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Lin Dan and Taufik bury the hatchet after 10-year rivalry

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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THE 10-year rivalry between Lin Dan of China and Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat ended with the four-time world champion sharing a light moment with the media.

When asked about the changes that had taken place in their lives over the last 10 years, Lin Dan shot back in jest: “We are both married now.”

He then added: “We have been at it for a decade now. Taufik may not be the same player but I think he is saving his best for the Olympic Games.

Lin Dan’s first encounter with Taufik, whom he used to look up to, took place at the Asian Badminton Championships in 2001.

Then, the 18-year-old Lin Dan scored a sensational 15-2, 15-3 victory that saw a red-faced Taufik staging a walkout and snubbing the media.

The Indonesian superstar won the next three matches against Lin Dan with the most memorable being the 2005 World Championships final in Anaheim.

But since then, Taufik has lost every match to the Chinese superstar and his latest defeat was in Group B of the Super Series Masters Finals on Thursday.

 
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Season Ends Badly for Indonesian Shuttlers (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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The results from the Super Series Finals demonstrate just how low Indonesian badminton has fallen on the world stage.

None of the country’s shuttlers made it out of the group stage and into today’s semifinals. The country’s last hope, mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, lost to top-seeded Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei on Friday, 21-19, 18-21, 21-14. They wound up finishing third in Group A. Taufik Hidayat’s three losses at the Super Series Finals in China this week illustrate how far national badminton has fallen.

Only the top two from each group advanced to the last four rounds of the $500,000 tournament in Liuzhou, China.

 

Lukewarm 2011 for Saina Nehwal and badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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 NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal's struggle for form summed up a disappointing year for Indian badminton, the rare high point of which was Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa's World Championships bronze medal.2011 turned out to be disappointing for Saina Nehwal as she could win only the Swiss Grand Prix Gold.

After a highly successful 2010, during which Saina won a hat-trick of Super Series titles besides the Commonwealth Games gold medal, 2011 turned out to be a disappointing for the Indian as she could win only the Swiss Grand Prix Gold besides two runners-up finishes in Malaysia and Indonesia.

In women's doubles, however, Commonwealth Games gold medallist pair of Jwala and Ashwini added yet another feather to their cap, when they became the first Indian pair to win a bronze at the World Championships in London in August.

 

Lin, Lee on collision course in China badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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LIUZHOU, China — Defending champion Lee Chong Wei and Chinese ace Lin Dan stayed on course for a dream World Superseries Finals title match Friday as both stormed into the semis unbeaten.Lin Dan

Malaysia's Lee came through a tight match 24-22, 21-14 against Danish veteran Peter Gade, while "Super Dan" made short work of Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-11, 21-13.

Crucially, both players topped their groups after the three round-robin games, meaning they will avoid each other in Saturday's semi-finals.

World number one Lee, who has won all three editions of badminton's season finale, will face Chinese second seed Chen Long, while Lin is up against long-time foe Gade.

Olympic champion Lin, 28, crushed Tago in just 42 minutes to stand just two matches from badminton's first "Super Grand Slam" by winning all nine of the sport's premier titles.

 

Kenichi Tago stuns Taufik Hidayat to finds a perfect start in Group B of BWF Super Series Finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 December 2011
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Japan’s right-handed shuttler, Kenichi Tago, finds a wonderful start as he has defeated higher ranked Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in his first match in Group B in the 2011 BWF Super Series Finals, on Wednesday, December 14, in China.

The World Number 12 Tago put up superb show of top class badminton and emerged as the winner in a fabulous fight of three games against Taufik, who is the former World and Olympic Champion and current World Number 11 in the Men’s Singles world rankings. The Japanese took three sets of 61 minutes to stamp his supremacy over the Indonesian.Kenichi Tago stuns Taufik Hidayat to finds a perfect start in Group B of BWF Super Series Finals

The first set was tough as both shuttlers played fast game and it was Taufik who won it with a close margin. Nevertheless, Tago fought back in the second set of the match and took it with a similar narrow margin. The final set was completely one-sided when the Japanese showed no respect to his challenger and won it with an incredible difference.

 

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