his first BWF crown of the year.

The victory in the season-opening BWF tournament avenged the 30-year-old Chong Wei’s defeat at the hands of Pengyu at the BWF’s World Super Series Finals in Shenzhen, China last month.

 
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