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Exciting times for women's singles, says Clark (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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THERE were upsets galore in the third round of the women’s singles in World Championships and popular television commentator Gillian Clark is loving it.India's P.V.Sindhu is a rising star having already defeated two China players en route to making the semi-finals of the World Championships.

“I made a comment a year ago during the London Olympic Games that the women’s singles will be one of the most exciting and that many young shuttlers will rise up to give the Chinese girls a fight. It’s happening now,” she said.

“I can’t wait for the next Olympic Games (in 2016) as the race for the women’s singles will be quite open. It’s certainly great for the game and gives commentators like me a lot to talk about.”

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It's game over Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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IT’S all over for the country’s top men’s pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the World Championships – and also for their careers.

Yesterday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong blew their best chance to prolong their partnership when they went down 15-21, 16-21 in 42 minutes to Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang of South Korea in the quarter-finals at the Tianhe Gymnasium.

It was their fourth defeat to the Koreans in the last two years – and one which has the biggest repercussion.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are facing the end of their careers after a poor defeat to South Korea's Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang in the quarter-finals of the World Championships.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had issued them an ultimatum – reach the final or either be dropped or split up. 

It looks like their seven-year plus partnership, which has gone through a dizzying roller-coaster ride, is set to come to a sad end. 

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Keep it up, says Chong Wei

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Published: 09 August 2013
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WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei had some positive words for his successors – Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren, who both bowed out from the World Championships on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Wei Feng had China’s Lin Dan by the throat in the opening game before going on to lose 20-22, 10-21 in the third round while Daren went down 18-21, 15-21 to second seeds Chen Long, also of China.

“Wei Feng did quite well against Lin Dan but could not catch up towards the end. This is his first world meet ... although he’s not that young, he has been playing better and better,” said Chong Wei.

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Sindhu storms into World Badminton Championships semis, assures India of bronze

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Published: 09 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU (China): Rising shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday created history by becoming the first Indian woman singles player to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships after scoring an upset win over local favourite Shixian Wang of China to enter the semifinals.

Playing in her maiden World Championships, Sindhu, seeded 10th, had an easy outing against the World No. 8 and seventh seeded Wang. The Indian took just 55 minutes to get the better of her fancied Chinese opponent 21-18, 21-17.

World No. 12, Sindhu will take on the winner of the match between Carolina Marin and Ratchanok Intanon in the last four round.

Before Sindhu, Prakash Padukone won a medal in the World Championships way back in 1983 when he bagged a bronze in the men singles event in Copenhagen, while the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged another bronze for India in the last edition of the tournament at London in 2011.

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Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan on course for final clash

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Published: 09 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU, China Top-seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and defending champion Lin Dan scored impressive quarterfinal wins Friday to stay on course for a much-anticipated men's final clash at the Badminton world championships.

Lee, who has lost to Lin in two Olympic finals as well as the last world championships in 2011, scored an easy 21-6, 21-9 victory over eighth-seeded Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto to set up a semifinal clash with third-seeded Du Pengyu of China.

Lin, unseeded after injuries and family commitments restricted his participation in international events over the past year, knocked out second-seeded Chinese compatriot Chen Long 21-13, 22-20.

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