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Many more talents in line from Indonesia: Joko (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Former world champion Joko Suprianto had a huge smile on his face after one of his future stars – Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo – made the semi-finals of the men’s singles in the SEA Games badminton competition.

And Joko, the 1993 men’s singles world champion, said that there are more players “knocking vigorously on the door of stardom” ready to replace their king of badminton – the great Taufik Hidayat.Indonesia's Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo (left) beat Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia 21-10, 21-15 in the men's singles quarter-finals at the SEA Games on Dec 12, 2013.

“I’m delighted to see Wisnu’s breakthrough here. He is one of the many trying to fill the vacant spot,” said the country’s singles coach.

“Like Malaysia, we are also trying to find new stars and I’m happy to say that Indonesia does not lack talents.

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SEA Games: Singapore’s badminton doubles pair reach semi-finals (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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Team Singapore's hopes of bagging a medal in the sport live on, after the country's women's doubles pair reached the semi-finals.

SINGAPORE: Team Singapore's hopes of bagging a medal in the sport live on, after the country's women's doubles pair reached the semi-finals.

Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari beat Indonesia's Imawan Gebby Ristiyano and Nuraidah Tiara Rosalia in three sets.Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari in action during the badminton women's doubles quarter final round at the 27th SEA Games on December 12. They beat Indonesia's Imawan Gebby Ristiyano and Nuraidah Tiara Rosalia 2 - 1.

The Singaporean pair took the first game 21-16, before losing the second 20-22.

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A historic ‘challenge’ and Saina Nehwal’s exit (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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Badminton took a giant step towards ending player heartburn with the introduction of a decision review system at the BWF World Superseries Finals that began Wednesday.

The review system - implemented for line calls only - gives a player two chances to challenge line calls. When a call is challenged, the chair umpire will signal the referee, who will check the legitimacy of the call on his TV monitor.Interestingly, it was Malaysia’s favourite son, Lee Chong Wei, who issued the first challenge on a shot that was called ‘out’.

Interestingly, it was Malaysia's favourite son, Lee Chong Wei, who issued the first challenge on a shot that was called 'out'. Replays showed the shuttle had caught the line, and the world No.1 was awarded the point. "It's good and fair for everybody and all the players are very happy with it," said Chong Wei. "I would like to thank the BWF for introducing it...Having reviews is great for badminton."

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Chong Wei on lookout for Jorgensen

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Published: 12 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: With the semi-final slot booked, Datuk Lee Chong Wei is still hungry for a win over Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark in his last group match of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Superseries Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium tomorrow.

The world number one, who breezely sidelined Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana 21-6, 21-8 today, said Jorgensen had shown a lot of improvement in the past few years to become a more confident player. 
 
"He's an attacking-style player, so I've to keep my defence in check. Do not underestimate him," he told reporters on the sidelines of the tournament here today.
 
To date, Chong Wei has won eight matches and lost one against the 26-year-old Danish player.
 
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Chong Wei in pole position at Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has enjoyed an exceptional head-to-head record against Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana, winning 20 of their 22 encounters in the past.

And the 31-year-old didn’t look like he wanted that run to end as he gave the Thai ace a whipping with a 21-6, 21-8 win in his second match of Group A in the Super Series Finals on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei beat Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 21-6, 21-8 in their Super Series Finals match on Dec 12, 2013.

It was a dominant performance from three-time winner Chong Wei as Boonsak looked lost and appeared to have given up mid-way through the first game.

The win also puts Chong Wei in pole position in the group and he has virtually qualified for the semi-finals, even before his final match against Jan O Jorgensen on Friday.

“It felt like a normal match for me ... I prepared well even though it seemed as though Boonsak gave up early,” said Chong Wei.

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