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Lee cruises through to Japan final

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei crushed fifth-seeded Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam to reach the Japan Open final Saturday, brushing aside controversy at home over the resignation of his coach.

 
The top seed and defending champion whipped the world bronze medallist 21-10, 21-5 in 29 minutes in their semi-final at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
 
Lee will play the seventh seed and hometown favourite Kenichi Tago on Sunday, hoping to lift a record fourth Japan Open title.
 
Tago beat China's Gao Huan 21-12, 21-12 the other semi-final.
 
On Thursday, Rashid Sidek tendered his resignation as Malaysia's national singles coach, according to press reports from Kuala Lumpur.
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Coaches get instructions, no warning letter for Chong Wei

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: The national badminton coaches have finally been given clear instructions over their new roles and responsibilities under the new coaching and training structure.

 
On Saturday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong spent about two hours briefing all the national coaches at Stadium Juara in Bukit Jalil.
 
And to ensure that there would be two-way communication, Aik Mong will be meeting all the coaches every fortnight. He will also get daily feedback from Razif Sidek and Hendrawan, who have been put in charge of Team A and Team B.
 
“I am here to help the coaches. I could not explain to them about all these changes earlier as I was in the midst of putting things into place. The framework is in place now and I have informed all the coaches of our new approaches,” said Aik Mong.
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Rashid's resignation a huge loss to badminton in the country

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: National Sports Council (NSC) Director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said national singles coach Rashid Sidek's resignation was a huge loss to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and badminton in the country.

 
Zolkples who was shocked with Rashid's resignation said the former shuttler was among a number of prominent local coaches the country had produced but hoped it would not disrupt BAM's plans to strengthen the coaching and training programme.
 
"I am aware of the changes brought about by the new leadership but did not expect it would result in the resignation of Rashid. I only came to know about the resignation (Rashid) through the local dailies," he told reporters at his office, here, today.
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End of road for Indians in Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 HYDERABAD: After creating a wave in the early part of the Japan Open, Indian shuttlers exited en masse from the Super Series as HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth and Ajay Jayram lost their quarterfinals in Tokyo on Friday.India was the only country which had three shuttlers in the quarterfinal stage.

 
Incidentally, India was the only country which had three shuttlers in the quarterfinal stage.
 

Lee Chong Wei reaches Japan Open semis

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Published: 20 September 2013
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Malaysia's world number-one Lee Chong Wei brushed aside Jun Takemura of Japan 21-10, 21-11 to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo Friday.

The 30-year-old top seed, going for a record fourth Japan Open men's singles title, needed a little more than 30 minutes to book a semi-final clash with Nguyen Tien Minh on Saturday.

The fifth-seeded Vietnamese whipped Japan's Kento Momota 21-18, 21-13 in another quarter-final.

China's Gao Huan struggled in beating Indian H.S. Prannoy 21-11, 20-22, 21-13 to set up the other semi-final clash with Japan's seventh seeded Kenichi Tago.

Tago crushed India's K. Srikanth 21-18, 21-9.

In the women's quarter-finals of the $200,000 tournament, the eighth leg of the 12-round World Superseries, fourth-seeded Wang Yihan breezed past fellow Chinese and fifth-seed Wang Shixian 21-17, 21-15.

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