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Daren determined to use past knowledge to win Thomas Cup matches (pic)

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Published: 14 February 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: A grim reminder from the past will be the driving force behind Liew Daren’s new determination to come good in the ongoing Thomas Cup qualifying tournament in Macau.

Daren still remembers the painful experience of former international Kuan Beng Hong in the 2006 Thomas Cup.

Then, reserve Beng Hong had to play as the third singles against Denmark in a semi-final tie a day after skipper Wong Choong Hann ruptured his Archilles tendon. Unfortunately nerves got the better of him.Getting it right: Daren Liew has been working on his weak points, physical fitness and mental preparation, as he prepares for the Thomas Cup

A white-faced Beng Hong fared miserably and Malaysia limped out of the Finals with a 2-3 defeat. The youngster never really recovered from that setback and it eventually took a toll on his badminton career.


Chong Wei ready for China backlash (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2012
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LEE Chong Wei has had a dream start to the year but he is mindful of a China backlash in the All England in March where he expects China’s Lin Dan and Chen Long to provide him with a stern test.


Chong Wei beat arch rival Lin Dan to win the Korea Open and then accounted for Chen Long in the semi-final of the Malaysia Open which he won for the eighth time on Sunday.

   The two titles come after a string of defeats Chong Wei suffered at the hands of both players towards the tail end of last year and the Malaysian said his back-to-back titles have boosted his confidence.Lee Chong Wei holding a copy of his autobiography ‘Dare to be a Champion’ beside a cutout of the comic ‘Jejak Libasan Jaguh’ yesterday.  Read more: Chong Wei ready for China backlash - Badminton - New Straits Times

   However, Chong Wei knows Lin Dan too well and expects him to bounce back strongly and he also expects Chen Long to be equally dangerous when trying to stop him from completing a hat-trick in the All England in Birmingham on March 6-11.

   “I have had a good start and winning the Korea Open and Malaysia Open has been a huge boost. However, this doesn’t make me the clear favourite in the All England as I know Lin Dan and Chen Long will try to deny me a hat-trick,” said Chong Wei, the World No 1, during the launch of his autobiography in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.


Chong Wei reminds sceptics he’s still worth a crack at Olympic gold (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2012
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LEE Chong Wei drummed out an emphatic message to the sceptics who do not think he is good for Olympic gold: Write him off at your peril.Lee Chong Wei Won Malaysia Open 2012

The world No. 1 was devastating en route to winning his eighth home title at the Maybank Malaysia Open at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

And he declared his hunger for more after defeating Kenichi Tago of Japan 21-6, 21-13 in a lopsided men’s singles final to notch his easiest win yet in the home series.

Chong Wei basked in the glory after the match. He soaked in the wild celebration at the stadium, acknowledged the support of the adoring fans and even took his time to share his joy with his brother’s baby boy.

With yesterday’s feat, the 29-year-old Chong Wei equalled the record of the late great Wong Peng Soon, who had captured the title eight times in 1940, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953. Chong Wei is determined to make the record all his own with a ninth triumph next year.


Chong Wei Wins 8th Malaysia Open Title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 -- World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei stamped his authority and power in the badminton world after winning the Malaysia Open Super Series at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here, his eighth Malaysia Open title so far.

Thousands of supporters rose to their feet as Chong Wei beat Kenichi Tago of Japan 21-6, 21-13 in 37 minutes.

The victory followed Chong Wei's good run in the new year. Last week at the Korean Open, he beat his long-time rival Lin Dan of China. At the semifinal here, he stopped another Chinese player, Chen Long.

The victory, he said, augured well for his Olympic preparations.


Chong Wei Beats Chen Long To Book Final Berth

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 January 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 - - National badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the men's singles final in the Malaysian Open Super Series badminton championship at the Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, here Saturday.

The world number one singles tamed the world number three, Chen Long from China 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 in 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Chong Wei started well to win the first set, but Chen Long turned more aggressive in the second set to push the game into the decider.

In the third set, however, Chong Wei fought back after trailing 4-8 initially to overcome the Chinese player.

"The spectators at the stadium, who were supporting me all the way, also raised my spirit, probably because I did not want to lose on home ground," he told the media.




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