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'Super Dan' says Olympics won't delay wedding (pic)

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Published: 10 December 2010
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Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan says his preparations for the 2012 London Olympics will not delay his plans to marry former world champion Xie Xingfang.

Lin, viewed by many as the best badminton player ever, last month secured a long-coveted gold medal at the Asian Games to go with his world and Olympic titles.

His sporting legacy secured, the 27-year-old Lin says he is ready to focus on other things, raising the possibility of a marriage before the London Summer Games.'Super Dan' says Olympics won't delay wedding

"I have sacrificed so much to play badminton at the expense of my family, girlfriend and friends. Now, I feel my family and friends are just as important as the sport," Lin told the China Daily in comments published Friday.

 
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Men’s pairs blown away, Chong Wei charges into last eight (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 December 2010
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stepped into the Hong Kong Open quarter-finals in confident fashion yesterday but it was a blow for Malaysia as all three men’s pairs, including top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, bowed out in second-round matches.

Chong Wei, who is the most successful shuttler on the Super Series circuit this year, outplayed Chinese youngster Wang Zhengming, winning 21-17, 21-11 in 34 minutes.

Chong Wei has cleared the first of many Chinese hurdles in his path and coach Rashid Sidek is hoping that the defending champion will pull through too today against Chen Jin.Shown the exit: Tan Boon Heong (left) and Koo Kien Keat were beaten by Indonesia’s Muhammad Ahsan-Bona Septano 21-12, 18-21, 19-21 in the second round of the Hong Kong Open yesterday.

The fifth seeded Chinese is the reigning world champion but he has lost to Chong Wei in three meetings this year.

Chong Wei defeated Chen Jin en route to winning the Malaysian and Korean Open titles. He also defeated the Chinese in the Guangzhou Asiad last month to become the first Malaysian to reach the men’s singles final in more than 30 years.

 

Saina extracts revenge for Asiad loss, enters Hong Kong semis (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 December 2010
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NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal on Friday stormed into the semifinals of Hong Kong Super Series by extracting revenge on Pui Yin Yip for her heart-breaking quarterfinal loss in the Asian Games, with straight games thrashing of the local shuttler.Saina Nehwal

Saina had lost 8-21, 21-8, 19-21 in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games badminton competition in Guangzhou last month but on Friday, at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong, the world number two Indian thrashed her opponent 21-11, 21-10 in just 26 minutes.

She will take on sixth seed Juliane Schenk of Germany in the singles semifinal on Saturday. Juliane scored an upset 21-14, 16-21, 21-12 victory over fourth seed Yanjiao Jiang of China in another quarterfinal match.

 

China's top male shuttlers quit Hong Kong Open with top duo ousted

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Published: 10 December 2010
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HONG KONG, Dec. 10, 2010 -- China's leading men's singles Lin Dan and Chen Jin both pulled out of the Hong Kong Badminton Open here on Friday before the quarterfinals, a bit later than they did here last year.

Xia Xuanze, men's singles coach of the Chinese national team, told reporters that Lin felt uncomfortable in his waist this morning while Chen suffered a foot injury in Thursday's second round match.

"Lin is too tired after so many matches in the past few weeks," he added.

In last year's Hong Kong Open, Lin quit without playing a single match while Chen gave up during the first round match due to an injury. Lin also played two rounds and called a quit before the quarterfinals in the China Open earlier this month.

 

Lin Dan may miss cut for Masters Finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 December 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It may be a little too late for China’s Lin Dan to make the cast for the Super Series Masters Finals in Taipei next month even if he wins the Hong Kong Open title this weekend.

The Guangzhou Asian Games champion is hanging dangerously in 12th position in the latest ranking.

Lin Dan had a chance to improve on his position in the China Open last week but he conceded a walkover to Chen Long in the quarter-finals.

Lin Dan entered for the China and Hong Kong Opens to make up the minimum quota of participation in six events of the 12-leg Super Series this year.

Only the top eight in each event get to play in the Masters Finals scheduled for Jan 5-9.

 
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