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Chong Wei skips French Open as it is too close to his wedding (pic)

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Published: 12 October 2012
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not compete in the French Open from Oct 23-28 as it too close to his wedding with Wong Mew Choo early next month.

It is believed that the 29-year-old Chong Wei and former national player Mew Choo will get married on Nov 10-11, thus his pullout from the French meet.

The withdrawals of his close friends and rivals – Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin of China and Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat – from the Paris meet have added credence to the wedding rumours.Gunning for a Danish delight: Lee Chong Wei will compete in the Denmark Open but not the French Open.

Chong Wei, however, will still compete in the Denmark Open, from Oct 16-21. He is the top seed.

Despite the withdrawals of several top stars, the French Open will not be short on quality as Indonesian world No. 5 Simon Santoso has been given top billing, followed by Japan’s Sho Sasaki.

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Taiwan Open GP Gold: Zakry-Fairuzizuan need just 27 minutes to end title drought (pic)

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Published: 08 October 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari showed that they still have much to offer at the highest level after beat­ing Indonesia’s Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Sa­­putra 21-12, 21-14 to win the men’s doubles title in the Taiwan Open GP Gold in Taipei yesterday.

Many had written the pair off since they left the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) fold last year to join KLRC. In only their second final appearance since the Thailand Open in June, Zakry-Fairuzizuan were brilliant from the start against their top seeded opponents and needed just 27 minutes to seal victory.Rising to the occasion: Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (left) and Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif beat Indonesians Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra 21-12, 21-14 in the final.

It was their fourth career title since winning the back-to-back Singapore Open and Indo­ne­sia Open in 2009 and the India Open in 2010.

It was also the experienced Zakry-Fairu­zizuan’s first career title since striking out on their own about a year ago.

Zakry-Fairuzizuan, currently ranked 27th in the world, will certainly be boosted by this result, having crashed out in the first round of four tournaments since the Thailand meet.

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Arif overcomes Tommy for the first time in sixth attempt (pic)

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Published: 05 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: First, it was on Chong Wei Feng. Now another back-up shuttler, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, has stolen the thunder with a stunning win over his nemesis Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Taiwan Open Grand Prix Gold.

The 22-year-old Arif had lost all his five previous matches to Tommy over the last five years but yesterday he turned on the power to beat Tommy, the son of the former world champion Icuk, 21-16, 21-10.

Arif, who trains under Hendra­wan, faces Wei Feng today to assure Malaysia of a place in the men’s singles semi-finals.It's about time for Mohd Arif Abdul Latif to Shine

World No. 30 Wei Feng continued his fine form when he disposed of Lin Yu-hsien of Taiwan 21-16, 20-22, 21-19. He had packed off seventh seed Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia on the opening day.

However, two other aspiring players – Liew Daren and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin – bit the dust.

Daren lost 11-21, 21-16, 14-21 to Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan while Iskandar went down fighting 17-21, 17-21 to Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh.

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Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold 2012: Tien Minh Nguyen trounces Wong Wing Ki in quarter-final contest (pic)

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Published: 05 October 2012
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Tien Minh Nguyen, who is the most decorated shuttler in Vietnam, showed his supremacy on court as he played with tremendous precision in Men’s Singles quarter-final contest and overpowered Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki at the Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold 2012 on Friday, October 5, in Chinese Taipei.

The World Number 13 Tien Minh, who has been positioned at number 2 in Men’s Singles seeding in the tournament, showed his tremendous craft without sparing any mercy to his rival and won the match in a completely controlled and convincing fashion.Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold 2012: Tien Minh Nguyen trounces Wong Wing Ki in quarter-final contest

Second seeded Tien Minh played with precision in his fight against Wing Ki and remained successful in securing his place in the semi-final as he easily ended up the quarter-final contest in straight games with a decent margin in just 28 minutes.

On the contrary, the World Number 22 Wing Ki could not prove his worth in the arena as he failed to match the aggression of his Vietnamese opponent and eventually went down without proving his mettle in the arena.

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Chinese Taipei Open, Men’s Singles, Chinese Taipei, Tien Chen Chou, Hsuan Yi Hsueh, quarter-final, semi-final (pic)

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Published: 05 October 2012
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Chinese Taipei’s impressive shuttler Tien Chen Chou proved his mettle on court as he eased into Men’s Singles semi-final after taming his compatriot Hsuan Yi Hsueh in quarter-final contest at Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold 2012 in Chinese Taipei, on Friday, October 5.

The spirited Tien Chou, who has been showing tremendous performance throughout the tournament, continued putting up stunning performance and toppled Hsuan Yi while taking just 33 minutes on court.Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold: Tien Chen Chou topples Hsuan Yi Hsueh in Men’s Singles quarter-final

Tien Chou was in staggering form as he entertained his home fans by playing to his maximum potential and remained successful in beating his challenger in straight games with a dominating margin on score board.

In the meanwhile, Hsuan Yi tried his best to stretch his winning run but he failed to answer the perfect play of his opponent and also remained struggling throughout the battle. He went down to his in-form team-mate without winning any set.

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