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Yihan hands defeat to Ratchanok, enters final (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE: Former world No.1 Wang Yihan ended the impressive run of world champion Ratchanok Intanon with an impressive come from behind 21-23, 21-19, 21-17 win in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The 2011 world champion has been going through a patchy year but she saved her best for Ratchanok - a player she has never lost to in seven previous meetings.China's Wang Yihan defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in three tough sets on Saturday to advance to the Denmark Open final.

It was a close first game but Ratchanok, who is competing in her first tournament after a lengthy injury layoff did enough to steal ahead.

The 25-year-old Yihan, who won the Danish meet in 2010 then stepped up a notch and was always in the driving seat in securing her seventh win over Ratchanok and a place in the final.

She will face South Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun, who defeated China’s Wang Shixian 21-19, 21-14, for the title.

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No jitters for Jin Wei in world juniors (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: In the absence of three-time world junior champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei is set to hog the limelight as the youngest player in the World Junior Championships starting Wednesday in Bangkok.

And the 13-year-old Jin Wei is relishing the moment.

“The place is nice ... I am just so excited to participate in my first world junior tournament. I will take this opportunity as a brand new challenge,” said Jin Wei from Bangkok yesterday. No small feat. 13-year-old Goh Jin Wei be the youngest player at the World Badminton Junior Championships beginning Wednesday in Bangkok.

Jin Wei and the Malaysian team arrived in Bangkok on Sunday. They will take part in the mixed team event, which starts tomorrow, followed by the individual events next Monday.

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Expect ‘Lights, camera, action!’ at 2014 World Champs (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): The Danes are hospitable hosts and if the Denmark Open is any indication, next year’s World Championships in Copenhagen will be just as good, if not better.

Denmark have not hosted the world meet since 1999, and Badminton Denmark director of events Brian Bach Noesgaard believes that the whole idea of next year’s world meet is to give everyone - players and fans alike an unforgettable experience.Can badminton fans expect something like this at next year's World Championships to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the host want to 'give everyone a different experience'

The 2014 world meet will be held at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, which is actually a velodrome.

“Well, we want to make it look like a world championship and give everyone a different experience compared to what they usually get from (other) tournaments,” said Noesgaard.

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Chen Long crowned as China takes 4 of 5 golds at badminton Denmark Open

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Published: 21 October 2013
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COPENHAGEN, Oct. 20 -- China's Chen Long beat top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia to win the men's singles title at the Denmark Open 2013 badminton tournament in Odense, central Denmark on Sunday, while China took 4 of all 5 gold medals.

The first set was a close game. Lee seemed to be a little faster at the beginning and took the lead 12-8 before the Chinese Chen managed to catch up to 14-14. The two scored points by turns and Chen came out better, winning 24-22.

Chen led all the way in the second game, 12-5, 18-14, but made some easy mistakes, while Lee kept calm and played with lots of energy and took the score to 19-19. Then Chen took three points in a row and won it 21-19.

The women's singles title went to the fifth seeded Chinese Wang Yihan, who beat her sixth-seeded opponent Ji Hyun Sung of South Korea 16-21, 21-18, 22-20.

Wang led 15-9 in the first set but started making a lot of easy mistakes while Sung won eight rallies in a row and turned the score to 17-15 in her favor and took the game 21-16.

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Denmark Open: Bringing credence to the glorious legacy of badminton

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Published: 18 October 2013
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Badminton is a sport which hasn't attracted the attentions of historians and academics. One is not sure why, for this is a sport with a rich and colourful history, and of a similar vintage as tennis or other popular sport.

The lack of historical perspective is the reason that tournaments with pedigree are treated no differently from other tournaments by players. The All England, for instance, is generally seen in India as the Wimbledon of badminton, but players treat it purely as another Premier Superseries event, worth a certain number of ranking points.

No player will gush about the traditions or legacy of the All England - because its traditions and legacy haven't been publicised well enough. Most of the blame must rest upon its organisers, for they haven't done anything to mark it out as a special event. Even in its 100th year, it was conducted like any other modern sporting event. It is in this context that another Premier Superseries event, the Denmark Open, assumes importance.

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