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'Lone Ranger' Chong Wei Breezes Into Semi-final

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Published: 16 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 (Bernama) -- World No: 1 men's singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei breezed in style to the semi-final of the USD$300,000 (RM1.07 million) Korea Open Super Series when he defeated Park Sung-hwan of South Korea at the 2nd Olympic Gymnasium, Bangi-Dong in Seoul today.

In the hour-long, quarter-final match, the Beijing Olympics silver medallist was stunned in the first game when the seventh seed Sung-hwan who capitalised on home-ground advantage, clinched a 21-18 win.

However, Malaysian Open champion Chong Wei did not lose his nerve and went on to win with ease, the second game 21-7.

In the rubber game, the 25-year-old Penangite endured stiff resistance from Sung-hwan.

Nevertheless, the backing from staunch home supporters was a plus factor for the Malaysian who went on to win the decider game 21-16.
 

Saina out of Yonex Korea Super Series, Diju-Gutta move on (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 January 2009
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Seoul: Saina Nehwal bowed out of the Yonex Korea Super Series 2009 losing to Indonesia's Adrianti Firdasari in the second round, while mixed doubles duo of V Diju and Gwala Gutta upset the top seed to move into the quarter-finals, on Thursday.

Saina, the fifth seed, went down 21-18, 18-21, 12-21 in a match that lasted 47 minutes.

The Indian shuttler, who got walk-over against Canada's Charmaine Reid in the first round, used her powerful smashes to eke out a win in the first game but thereafter lost her way.DREAM SHATTERED: Saina Nehwal had got walk-over against Canada's Charmaine Reid in the first round.

 

Chong Wei keeps flag flying in Seoul

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are left with Lee Chong Wei and former national doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah to keep the fire going in cold Seoul after the second round matches of the Korean Open yesterday.

After a jittery start on the opening day, top seed Chong Wei gave a better account of himself , taking only 20 minutes to beat Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsul 21-14, 21-9 yesterday to set up a quarter-final match against Park Sung-hwan.

The Korean will be out to avenge his defeat by the world number one in the Malaysia Open final last Sunday.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek said that he was glad to see Chong Wei warming up to the task in Seoul.

“He is getting better and showed the vast difference in standard between him and the young Thai today. But the toughest job is to beat a Korean on his home ground,” he said in a telephone interview.

“Sung-hwan will have the extra motivation to please his fans and he may get some form of help from the line judges. From past experience in South Korea, line calls favouring home players can be a problem and Chong Wei has to be psychologically ready for the challenges tomorrow.”

 

Pei Tty-Eei Hui feel they are not the real world No.1 yet (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui made it to the top of the world rankings for the first time in their careers but they were not jumping for joy.

In the Badminton World Fede-ration (BWF) ranking list yesterday, Pei Tty-Eei Hui moved one rung up to replace China’s Olympic champions Du Jing-Yu Yang as the No. 1.Not there yet: Wong Pei Tty (left) and Chin Eei Hui replaced China’s Du Jing-Yu Yang as the top women’s pair in the world.

 

Kirsty wins silver medal in Belgium (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 January 2009
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BOTHWELL teenager Kirsty Gilmour provided a glimpse of her increasing potential last week by reaching the womens final at the Belgian junior badminton international tournament - despite being unseeded.

The 15-year-old performed well above expectation at the tournament in Liege before being edged out by top seed Leanne Tan of Belgium, losing 21-15, 21-18.

Scotlands junior high-performance coach Diana Koleva was impressed by Kirstys showing and said: This was an excellent performance by Kirsty, especially when you consider she is still only 15 and this was her first European Junior Circuit under-19 event.

Kirsty, who has been named in Scotlands preliminary squad for the European Junior Championships in Italy this April, has several major events ahead of her this year.

The Scottish Institute of Sport student took part in the EBU Gold tournament in York on January 3 and 4, reaching the semi-finals. She will compete in the Yonex Scottish National Championships in Perth from January 30-February 1, playing at senior level.