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Chong Wei remains focused

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Published: 16 October 2012
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DENMARK OPEN: World No 1 not distracted by wedding preparations

LEE Chong Wei, despite being kept busy with his wedding preparations, will be the player to beat in the Denmark Open  when the premier super series event begins in Odense today.

But unlike Chong Wei, men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will be hunted down by their opponents.

Chong Wei will marry former women's international Wong Mew Choo and the wedding will be held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) over two days on Nov 9-10 but the World No 1 continues with his training.

He will only miss the French Open on Oct 23-28 but he has provisionally entered for the China Open on Nov 13-18 which is just three days after his wedding.


Chong Wei says Mew Choo’s patience won him over (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: After waiting for 11 years, and keeping his love life private, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is finally ready to tie the knot with Wong Mew Choo on Nov 10 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

And yesterday Chong Wei, who will turn 30 on Oct 21, finally opened up a little to reveal that it was Mew Choo’s patience that won his heart.

“I’ve known Mew Choo since my junior days and we’ve been in and out of relationship for the last 11 years. Of course, there have been misunderstandings but she has always stood by me,” said Chong Wei.Love birds: Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo posing during one of their photoshoots at the Sepang Gold Coast Palm Tree Resort Thursday

“She knew me and liked me even when I was a nobody ... and she has not changed. She has waited for me for a long time and I decided that it was time to marry her. She is one patient woman and I like that quality in her.”

The wedding plan very nearly came undone when Mew Choo’s grandmother passed away recently.

According to Chinese custom, they have to be married within 100 days of the funeral or wait for another three years.


Chong Wei skips French Open as it is too close to his wedding (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 October 2012
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not compete in the French Open from Oct 23-28 as it too close to his wedding with Wong Mew Choo early next month.

It is believed that the 29-year-old Chong Wei and former national player Mew Choo will get married on Nov 10-11, thus his pullout from the French meet.

The withdrawals of his close friends and rivals – Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin of China and Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat – from the Paris meet have added credence to the wedding rumours.Gunning for a Danish delight: Lee Chong Wei will compete in the Denmark Open but not the French Open.

Chong Wei, however, will still compete in the Denmark Open, from Oct 16-21. He is the top seed.

Despite the withdrawals of several top stars, the French Open will not be short on quality as Indonesian world No. 5 Simon Santoso has been given top billing, followed by Japan’s Sho Sasaki.


Taiwan Open GP Gold: Zakry-Fairuzizuan need just 27 minutes to end title drought (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 October 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari showed that they still have much to offer at the highest level after beat­ing Indonesia’s Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Sa­­putra 21-12, 21-14 to win the men’s doubles title in the Taiwan Open GP Gold in Taipei yesterday.

Many had written the pair off since they left the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) fold last year to join KLRC. In only their second final appearance since the Thailand Open in June, Zakry-Fairuzizuan were brilliant from the start against their top seeded opponents and needed just 27 minutes to seal victory.Rising to the occasion: Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (left) and Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif beat Indonesians Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra 21-12, 21-14 in the final.

It was their fourth career title since winning the back-to-back Singapore Open and Indo­ne­sia Open in 2009 and the India Open in 2010.

It was also the experienced Zakry-Fairu­zizuan’s first career title since striking out on their own about a year ago.

Zakry-Fairuzizuan, currently ranked 27th in the world, will certainly be boosted by this result, having crashed out in the first round of four tournaments since the Thailand meet.


Arif overcomes Tommy for the first time in sixth attempt (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: First, it was on Chong Wei Feng. Now another back-up shuttler, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, has stolen the thunder with a stunning win over his nemesis Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Taiwan Open Grand Prix Gold.

The 22-year-old Arif had lost all his five previous matches to Tommy over the last five years but yesterday he turned on the power to beat Tommy, the son of the former world champion Icuk, 21-16, 21-10.

Arif, who trains under Hendra­wan, faces Wei Feng today to assure Malaysia of a place in the men’s singles semi-finals.It's about time for Mohd Arif Abdul Latif to Shine

World No. 30 Wei Feng continued his fine form when he disposed of Lin Yu-hsien of Taiwan 21-16, 20-22, 21-19. He had packed off seventh seed Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia on the opening day.

However, two other aspiring players – Liew Daren and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin – bit the dust.

Daren lost 11-21, 21-16, 14-21 to Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan while Iskandar went down fighting 17-21, 17-21 to Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh.




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