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Sony no match for Chong Wei

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Published: 07 May 2012
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LEE Chong Wei was not fluent but did just enough to beat long-time rival Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia for his fourth consecutive Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold title in Johor Baru yesterday.

Chong Wei dropped the first game against Sony, who has been troubled by injuries for the last two years, but came back strongly to win 17-21, 21-8, 21-10 in 50 minutes. Sony, who last played Chong Wei in the 2010 Indonesia Open, looked to be in the mood and put the World No 1 under a lot of pressure in the first game to win 21-17.

 

Korean Shon stuns Lee to bag title (pic)

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Published: 01 May 2012
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NEW DELHI — Unseeded South Korean Wan Ho Shon capped his superb run in the India Open badminton tournament with an upset win over top-seeded Malaysian Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles final on Sunday.

Shon, who also qualified for the London Olympics, won 21-18, 14-21, 21-19 in a 66-minute thriller, which ended when world number one and defending champion Lee netted a service return.Wan Ho Shon of Korea reacts after defeating Malaysian badminton player Lee Chong Wei

The South Korean, who upset second seed Peter Gade of Denmark in the quarter-finals, then threw his racquet into the stands while celebrating his first victory over the Malaysian in five matches.

"I was very confident as I had nothing to lose. It was the best match I played in the tournament," the 23-year-old Shon said through an interpreter after claiming his maiden Super Series title.

 

Chong Wei to work on weaknesses that cost him title at the India Open (pic)

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Published: 01 May 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not allow his shock defeat at the India Open to disrupt his preparations for the London Olympics.

The first thing he intends to do is restore order by defending his title in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in Johor Baru starting tomorrow.

On Sunday, Malaysia’s Olympic gold medal prospect Chong Wei went down to South Korea’s Shon Wan-ho 18-21, 21-14, 19-21 in an error strewn final in New Delhi.Out to make amends: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong lost in the quarter-finals of the India Open last week and will be out to make good in Johor.

It was his first defeat to world No. 17 Wan-ho, who is being groomed to take over from his more illustrious compatriot Lee Hyun-il when he quits after the London Games.

Chong Wei, who was competing in his first tournament after picking up a shoulder injury at the All-England in March, gave due credit to his South Korean opponent, who will turn 24 in a couple of weeks.

“I went to India without any high expectations after the injury and the outcome clearly showed that I still have some work to do,” said Chong Wei, who arrived home yesterday.

 

Indonesian Badminton Duo Going For Gold After All England Title (pic)

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Published: 12 March 2012
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 When Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir won the All England mixed doubles title on Sunday, they didn’t just end a nine-year drought. They also renewed the country’s hope of continuing its Olympic gold medal tradition.

Indonesia has won at least one gold medal in each of the Games since badminton became a full Olympic sport in 1992. But the struggles of Indonesia’s shuttlers these past three years put that streak in doubt at this year’s Olympics in London. Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir celebrate following their victory over Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl during the mixed doubles final of the All England Open Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Sunday.

Last year, of the 60 available titles at badminton’s top-tier tournaments, the Super Series, Indonesia won just two. Both came from Tontowi and Liliyana.

 

All England Badminton 2012: Malaysian Lee Chong Wei's record bid thwarted by injury as Lin Dan wins fifth title (pic)

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Published: 12 March 2012
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 Chinese pin-up Lin Dan won his fifth All England men's singles title on Sunday against Lee Chong Wei, but only after his chief rival from Malaysia was forced to retire with a shoulder injury in Birmingham.

 There was to be no record, no congratulatory phone call from the Malaysian prime minister. Chinese pin-up Lin Dan won his fifth All England men's singles title on Sunday against Lee Chong Wei, but only after his chief rival from Malaysia was forced to retire with a shoulder injury in Birmingham.

Lin had said before the final that he didn't care who won the showdown everyone was hoping for. But the world and Olympic champion clearly showed compassion when the world No 1 offered his hand when 21-19 and 6-2 down in the second game.Shuttle run: All England Open Champion Lin Dan of China (left) with Lee Chon Wei of Malaysia

Before Chong Wei's injury - he played with his right shoulder heavily strapped - the Malaysian Datuk was perhaps slight favourite for a third successive All England title, a feat no men's singles player had achieved since Rudy Hartono, the Indonesian master of 38 years ago.

At least there were glimpses during their brief 31-minute foray as to why these two are considered the best in their discipline by some considerable distance.

Both defend with remarkable agility - which the packed Birmingham crowd had earlier witnessed to superb effect in a men's doubles thriller - while their speed and net play made sure of a 28th meeting. Lin has now prevailed in 19 of those encounters.

 Despite their obvious ferocity on court, a unique bond exists between these two players off it, summed up when the two swapped shirts "on the spur of the moment" over the net, to the delight of the 8,000 inside the National Indoor Arena.

 

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