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Chong Wei: I lost to a better player (pic)

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Published: 12 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has promised to bounce back stronger at the Malaysian Open after failing to get off to a dream start in the season-opening Korean Open in Seoul.

The 31-year-old shuttler went down 14-21, 15-21 to China’s Chen Long in Sunday’s 56-minute men’s singles final, thus crushing his hopes of winning the Korean Open for the fourth time.

It was Chen Long’s eighth win over Chong Wei in 15 meetings – and his fourth consecutive victory over the Malaysian – in a period of 14 months.Lee Chong Wei reacts after losing a point to Chen Long of China in the men's singles final of the Korean Open on Sunday. The Malaysian world No.1 lost the match in straight sets.

The powerful Chen Long, who is trying to fill in the shoes of five-time world champion Lin Dan, produced an efficient display to give himself an early 25th birthday present.

Chen Long, who turns 25 on Jan 18, accelerated to a 7-0 first-game lead in just six minutes – showcasing his brilliance at the net and superb execution of smashes from the baseline.

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Malaysian Open badminton championship - Top Indo pair’s back for more (pic)

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Published: 12 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: The Malaysian Open will always be memorable for reigning men’s doubles world champions Hendra Setiawan-Mohd Ahsan of Indonesia.

It was here a year ago that their new partnership took flight as the unseeded pair won the men’s doubles title in their first tournament together at the Putra Stadium.

And they haven’t looked back, since.World champion men's doubles pair, Mohd Ahsan (2nd right) and Hendra Setiawan (right) warm down after a training session for the Malaysian Open badminton championship beginning on Wednesday at Bukit Jalil.

The duo went on to win three Super Series titles in Indonesia, Singapore and Japan and also came out tops in two world events – the World Championships in Guangzhou and the BWF World Super Series in Kuala Lumpur.

The world No. 1 are now back for more.

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Clean slate for Jing Yi at home tourney (pic)

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Published: 12 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttler Tee Jing Yi is ready to put her career back in order after going through a rough patch last year.

For starters, she hopes to get through the qualifying tournament of the Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukti Jalil tomorrow.

The 23-year-old Jing Yi will be joined by five others – Yang Li Lian, Lim Chiew Sien, Lim Yin Fun and former internationals Sannatasah Saniru and Lydia Cheah – in the qualifying tournament. National singles player Tee Jing Yi, who'll be playing in the Malaysian Open qualifying rounds on Tuesday, hopes to put a bad year behind her and help Malaysia qualify for the Uber Cup Finals in May.

Malaysia will be hoping for at least one of them to make it through to the tournament proper which starts on Wednesday.

Olympian Jing Yi failed to get past the early round of any international tournament last year, with her biggest disappointment being a first-round knockout at the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.

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China's Chen Long beats Chong Wei in Korea Open final (pic)

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Published: 12 January 2014
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SEOUL: Chen Long of China denied Lee Chong Wei a fourth Korea Open title when he upstaged the World No 1 in Seoul today.

An agressive Chen Long notched a 21-14, 21-15 win over Chong Wei, the defending champion, in a 56-minute final.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei looks down after losing a point against China's Chen Long during their men's singles final match at the Korea Open Badminton tournament in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Chen won the match 21-14, 21-15.

It was the repeat of last year Denmark Open final in October which was also clinched in straight games by Chen Long. 

China's Chen Long celebrates after winning over Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei at their men's singles final match at the Korea Open Badminton tournament in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Chen won the match 21-14, 21-15. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei returns a shot against China's Chen Long during their men's singles final match at the Korea Open Badminton tournament in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Chen won the match 21-14, 21-15.

The duo are expected to battle for the Malaysia Open crown when the premier super series tournament begins at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday.

 

 

 

Lee-Chen rivalry resumes in Korean Open final (pic)

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Published: 11 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: The year’s first badminton tournament – the Korean Open – is set for a red-hot finale in chilly Seoul.

World No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei and second seed Chen Long of China were in sizzling form en route to overcoming their semi-final opponents on Saturday.

Chong Wei stood solid in the face of Kenichi Tago’s constant battering to prevail 21-17, 21-17 in 51 minutes while the lanky Chen Long packed off Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 21-15, 21-9 in 41 minutes. 

The opener saw Chong Wei losing his focus momentarily before making a comeback to nick it. The second game was nail-biting with both trading blow for blow before the 31-year-old Malaysian claimed his 15th win over the Japanese in 16 meetings.

But Chong Wei had better be wary of the lanky Chen Long, who is shaping up well for their first duel this year.

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