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China scent revenge at Uber Cup (pic)

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Published: 24 May 2012
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  WUHAN, China: China punished a spirited Thailand to reach the Uber Cup final on Thursday and set up a revenge mission against holders South Korea.

"I want to win and get the Uber Cup back home," said China's world number one Wang Yihan after beating gifted 17-year-old Inthanon Ratchanok 21-18, 21-15.Wang Xiaoli (L) and Yu Yang (R) of China compete against Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul of Thailand during the semi-final match at the Uber Cup.

"Two years ago I lost the match. I felt so much pressure. It's my responsibility," Wang said, referring to the 2010 final in Kuala Lumpur when she sensationally lost in straight games as China went down 3-1 to South Korea.

That shock defeat to the Koreans saw China surrender their crown, but head coach Li Yongbo made no secret of his team's determination to get it back again.

 

Liew Darren 'Forced' To Step Into Chong Wei's Shoes

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2012
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WUHAN, May 22  -- It does not matter whether shuttler Liew Daren who has been playing second fiddle to Datuk Lee Chong Wei would be ready to step into the latter's shoes, because he has no option.

Chong Wei's injury has forced Liew Darren to move up the ladder for the Thomas Cup challenge and shoulder the prospect of playing the first singles, probably against defending champion China in tomorrow's quarterfinals.

Admitting that he had been thrust into the unexpected situation, Liew Darren who surprised Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark, 21-15, 21-13 to give Malaysia the first point, would probably be facing world number Lin Dan of China.

 

Ankle injury dents Lee Olympic bid (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2012
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WUHAN, China — Badminton's world number one Lee Chong Wei was put out for up to a month with a torn ankle tendon at the Thomas Cup in Wuhan Tuesday, casting serious doubt over his Olympic title bid in London.

"It is a torn ankle tendon, not a rupture. He will be out for about three to four weeks," said Tey Seu Bock, Malaysia's singles coach. "He will go back to Malaysia as soon as possible for another MRI scan.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, seen here in April, sustained a serious ankle injury at the Thomas Cup Tuesday

"It is still OK for the Olympics," Tey said, adding that Lee was "more upset about not contributing to the team at the Thomas Cup."

But with the London Games starting in July the injury is a major blow to Lee's preparations, already hampered by a shoulder problem, a bout of influenza and a series of disappointing results this season.

"Our biggest enemy is not each other but injury," said Lee's arch-rival and world number two Lin Dan, who took gold ahead of the Malaysian at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.

 

Thomas Cup: Badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei Injured in Wuhan(pic)

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Published: 22 May 2012
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World badminton number one Lee Chong Wei is a major doubt for what will be his farewell Olympic appearance after suffering an ankle injury on court.

The 29-year old Malaysian landed awkwardly in the early stages of his Thomas Cup match against Denmark's Peter Gade and was forced to pull out, being helped from the court in tears. Lee Chong Wei (blue) is forced to retire against Peter Gade in Wuhan

'His ankle is so swollen. He needs further checks to see the depth of the injury,' said national team coach Rashid Sidek.

'We have decided that he would not play in the Thomas Cup finals. We want him to have enough rest before the Olympic Games in London. He was crying and was so emotional. He must have been thinking about the Olympic Games too.

'For now, all he needs is some rest and time to regain his confidence.'

Chong Wei was beaten in the 2008 Olympic final by Lin Dan and has been plagued by injuries so far this season in the run-up to what will be his final Olympic appearance.
 
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Thomas Cup- Hafiz: Home pressure can be China’s worst enemy (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2012
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 PLAYING at home is never easy and this factor could be China’s worst enemy.

China have never won the Thomas Cup title as hosts of the Finals and Malaysia’s singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim says the pressure to perform at home could be their Achilles heel.Friendly banter: Lee Chong Wei (left) having a chat with Mohd Hafiz Hashim in the team bus after their training session at the Wuhan Sports Centre Sunday.

China are hosting the world premier badminton event for the second time since they participated in the Finals in 1982.

 

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