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Lee Chong Wei battles to third round of badminton world championships (pic)

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Published: 07 August 2013
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Lee, 30, is gunning for Malaysia's first ever world title, off the back of wins this year in South Korea, Indonesia, India and Malaysia with fans hoping for another classic final between him and Chinese superstar Lin Dan.

World number one Lee Chong Wei was forced to fight for his place in the world championships Wednesday in a thrilling battle with an unseeded opponent.

The crowd in Guangzhou were left stunned as they watched the Malaysian star lose the first game 14-21 to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia, who is ranked 26th in the world.Chong Wei advances to third round of World Championships after hard-fought win over Indonesia's Rumbaka

Rumbaka has met Lee five times and never beaten him, but he showed no sign of nerves, repeatedly forcing him to the net with drop shots which took the pace out of the Malaysian's game.

Lee looked increasingly rattled and murmurs of disbelief rippled around the Tianhe gymnasium, as he went behind in the second game.


Badminton News: Living dangerously (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 August 2013
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Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem flirted with danger before checking into the second round of the men’s doubles in the World Championships at the Tianhe Gymnasium.

They struggled to find their footing en route to defeating Scotland’s Martin Campbell-Patrick Machugh 22-20, 21-17 on Tuesday.
Fortunately, their opponents were weaker. Otherwise, they would have been knocked out in the first round.Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem struggled to beat Scotland's Martin Campbell-Patrick Machugh in the first round.

Today, they will take on compatriots Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and both pairs will be seeking to redeem themselves.

Khim Wah admitted that they did not complement each other well, before justifying it by saying they found it hard to adjust to the windy conditions inside the stadium.

“There was a strong wind and we just couldn’t control our shots. They were going haywire. On top of that, the Scottish pair played well and showed some good skill,” said Khim Wah.


Koo and Tan cannot rest easy, says Joo-bong (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 August 2013
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Former great Park Joo-bong feels that a long break between matches could either be a boon or a bane.

And that’s why he has warned Malaysia’s top men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong not to be too happy about the three days’ rest they are enjoying in the World Championships. 

Due to several withdrawals, Kien Keat-Boon Heong have been handed a free ride into the third round.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have been given a free ride into the third round due to several withdrawals.

They will take on Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei-Ng Ka Long for a place in the quarter-finals on Thursday. 

“Koo and Tan have been handed the best draw. They are very lucky ... but then, most of the seeded players who had a day’s rest (on Monday) struggled in their matches today (yesterday). And Koo-Tan will have had three days’ rest ...,” said Joo-bong.


Pei Jing puts ugly umpiring episode behind her (pic)

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Published: 06 August 2013
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Mixed doubles shuttler Lai Pei Jing is no longer angry or upset – a day after being dumped from the first round of the World Championships with partner Tan Aik Quan.

The 21-year-old Pei Jing was, on Monday, all riled up by the umpire’s controversial decision.

But, today, she vowed to put the ugly episode behind her and come out of her first world meet a stronger player.Lai Pei Jing and mixed doubles partner Tan Aik Quan lost to China's Tao Jiaming-Tang Jinhua in the first round of the World Championships on Monday after a umpire error.

Pei Jing and Aik Quan lost 19-21, 7-21 to Tao Jiaming-Tang Jinhua of China but not before heatedly disputing a decision by the umpire, following a malfunction of the electronic scoreboard.

Both pairs were tied at 20-20 in the opening game but the umpire claimed it was 19-20. 

Pei Jing protested violently but the umpire stood firm. 


Hayom ready to oust Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 August 2013
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After the shocking defeats of Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso, Indonesian back-up shuttler Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka is ready to score the biggest upset in the World Championships.
The 25-year-old has set his sights on ousting world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in Wednesday’s second round. 

Hayom created a stir in last month’s Indonesian Open when he pushed Chong Wei to all corners before going down fighting 17-21, 14-21 in the semi-finals. His feisty display even earned praises from Chong Wei.Indonesia's Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka is ready to give world No.1 Lee Chong Wei a surprise.

Hayom, who won the India and Indonesian Opens Grand Prix Gold in 2010, admitted that Chong Wei would start as the favourite but warned fans not to write him off – just yet.




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