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Danish pair beat world champs to top group (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Friday the 13th is usually unlucky, or so they say.

But it didn’t matter to Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

The tenacious Danes played a superb balanced game to rack up a 21-11, 16-21, 21-15 win over the world No. 1 from China.

It was their first win in five attempts and it earned them top spot in Group B.Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

“I thought we played really well. We had to play if we wanted to beat the world champions,” said Pedersen with a wide grin.

“This is a special win for us ... beating the Chinese pair for the first time.

“I’m also hoping to be just as lucky in the mixed doubles ... to go for my second world champion scalp,” added Pedersen, who will partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen against Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

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Hoon-Tan go down fighting in Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: There was only heartbreak for Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong when a late surge failed to prevent them from crashing out of the Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras.

World No. 8 Thien How-Wee Kiong needed a win against South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang to book their semi-final spot.

Instead, a poor start put paid to their hopes despite a fighting 18-21, 20-22 loss to Ki-jung-Sa-rang.Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong who beat All-England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan on Thursday (pic) could not repeat the feat as they crashed out of the Super Series Finals after losing to South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang on Friday.

Still, Thien How-Wee Kiong, who defeated All-England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan on Thursday, can walk tall as their fighting display won over the crowd, who gave them a standing ovation.

“Losing is never nice ... but I’m happy with the level of our performance in this tournament,” said Wee Kiong.

“I think we were too rushed and not patient enough in waiting for the kill.

“But we’re happy that we’re back playing at the top level . It’s good ... but we can definitely still improve.

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Many more talents in line from Indonesia: Joko (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Former world champion Joko Suprianto had a huge smile on his face after one of his future stars – Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo – made the semi-finals of the men’s singles in the SEA Games badminton competition.

And Joko, the 1993 men’s singles world champion, said that there are more players “knocking vigorously on the door of stardom” ready to replace their king of badminton – the great Taufik Hidayat.Indonesia's Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo (left) beat Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia 21-10, 21-15 in the men's singles quarter-finals at the SEA Games on Dec 12, 2013.

“I’m delighted to see Wisnu’s breakthrough here. He is one of the many trying to fill the vacant spot,” said the country’s singles coach.

“Like Malaysia, we are also trying to find new stars and I’m happy to say that Indonesia does not lack talents.

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SEA Games: Singapore’s badminton doubles pair reach semi-finals (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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Team Singapore's hopes of bagging a medal in the sport live on, after the country's women's doubles pair reached the semi-finals.

SINGAPORE: Team Singapore's hopes of bagging a medal in the sport live on, after the country's women's doubles pair reached the semi-finals.

Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari beat Indonesia's Imawan Gebby Ristiyano and Nuraidah Tiara Rosalia in three sets.Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari in action during the badminton women's doubles quarter final round at the 27th SEA Games on December 12. They beat Indonesia's Imawan Gebby Ristiyano and Nuraidah Tiara Rosalia 2 - 1.

The Singaporean pair took the first game 21-16, before losing the second 20-22.

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A historic ‘challenge’ and Saina Nehwal’s exit (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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Badminton took a giant step towards ending player heartburn with the introduction of a decision review system at the BWF World Superseries Finals that began Wednesday.

The review system - implemented for line calls only - gives a player two chances to challenge line calls. When a call is challenged, the chair umpire will signal the referee, who will check the legitimacy of the call on his TV monitor.Interestingly, it was Malaysia’s favourite son, Lee Chong Wei, who issued the first challenge on a shot that was called ‘out’.

Interestingly, it was Malaysia's favourite son, Lee Chong Wei, who issued the first challenge on a shot that was called 'out'. Replays showed the shuttle had caught the line, and the world No.1 was awarded the point. "It's good and fair for everybody and all the players are very happy with it," said Chong Wei. "I would like to thank the BWF for introducing it...Having reviews is great for badminton."

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