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Chen shocks Lee to win Japan Open badminton tournament (pic)

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Published: 28 September 2011
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On-song Chen Long claimed his second title in two weeks when he shocked world number one Lee Chong Wei to win the men's singles title at the Japan Open on Sunday.

The Chinese fourth seed, fresh from glory at the China Masters last weekend, dashed the Malaysian's defence of the title with a 21-8, 10-21, 21-19 victory.

In the women's singles final, Chinese world champion and number one Wang Yihan whipped the eighth-seeded Juliane Schenk of Germany 21-16, 21-14 in 43 minutes to regain the title she won in 2008 and 2009.Chen Long

"It's exciting. I didn't think about anything during the match. I'm younger and he (Lee) is strong. I was just lucky to win today," said Chen, 22, after winning the Japan Open for the first time.

 

China stamp domination at home

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Published: 19 September 2011
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Chinese shuttlers stamped their domination in world badminton once again when they won all but the men's doubles title in the China Masters super series in Changzhou on Sunday.

The Chinese team, which swept last month's world championships for the second year running, won four titles after securing one-two finishes in three out of the five events.

Chen Long won the men's singles title, defeating compatriot Chen Jin 21-16 22-20, while Jiang Yanjiao retired after injuring her knee to give team mate Wang Shixian the women's singles crown.

Women's doubles world champions Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli also retired, with the title going to their teenage team mates Huan Xia and Tang Jinhua.

"It is a pity that we couldn't finish the final. We were eager to defend our title but both of us aren't in the good condition," Yu said.

 

Chong Wei asked to help turn ‘softie’ player into a tough nut (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 September 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: A plan is under way to toughen up back-up men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren.

And world number one Lee Chong Wei has been asked to help turn “softie” Daren into a tough nut.

National coach Tey Seu Bock believes Daren has the potential to take over Chong Wei’s place in the future.

“Daren is not tough enough on court. He has to change his attitude and be more aggressive like Chong Wei,” said Seu Bock.

“I want him to pick up some positive traits from Chong Wei like playing with more confidence,” added Seu Bock.

 

Daren has shown improvement in his game over the last few months. The only thing lacking is that he does not strike fear into his opponents.

In the Taiwan Open a week ago, Daren pulled off a stunning win over third seeds Lee Hyun-il of South Korea in the second round.

But hours later, he went down tamely to Thai youn­gster Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.Lacking something: Liew Daren needs to be more aggressive like Lee Chong Wei.

His mixed fortunes in Taiwan saw him moving up eight rungs from 53rd to 45th in the world – his best ranking in his career so far.

“Chong Wei is really committed to help Daren. If Daren continues with his determination to change for the better, I believe he has a chance to challenge for a medal at the Indonesia SEA Games in December,” said Seu Bock.

 

Korean world No. 2 pair prevent clean sweep by China (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 September 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: South Koreans Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae prevented China from making a clean sweep at the China Masters badminton cham­pion­ships by lifting the men’s doubles title in Changzhou yesterday.

The world number two survived a strong challenge from four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng to win 21-17, 21-10 in a 38-minute final.

China won the other four titles but two walkouts in the women’s singles and women’s doubles events marred the seventh leg of the Super Series event.

Wang Shixian bagged the singles crown after compatriot Jiang Yanjiao conceded a walkover due to a knee injury.

 

Malaysia badminton team nets $14 mln sponsorship (pic)

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Published: 06 July 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR — A major bank has struck a record $13.7 million sponsorship deal with Malaysia's badminton team in the hope it propels the country to its first Olympic gold medal in any sport.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh told AFP that the Maybank cash injection will be used to secure an "elusive" first Olympic gold at London 2012 and create a new pool of players.A major bank has struck a record $13.7 million sponsorship deal with Malaysia's badminton team

"This is the biggest sum of money we have ever received. The money will be used to develop our elite team and create new talents," Goh said.

Maybank replaces automaker Proton as the BAM's main sponsor for six years, although Proton will also continue their sponsorship deal for the next five years with an annual contribution of $666,112.

Badminton is a popular sport in Malaysia but the country has fallen behind mighty China and neighbouring Indonesia in recent years.

World number one Lee Chong Wei, 28, is Malaysia's biggest hope for Olympic gold, but he plans to quit after London and BAM are looking to groom a new set of superstars.

 
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