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Lee Chong Wei joins Lin Dan in world badminton championship final (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 Lin Dan has progressed to the final even though the two-time Olympic champion hardly played competitively over the past year and entered on a wild card since he was ranked a low 100th before the World Badminton Championships. Lee Chong Wei too struggled through after losing first game to Du Pengyu.

World number one Lee Chong Wei will face Chinese superstar Lin Dan in the World Championships final Sunday that fans were hoping for, after a tense three-game victory in Guangzhou.It's on...Chong Wei-Lin Dan dream final

The Malaysian lost the first game of his semi-final Saturday against Du Pengyu in the southern Chinese city, sending shots out and into the net in a tentative start.

He clawed his way back from an 11-5 deficit but China's Du, ranked third, found answers to Lee's returns and raised the roof of the Tianhe gymnasium when he took the first 22-20.

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Poor doubles show will result in shake-up (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 WITHOUT a medal to show at the World Championships, there are a number of uncertainties in the men’s doubles department.

 
The coaches may be changed. Some players may be dropped or split up. New faces may come in.
 
It all depends on who become the new coaching and training chairman and the national coaching director and what direction they intend to take under the leadership of new Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.
 
Even national chief coach Tan Kim Her’s position is shaky as none of his three pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong – made any breakthroughs.Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem performed under-expectations, losing in the second round to compatriots Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong.
 
If Kim Her, however, is given another chance to continue, he will have three big challenges in his hands.
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It's normal to send shuttlers home early, says BAM

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 IT is a normal practice for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to make early flight bookings for some of their players. And it has nothing to do with the national body’s lack of confidence in their players.

 
BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai said it was their standard operating procedure. 
 
On Friday, a number of players were sent back home from the World Championships after they were ousted in their respective events in Guangzhou.
 
“Normally, we estimate and book flights for some players to go back early. If they win, we will then delay their flights to another date,” said Chin Chai. 
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Ratchanok restores Thai pride (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 THREE-TIME world junior champion Ratchanok Intanon restored the battered pride of her nation when she became the first Thai to reach a final in the World Championships.

 
And the 18-year-old Ratchanok did it in super style, ending Indian giant-killer P.V. Sindhu’s gallant run with a 21-10, 21-13 win in a 36-minute semi-final showdown.
 
Ratchanok will take on top seed Li Xuerui of China in today’s final and is highly motivated to become Thailand’s first world champion.Ratchanok Intanon created history by becoming the first Thai woman to make the final of the world meet.
 
Her historic march to the final could not have come at a better time following the ugly brawl involving two of Thailand’s men’s doubles players – Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit – in the final of last month’s Canadian Open. Bodin is serving a two-year ban while Maneepong is suspended for three months by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
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Lin Dan surprised to be in the final (pic)

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Published: 10 August 2013
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 FOUR-time world champion Lin Dan of China expressed surprise after reaching the men’s singles final of the World Championships.

 
Without any high-level competition for a year, Lin Dan gave a solid performance on Saturday to beat surprise semi-finalist Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam 21-17, 21-15 in 49 minutes. Lin Dan is well on course for his fifth world title.
 
It will be Lin Dan’s sixth final appearance in his eighth World Championships. 
 
He was the winner in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. 
 
In fact, he had also beaten Lee Chong Wei in the 2011 final.
 
After pulling off some brilliant moves en route to the victory over Tien Minh, Lin Dan was full of praise for his opponent.
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