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Chong Wei through to quarter-finals in Paris (pic)

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Published: 24 October 2013
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World No 1 Lee Chong Wei stayed rock steady in his mission to win the French Open title when he battled for a 21-18, 21-18 win over India's Ajay Jayaram to reach the quarter-finals. Lee Chong Wei advances to the quarter-final of the French Open with a straight sets victory over India's Ajay Jayaram on Thursday.'

He will take on another veteran of the game - Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana - for a place in the semi-finals.

The other quarter-finals will be between Kenichi Tago of Japan and Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto; Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia will face Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark; and Hu Yun of Hong Kong will square off against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand.

 

PBSI seeks to revive passion for badminton

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Published: 23 October 2013
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The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) has initiated a movement called Angkat Raketmu (pick up your rackets) in a bid to renew the championship spirit in national badminton.

Jointly held with soft drink producer Coca Cola Indonesia, the movement was launched at Langsat Park, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Tuesday by PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan.

Present at the ceremony were president director of Coca Cola Indonesia Martin Gil, chairman of the Indonesian Olympic Committee Rita Subowo and officials from the city administration.

The ceremony was marked by Gita and Martin Gil playing a friendly men’s doubles match against Atlanta Olympic gold medalists Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaki.

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Chong Wei cruises through French Open first round (pic)

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Published: 23 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei made the perfect rebound after cruising through his first round match in the French Open in Paris on Tuesday.

Chong Wei, who turned 31 on Monday, had suffered an untimely defeat to world No. 2 Chen Long in the Denmark Open final on Sunday.

But he did not let that affect him one bit as he outclassed India’s P. Kashyap 22-20, 21-12 in 37 minutes.Lee Chong Wei in a file photo from the Denmark Open last week. He had no problem defeating India's P. Kashyap 22-20, 21-12 in the French Open first round.

Chong Wei, who skipped the French meet last year, will face another Indian, Ajay Jayaram, in the second round on Thursday.

It was however a disappointing finish for defending champion Liew Daren who bowed out in the first round.

The 26-year-old Daren, who retired after only eight minutes in his first round Danish Open match against Kashyap due to a swollen foot, failed to take advantage of a one-game lead against sixth-seeded Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.

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No problem for shuttlers at World Junior meet (pic)

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Published: 23 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia – and teen starlet Goh Jin Wei – enjoyed a winning start at the World Junior Badminton Championships to seal a spot in the quarter-finals in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old Jin Wei saw action in Malaysia’s second tie in Group X2 – a 5-0 over the Philippines – but by then the team were already well on their way to the next round.A file photo of junior shuttler Goh Jin Wei. The Malaysian darling made her much-awaited debut at the World Junior Badminton Championships in Bangkok, helping the team to beat the Philippines 5-0.

Malaysia got the start they needed by beating Scotland 5-0, with mixed doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Yap Cheng Wen needing only nine minutes to dispose of Adam Hall-Heather Macpherson 21-10, 21-14 before 16-year-old Cheam June Wei made it 2-0 with a relatively easy 25-23, 21-10 win over Josh Neil.

Girls’ singles shuttler Ho Yen Mei was stretched to three games by Julie Macpherson before prevailing 21-17, 18-21, 21-14 to hand the team an unassailable 3-0 lead.

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Fewer obstacles for Chong Wei in French Open (pic)

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Published: 22 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Cutting a small cake with his wife Wong Mew Choo in Paris – the city of love – must have been a perfect birthday setting and timely break for World No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei.

Chong Wei, who turned 31 on Monday, is now all pumped up and ready to show that age is not a barrier as he seeks to make a quick rebound at the French Open this week.Chen Long reacts after winning the Denmark Open final against Lee Chong Wei. He has pulled out of the French Open, clearing the path for Chong Wei.

On Sunday, Chong Wei went down fighting to second seed Chen Long of China in the men’s singles final of the Denmark Open in Odense.

But there won’t be a rematch in the French Open as Chen Long, whose record against Chong Wei now stands at 7-7, has withdrawn from the tournament.

It’s uncertain why the 24-year-old Chen Long has pulled out.

But his absence has now opened up a clearer path for Chong Wei and two other Malaysians – defending champion Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng – to enjoy a good outing.

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