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Lee stays perfect at Superseries Finals (pic)

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Published: 15 December 2011
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LIUZHOU, China - World number one Lee Chong Wei trounced Indonesia's Simon Santoso 21-10, 21-15 Thursday as he stepped up his bid for a fourth consecutive World Superseries Finals crown.

The Malaysian ace buried 15 smash winners as he sent Santoso packing in just 34 minutes at the season finale in Liuzhou, southern China, after taking three games to beat Japan's Sho Sasaki on the opening day.Lee Chong Wei in the Superseries Finals

China's Chen Long battled back from a game down to beat Japan's Tago Kenichi 12-21, 21-18, 21-13 to also make it two out of two in group play at the US$500,000 event.

China's Olympic champion Lin Dan, who is seeking the last major title to elude him, will face Indonesian star Taufik Hidayat in an eagerly awaited clash during Thursday's evening session.

 

Lin Dan calls for Hawk-Eye in badminton

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Published: 15 December 2011
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LIUZHOU, South China, Dec. 14  -- Chinese badminton star Lin Dan has called for the use of Hawk-Eye replay technology in the game to reduce disputed line calls.

Lin's petition came after last week's South Korea Golden Grand Prix were overshadowed by a series of disputed line calls.

Chinese top seed Chen Jin, who was stopped by South Korean Lee Hyun-II in the men's singles semifinals, blamed his defeat on unfair ruling by South Korean umpires. Chinese head coach Li Yongbo echoed Chen's words, saying some line calls were obviously wrong.

"We should look over the videos of all matches, or call on the BWF to adopt the Hawk-Eye technology. Disputed line calls will not exist if Hawk-Eye is used in all competitions," Lin said after his 21-15, 19-21, 21-17 victory against teammate Chen Long in the BWF Superseries Finals which is ongoing in Liuzhou, a city in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Over the past few years, there had been calls for introducing Hawk-Eye to badminton, but the BWF, badminton's world governing body, didn't give the green light.

"We must ensure badminton a truly fair game, so we need to remedy this defect," added Lin.

The Hawk-Eye technology is now used in tennis and cricket.

 
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BAM Urged To Give Young Players A Chance To Play In Prestigious Tournaments

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Published: 15 December 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14  -- The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has been asked to give a chance to players from local private clubs to play for the country in several prestigious badminton tournaments, including the Thomas Cup.

Director of Micheal's Badminton Academy and Sports Sdn Bhd, Lee Kok Choong when making the call said the national badminton body should go to the ground to find talented players around the country and not just depend on players under their umbrella.

"They should look at the ground level because there are several qualified players who don't have a chance to play at higher levels such as the Thomas Cup and other badminton tournaments.

"By giving these players a chance to play at a higher level, I believe they will be able to unleash their true potential," he told reporters after the academy's graduation ceremony themed 'Hope For Change' Badminton Charity Programme in Puchong, near here, Wednesday.

 

Peter Pan of badminton gets one good sketch (pic)

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Published: 15 December 2011
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SUPER SERIES MASTERS FINALS
LIUZHOU, CHINA (DEC 14-18)

A graphic sketch of Denmark’s Peter-Gade Christensen in the Super Series Masters Finals souvenir book depicts him as a young boy.

The evergreen veteran was quite tickled as he turned 35 yesterday and is the oldest men’s player on tour. He thinks it is a true reflection of him - the Peter Pan of badminton who just wants to keep on playing.Super art: A graphic sketch of (from left) Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade Christensen and Taufik Hidayat in the 2011 Super Series Masters Finals souvenir book.

“My team–mates made fun of me when they saw the picture. But it wasn’t as bad as that of Lee Chong Wei, and Taufik Hidayat looked quite funny too,” he quipped.

Yesterday, Christensen, who has graced the badminton scene for more than two decades, unveiled his plan for the future, which, expectedly, will involve youngsters.

He wants to be a coach when he ends his playing career after next year’s Olympic Games in London.

The Dane has kept a few options open as far as his coaching career is concerned.

 

Malaysian, Chinese named badminton players of the year (pic)

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Published: 15 December 2011
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BEIJING — Badminton's world governing body Wednesday named Malaysia's top men's singles player Lee Chong Wei and China's leading women's doubles pair Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang as 2011 players of the year.

It was the third consecutive player of the year award for world number one Lee, 29, who picked up five Superseries titles in the 2011 regular season and this week competes for his fourth consecutive Superseries finals title.Lee Chong Wei

The awards were announced by the World Badminton Federation ahead of the tournament here in south China's Liuzhou which runs through Sunday and is the year's last major event.

Wang and Yu are the current Superseries women's doubles champions and won seven of the Superseries 12 titles this year, becoming the first shuttlers ever to win four consecutive Superseries events.

It was the first time in the history of the award that it went to a doubles pair, the federation said.

 
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