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Lee Wong Wei first to use video line-call review in badminton (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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Lee, who is chasing his fourth BWF World Superseries Finals men's singles crown, asked for a video review on the tournament's first day during his match against China's Wang Zhengming, which Lee won 21-10, 21-18.

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei welcomed the decision to use video reviews of disputed line calls after the world number one became the first in badminton to use the technology on Wednesday.Lee Chong Wei beat China's Wang Zhengming 21-10, 21-18 in their Group A match of the Super Series Finals on Dec 11, 2013. During the match, the instant review system was used for the first time when Chong Wei challenged the linesman’s call.

Lee, who is chasing his fourth BWF World Superseries Finals men's singles crown, asked for a video review on the tournament's first day during his match against China's Wang Zhengming, which Lee won 21-10, 21-18.

The Olympic and World Championship silver medallist used the technology after his return to Wang was called when he was trailing 4-2 in the second game.

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Hoon-Tan no match for Indonesian pair (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Last minute entrants Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong were given a wake-up call as they were outclassed by world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in their Group A match of the Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium late on Wednesday.

The world No. 8 who only made the cut because compatriot Koo Kien Keat suffered an eye infection and withdrew last Saturday, were beaten 17-21, 13-21 in just 29 minutes.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong lost to world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in their Group A match of the Super Series Finals.

Thien How-Wee Kiong, who were riding high from their Macau Open success, briefly threatened to give Ahsan-Setiawan a fight with a feisty start.

But the Indonesians, in particularly the experienced Setiawan gradually turned it around and were thoroughly dominant in notching a comfortable win.

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Showcasing future badminton talents in Naypyitaw (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Malaysia's back-up shuttlers face the litmus test in must-win matches on Thursday to save face in the quarter-finals of the badminton competition of the SEA Games.

For once, all countries in South-East Asia have sent a relatively younger group of players for the Games because some of their top stars are competing in the ongoing BWF World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur. Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in a file photo. All hope is on him in the men's singles category after Chong Wei Feng crashed out in the opening round.

For national singles coach Rashid Sidek, this year’s SEA Games is truly a chance to showcase the country’s future stars.

He said that it would be a true test for most of them and a reflection of the respective countries’ depth in talents starting from Thursday’s quarter-final stage.

“In some cases, it is a straightforward battle among the back-up shuttlers. We will be able to measure whether Indonesia, Thailand or Malaysia are leading the way as far as their future in badminton is concerned,” said Rashid.

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Meng Yean hoping to make dad proud at SEA Games (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Shuttler Lee Meng Yean, the daughter of a restaurant owner is determined to cook up a storm with her new partner Lim Yin Loo in the women’s doubles.

And for a start, the 19-year-old Meng Yean is ready to give a taste of what can be expected with Yin Loo when they take on Sapsiree Taerattanachai-Putita Supajirakul of Thailand in the quarter-finals of the SEA Games badminton competition on Thursday.

If they win, Meng Yean can be assured of at least one bronze medal in her debut. Lee Meng Yean with her dad Lee Boon Kian. She credits her dad for support and encouragement to keep her training hard to excel as a national shuttler.

The badminton competition started on Monday at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C but the players were given a break on Wednesday because of the Games’ opening ceremony.

Meng Yean, who graduated from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) to the national team last year, said she was ready to put her wonderful seven-year partnership with Chow Mei Kuan in the past to start afresh with Yin Loo.

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Easy opener for Xuerui in Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s world No. 1 Li Xuerui has recovered from a bout of allergies she picked up during the Denmark Open in October and is ready to defend her Super Series Finals title.

The Olympic champion from China fell ill in Denmark and conceded a walkover to team-mate Wang Shixian, and subsequently withdrew from the French Open.Li Xuerui in a file photo. She easily beat South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju 21-9, 21-7 in just 26 minutes in their BWF Super Series Finals Group B match.

The bubbly 22-year-old however stormed back to win the China Open in November and has managed to keep that momentum going since then.

On Wednesday, Xuerui was simply on fire as she thrashed South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju 21-9, 21-7 in just 26 minutes in their Group B match.

“I had good preparations for this tournament but I really did not expect to win so easily,” said the Chongqing native.

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