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Chong Wei is fine despite loss, not so his teammates (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is not too perturbed by the fact that he has failed to defend his Denmark Open title and lost to Chen Long ... yet again.

Chong Wei, who celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday, simply couldn’t match the world No. 2 from China, losing 22-24, 19-21 on Sunday.

That was his seventh defeat to Chen Long in a total of 14 matches and it means that the Chinese ace has definitely cemented his place as Chong Wei’s main rival, especially with the prolonged absence of Lin Dan.No progress. Malaysia's Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong cannot seem to make a breakthrough in Super Series tournaments, prompting questions whether they should be split up.

More importantly, that defeat was also Chong Wei’s second to Chen Long this year, having also received a beating in the All England final back in March.

But the two-time Olympic silver medallist believes that winning or losing in Super Series events is not a big concern at all.

“Honestly, I did not play too well against Chen Long and I made too many mistakes but I’m not too disappointed with the outcome actually,” said Chong Wei.

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Hoyer-Larsen: It’s difficult to curb gamesmanship (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE: Badminton World Federation (BWF) president Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen believes that the sport’s governing body has to be more wary of gamesmanship in tournaments.

The former Olympic champion who is present at the Denmark Open believes the main challenge is to determine whether the act of players withdrawing from matches is genuine.

China are regarded as the main culprits in manipulating tournament draws in this regard. And during the quarter-finals of the Danish meet, they did it once again.China are considered the main culprits in tournament draw manipulation by constantly withdrawing their players with dubious claims of injury.

Women’s singles world No.1 Li Xuerui conceded a walkover to teammate Wang Shixian while top women’s pair Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang did likewise to unseeded compatriots Bao Yixin-Tang Jinhua.

The move is seen to benefit world No.7 Shixian, who is only 10th in the Super Series rankings, as she needs to earn more points in order to qualify for the Super Series Finals in December.

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Yihan hands defeat to Ratchanok, enters final (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE: Former world No.1 Wang Yihan ended the impressive run of world champion Ratchanok Intanon with an impressive come from behind 21-23, 21-19, 21-17 win in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The 2011 world champion has been going through a patchy year but she saved her best for Ratchanok - a player she has never lost to in seven previous meetings.China's Wang Yihan defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in three tough sets on Saturday to advance to the Denmark Open final.

It was a close first game but Ratchanok, who is competing in her first tournament after a lengthy injury layoff did enough to steal ahead.

The 25-year-old Yihan, who won the Danish meet in 2010 then stepped up a notch and was always in the driving seat in securing her seventh win over Ratchanok and a place in the final.

She will face South Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun, who defeated China’s Wang Shixian 21-19, 21-14, for the title.

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No jitters for Jin Wei in world juniors (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: In the absence of three-time world junior champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei is set to hog the limelight as the youngest player in the World Junior Championships starting Wednesday in Bangkok.

And the 13-year-old Jin Wei is relishing the moment.

“The place is nice ... I am just so excited to participate in my first world junior tournament. I will take this opportunity as a brand new challenge,” said Jin Wei from Bangkok yesterday. No small feat. 13-year-old Goh Jin Wei be the youngest player at the World Badminton Junior Championships beginning Wednesday in Bangkok.

Jin Wei and the Malaysian team arrived in Bangkok on Sunday. They will take part in the mixed team event, which starts tomorrow, followed by the individual events next Monday.

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Expect ‘Lights, camera, action!’ at 2014 World Champs (pic)

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Published: 21 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): The Danes are hospitable hosts and if the Denmark Open is any indication, next year’s World Championships in Copenhagen will be just as good, if not better.

Denmark have not hosted the world meet since 1999, and Badminton Denmark director of events Brian Bach Noesgaard believes that the whole idea of next year’s world meet is to give everyone - players and fans alike an unforgettable experience.Can badminton fans expect something like this at next year's World Championships to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the host want to 'give everyone a different experience'

The 2014 world meet will be held at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, which is actually a velodrome.

“Well, we want to make it look like a world championship and give everyone a different experience compared to what they usually get from (other) tournaments,” said Noesgaard.

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