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Clash of the titans - Top shuttlers Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei renew their famous rivarly in gold medal showdown (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 November 2010
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World number one Lee Chong Wei and Chinese superstar Lin Dan on Saturday set up a gold-medal clash at the Asian Games as Wang Shixian won the women’s title in an all-Chinese final. Malaysian Lee came from a game down to defeat China’s world champion Chen Jin 14-21, 21-15, 21-7, while Lin breezed past South Korea’s Park Sung-Hwan 21-14, 21-10.

 

Lee and crowd favourite Lin, who has won world and Olympic titles but never an Asian Games crown, will go head-to-head on Sunday in the final badminton purists wanted to see.Lin Dan (left) and Lee Chong Wei have never won a singles Asian Games gold

“I’m not thinking much about tomorrow’s match,” said Lin. “I’m happy to play against Lee Chong Wei. He’s the best singles player and whoever plays against him will certainly need to go to great lengths.”

Lin, who has been trying to play down expectations he will win gold, added: “I’m not exceptional.” Lin suffered a shock loss to Park at the world championships in Paris in August, but he was unstoppable this time in front of a packed crowd. He pulled Park, who defeated reigning champion Taufik Hidayat in the quarters, all over the court in smashing him 21-14 in the first game.

 

Wang Shixian seizes singles title at Asian Games (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 November 2010
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GUANGZHOU, South China, Nov. 20 -- Chinese "Little Flower" Wang Shixian outpowered Chinese teammate Wang Xin 21-18, 21-15 to grab the badminton singles title at the Asian Games here on Saturday.China's Wang Shixian celebrates her win over compatriot Wang Xin during the badminton women's singles final at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou

It is the second title Wang bagged here after the hosts strolled to the women's team victory for the fourth time in a run.

Shixian took the surprisingly easy win, leading at 7-0, 10-1 in the second set before she nailed the victory.

"I am very happy for my performance here as this is my first Asian Games. It felt so different competing at a quadrennial event," said the 20-year-old. She also beat Wang Xin in 2009 Malaysia Super Series event to lift her first major tournament title.(From L to R) Silver medalist China's Wang Xin, Gold medalist Wang Shixian, bronze medalists Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong of China and Japan's Eriko Hirose pose during the awarding ceremony for the women's singles of badminton at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 20, 2010.

 

Koo-Tan beat Japan pair to move into semis (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2010
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DEFENDING champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong assured Malaysia at least a bronze medal in badminton after storming into the semi-finals of the men’s doubles competition at the Tianhe Gymnasium yesterday.

But Wong Mew Choo’s run ended when she crashed out in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles, losing 20-22, 11-21 to Japanese Eriko Hirose in a gruelling 40-minute match.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong lived dangerously to beat Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata 21-19, 13-21, 21-18 to set up a match today against Indonesian scratch pair Mohd Ahsan-Alven Yulianto for a place in the final.Strong determination: Koo Kien Keat (left) goes down on his knees to retrieve a shot as Tan Boon Heong looks on in the quarter-final match against Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata yesterday. The Malaysians won 21-19, 13-21, 21-18.

The Indonesians ended China’s challenge in the men’s doubles by beating Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen 14-21, 21-19, 21-16.

Earlier, world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng went down 16-21, 12-21 to South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung.

The Koreans will play against former world champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the other semi-final.

Boon Heong was glad that they survived by the skin of their teeth.

 
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Chong Wei relishes chance to take revenge on Boonsak (pic)

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Published: 19 November 2010
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WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will up the tempo when he seeks revenge against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the Guangzhou Asian Games.

Chong Wei will play against the Thai today at the Tianhe Gymnasium for a place in the semi-finals of the men’s singles competition.Steady progress: Lee Chong Wei in action against Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit in the men’s singles round of 16 yesterday. The Malaysian won 17-21, 21- 9, 21-6.

Yesterday, the Malaysian was slow off the blocks against Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit, losing the first game before getting his act together to win 17-21, 21-9, 21-6.

Top seed Chong Wei admitted that at times he was his own worst enemy.

On Saturday, Chong Wei was beaten by the top Thai in the first singles match of the team quarter-final tie, which Malaysia lost 2-3.

Chong Wei was ill that day and, fortunately for him, a break in competition has allowed him to recuperate.

That also explains his lethargic start against Yan Kit yesterday.

 

Shuttler takes her chance with ‘Super Dan’

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2010
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WHILE millionaire superstars such as Liu Xiang and Lin Dan grab the headlines and glory at the Asian Games, it’s easy to forget the hundreds of lesser known athletes in their midst.

Take Nepalese shuttler Sujana Shrestha, the Himalayan country’s number two, who fulfilled her dream when she bumped into Chinese pin-up Lin Dan, widely regarded as the best badminton player of all time.

“I talked to him. Oh, actually it was not talking to him, I asked to take a photo with him,” said Sujana, 22, a journalism student who is doubling up playing at the Games while reporting on it.

“Lin Dan is my idol,” she added.

“He is a great player and a great person,” she was quoted as saying by the China Daily.

Sujana, who was raised in an orphanage, lost heavily in her singles and doubles matches on Tuesday.

“I’m really enjoying my stay here,” she said. I could have done better.”

 
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