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Another shot at glory for Hiroyuki-Kenichi (pic)

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Published: 07 March 2014
Written by Hits: 8336

BIRMINGHAM: After falling short in the final last year, Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa made sure they gave themselves another shot at winning the prestigious All-England badminton championships.

Last year, Endo-Hayakawa made a superb run to the final only to lose to China’s Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan.Last year's losing All-England finalists Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa will try to go one better when they take on Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in the men's doubles final on Sunday.

On Saturday, world No.2 Endo-Hayakawa nearly missed the ticket to the final as they fell behind against a fiery onslaught by South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol.

The second seeds however regained their composure to pummel the Koreans for a 16-21, 21-17, 21-13 win.

It was just rewards for the ever-consistent Endo-Hayakawa who have been ranked in the top four for the past two years.

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Chinese rule the roost at All-England event

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Published: 07 March 2014
Written by Hits: 2638

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - China maintained their dominance of the All-England Badminton Championships on Saturday although Lee Chong Wei stole most of the attention at the National Indoor Arena.

The Malaysian raced into a 5-0 lead in the first game of his men's singles semi-final before Korean Son Wan Ho rallied to take it 21-14.

Olympic silver medallist Wei then hit back to claim the next two games 21-19 21-15 to secure his place in the final.

He next faces title holder Chen Long in a repeat of last year's final after he disposed of fellow Chinese Wang Zhengmong 21-17 21-14.

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Chong Wei scrape through to All-England final (pic)

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Published: 07 March 2014
Written by Hits: 2272

BIRMINGHAM: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei huffed and puffed his way past South Korea’s Son Wan-ho to check into the final of the All-England badminton championships.

Two-time winner Chong Wei, who has enjoyed an easy run so far, found the 25-year-old military man a sturdy wall as he slogged for a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win in the semi-finals at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei had a close shave with defeat before beating South Korean Son Wan-ho in three sets in the semi-final of the All-England in Birmingham on Saturday.

Despite taking a 5-1 lead in the first game, Chong Wei was caught off-guard by Wan-ho’s steely determination as the Korean came back strongly to win it.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist then toyed with the prospect of a surprise – and painful exit – when Wan-ho led 17-15 in the second game.

Being the fighter that he is, Chong Wei managed to muster enough firepower in reserves to force a deciding rubber by the skin of his teeth.

He then stormed ahead to seal his place in his sixth straight All-England final after 71 minutes.

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On-court results more important than rankings: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 March 2014
Written by Hits: 2814

BIRMINGHAM: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are officially the highest ranked Malaysian pair now after moving ahead to No. 7 in the latest world rankings released on Thursday.

They have overtaken the now-defunct Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong partnership, which slipped to No. 8.

But Wee Kiong believes that it is court performances, rather than rankings which is their main focus right now.Hoon Thien How (right) and Tan Wee Kiong are now the highest ranked Malaysian pair at No.7.

The pair certainly need to work on their consistency after struggling to finish off Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata in the second round of the All-England.

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Late bloomer Gao Huan ready for Thomas Cup duty

Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 March 2014
Written by Hits: 6442

BIRMINGHAM: Gao Huan may be a late bloomer in the China national team, but he believes he is ready to fight for a place in the multi-talented squad, especially with the Thomas Cup coming up in May.

The 24-year-old was part of the Chinese team that bagged the team gold at the World Junior Championships in 2007 and 2008.

He was also a silver medallist at the World University Games last year losing to South Korea’s Hong Ji-hoon.

And Gao Huan, who was once compared to Lin Dan during his junior days, is ready to step up and fill the void as China seeks a 10th Thomas Cup crown.

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