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Chong Wei bags fourth Japan Open title (pic)

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Published: 23 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Tokyo continues to be world No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s happy hunting ground.

On Sunday, the 30-year-old Chong Wei played brilliantly to overcome home favourite Kenichi Tago 23-21, 21-17 for his fourth Japan Open title since its inception in 1984.

This makes Chong Wei the most successful men’s singles player in the Japan Open. He had previously won in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

It was also his first title since losing to China’s Lin Dan in the final of the World Championships last month. The Japan Open triumph clearly shows that Chong Wei’s desire to win is still intact. Kenichi Tago (right) congratulating Lee Chong Wei after clinching the Japan Open title in Tokyo on Sunday. Chong Wei beat Tago 23-21, 21-17.

It was his 14th win over Kenichi – and probably one of the most meaningful one.

Chong Wei showed great determination and focus throughout the tournament despite the resignation of his coach Rashid Sidek on Thursday.

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Lee Chong Wei wins Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 23 September 2013
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Malaysia's world badminton number one Lee Chong Wei overcame the shock resignation of his coach to outlast Kenichi Tago of Japan 23-21, 21-17, in the Japan Open final on Sunday.

TOKYO: Malaysia's world badminton number one Lee Chong Wei overcame the shock resignation of his coach to outlast Kenichi Tago of Japan 23-21, 21-17, in the Japan Open final on Sunday.Top-seeded Lee Chong Wei acknowledges the cheers after his victory over Kenichi Tago in the men's singles final match at the Japan Open. Lee won 23-21, 21-17.

Rashid Sidek, who was not in Tokyo, resigned on Thursday as Malaysia's singles coach.

Sidek reportedly accused the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) over their treatment of national coaches following a recent management shake-up.

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Chong Wei sails into Japan Open final (pic)

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is on the verge of becoming the most successful men’s singles player in the Japan Open.

 
On Saturday, top seed and defending champion Chong Wei showed no mercy in his 21-10, 21-5 demolition of Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh, the bronze medallist at the World Championships.
 
It took the 30-year-old just 29 minutes to set up a final showdown with local hero Kenichi Tago.Lee Chong Wei and Kenichi Tago (left) at a press conference before the Japan Open started. The duo will meet on the court in the men's singles final on Sunday.
 
Chong Wei will be gunning for his fourth title in Tokyo. The Malaysian is now tied with Ardy Wiranta of Indonesia on three titles. Ardy won it in 1991, 1992 and 1994 while Chong Wei emerged champion in 2007,1010 and 2012.
 
Chong Wei is motivated to win the title as a parting gift for coach Rashid Sidek, who quit the national team on Thursday due to problems with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
 
“I think this is one of my best matches against Tien Minh in recent times. I was very focused today and I am happy that I knocked him off easily,” said Chong Wei in a telephone interview.
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Lee cruises through to Japan final

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei crushed fifth-seeded Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam to reach the Japan Open final Saturday, brushing aside controversy at home over the resignation of his coach.

 
The top seed and defending champion whipped the world bronze medallist 21-10, 21-5 in 29 minutes in their semi-final at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
 
Lee will play the seventh seed and hometown favourite Kenichi Tago on Sunday, hoping to lift a record fourth Japan Open title.
 
Tago beat China's Gao Huan 21-12, 21-12 the other semi-final.
 
On Thursday, Rashid Sidek tendered his resignation as Malaysia's national singles coach, according to press reports from Kuala Lumpur.
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Coaches get instructions, no warning letter for Chong Wei

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: The national badminton coaches have finally been given clear instructions over their new roles and responsibilities under the new coaching and training structure.

 
On Saturday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong spent about two hours briefing all the national coaches at Stadium Juara in Bukit Jalil.
 
And to ensure that there would be two-way communication, Aik Mong will be meeting all the coaches every fortnight. He will also get daily feedback from Razif Sidek and Hendrawan, who have been put in charge of Team A and Team B.
 
“I am here to help the coaches. I could not explain to them about all these changes earlier as I was in the midst of putting things into place. The framework is in place now and I have informed all the coaches of our new approaches,” said Aik Mong.
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