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Japan win big at German Open

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Published: 01 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Japan were the big winners of the German Open with women’s singles shuttler Sayaka Takahashi pulling off the biggest upset.

Sayaka who is currently the top-ranked Japanese woman at No. 13 in the world, proved her mettle as as she dumped top seed and world No. 5 Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea for the title in Mulheim.

Sayaka won the closely contested final 21-17, 8-21, 21-12 in 53 minutes.

Women’s doubles pair Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi also lived up to their top billing as they overcame the challenge of Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na.

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Vivian-Khe Wei aiming for an upset at All-England (pic)

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Published: 01 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Last year, top Malaysian women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei made an impressive run to the quarter-finals of the All-England.

But despite winning the SEA Games gold medal last year, Vivian-Khe Wei have yet to make a successful breakthrough.

A string on unimpressive results means the pair are only ranked 16th in the world.Japan's Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (pic) lie in wait for Malaysian pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei in the second round of the All-England badminton championships starting on Tuesday.

However, that has not dampen Khe Wei’s spirit as she seeks to emulate their quarter-final appearance.

It will certainly be tough as Vivian-Khe Wei are down to meet England’s Heather Oliver-Kata Robertshaw in the first round. If they win, they are drawn to face Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi in the second round.

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Chong Wei raring for action

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Published: 01 March 2014
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All systems go: World No 1 shrugs off injury concerns in quest to capture his third crown at the All England

DESPITE injury concerns, Lee Chong Wei is fit and ready for the All England which starts on Tuesday as the World No 1 seeks a third men's singles crown in Birmingham.

The 31-year-old had earlier contemplated withdrawing from the tournament, which he won in 2010 and 2011, after picking up an ankle strain during training.

Team manager Dr Koay Ban Hing said Chong Wei is feeling comfortable for the All England challenge.

"As far as I am concerned, Chong Wei is fit for the tournament. If the injury bothers him during matches, he should decide the next course of action," said Ban Hing at Juara Stadium yesterday.

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German Open: Thien How-Wee Kiong sent packing (pic)

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Published: 01 March 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are out of the German Open, after losing to Japan's Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda in the semi-finals.

The world No. 8 pair lost in straight games 19-21, 14-21.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. They lost to Japan's Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda 19-21, 14-21 in the German Open semi-finals.

The first game was a tightly-contested one with the score tied at 19-19 at one point but the national pair lost the next two points to concede the game.

In the second game, the Japanese pair did not lift their foot off the pedal and wrapped up the match in just 33 minutes.

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All-England: It's a go for Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 28 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s all systems go for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei. He will be leaving for the All-England tournament on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old Penangite had on Friday stated that he may pull out of the tournament as he had not fully recovered from an ankle injury sustained two weeks ago during a doubles exhibition match with long-time rival Lin Dan of China.Lee Chong Wei in training on Friday. He will meet Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in the first round of the All-England.

Chong Wei, who won the All-England in 2010 and 2011, however deemed himself fit enough to compete after Saturday’s final training session at the Juara Stadium.

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