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Indian Badminton League: When Sachin Tendulkar met Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Mumbai: World number one Lee Chong Wei after making his debut in the Indian badminton League interacted with legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday night.

However, the top-ranked Malaysian confessed to have never seen a cricket match in his life but added that he wishes to witness the game one day.

"I just spoke to him (Tendulkar) socially. This is the first time I met him. I am very happy because he came to watch my match and hopefully one day I can see a cricket (match). I have never seen a cricket match," Lee told reporters on Tuesday night.Lee Chong Wei at Indian Badminton League


Lee, who joined Mumbai Masters after missing the team`s first two away ties, eased his way past his compatriot Daren Liew in the first men`s singles. He wrapped up his opening match under 35 minutes as he defeated Liew 21-12, 21-16.

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Thai badminton star sets off to smashing success (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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BANGKOK — Behind the pink braces, pony tail and sweet smile lies a fierce, competitive athlete. It's this side of Ratchanok Inthanon that powers a smash that can send the shuttlecock piercing the air at more than 124 mph.In this Friday, Aug. 16,2013 photo, Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon serves during a training session in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai teenager last week became the youngest-ever world badminton champion, and the first Thai player to win a world title.

The Thai teenager last week became the youngest badminton world champion in history, and the first Thai player to win a world title.

It's the latest in a line of badminton firsts for Ratchanok, who has been playing the sport for almost as long as she can remember.

Born in Thailand's poor northeast in 1995, Ratchanok — known among Thais as "May" — spent her early years next to furnaces in a confectionary factory in Bangkok's western outskirts where her parents worked.

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2013 Indian Badminton League, Day 6: Mumbai Masters vs Krrish Delhi Smashers (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Tine Baun vs Arundhati Panthawane

#Baun leading in the second set 7-3 at the first break.Lee Chong Wei Playing in Indian Badminton League

SET 1

#Baun easily takes the first set 21-11

#Baun is still leading 14-6. Arundhati is proving to be a no match for the Dane.

# Baun is leading 7-2 at the first break of the first set.

#The second match of the day is between Tine Baun of Mumbai Masters and Arundhati Panthawane of Delhi Smashers.

Lee Chong Wei vs Daren Liew

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A visit to World Champion Ratchanok "May" Intanon's badminton school (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Ban Thongyord is not a cooking school. It's a badminton camp – the training home for world's No.2 badminton player Ratchanok "May" Intanon.


A scene of little kids in yellow T-shirts running in excitement to join their class greeted us on our arrival at Ban Thongyord. The name in Thai literally means an egg drop coated in syrup, which is a dessert But Ban Thongyord is not a cooking school. It's a badminton camp – the training home for world's No.2 badminton player Ratchanok "May" Intanon, whose recent world championship win has made her the country's biggest star athlete and a household name.School owner Kamala Thongkorn meets with some of the aspiring badminton players.

"People often think that our school offers a dessert programme. It just happens to be named after our family's dessert business," said former national youth badminton player Kanitsara Ngensrisuk, who helps her mother Kamala Thongkorn, the lady behind May's success to manage the school after her retirement.

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‘Can’t make Lee like Lin Dan’ (pic)

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Published: 20 August 2013
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Malaysian’s long-time coach Sue Bock says that the World No. 1 is not as mentally strong as the Chinese superstar

Mumbai: Every sport has its own little riddles and Badminton too has a special case. The Malaysian Lee Chong Wei might be the world no. 1 but why does he keep failing against Lin Dan, the multiple Olympic and World champion?
 
It’s a question that fascinates the Badminton fraternity and who better to answer it than Lee’s personal coach Tey Seu Bock? The coach offers a very interesting analogy as an explanation. He says that two cars can be similar in make, they can have the same engine and even be the exact shape and size but still you will find one minor detail that differentiates the two. Lee Chong Wei (right) with his Mumbai Masters’ teammate and All England winner Tine Buan at the National Sports Club of India yesterday. Mumbai Masters take on Delhi Smashers in their IBL encounter today

For him as far as talent and skill is concerned he says Lee and Lin Dan are very much alike but he says that the Malaysian does seem to be mentally fragile when it comes to winning that gold medal. “Lin Dan is mentally much stronger player. He is fantastic, a one in a million so to speak.

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