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Chong Wei turns tables on Lin Dan to regain Swiss Open title (pic)

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Published: 16 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Chong Wei turned the tables on his bitter rival Lin Dan to regain the Swiss Open men’s singles title in Basel yesterday.

After losing to the Chinese superstar in the final of the preceding All-England in Birmingham last week, Chong Wei, who won the Swiss Open title in 2006 and was the runner-up to Lin Dan last year, gave a much better performance to beat the Olympic champion 21-16, 21-16 in 52 minutes.

 Sweet victory: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei (right) posing with Lin Dan of China after their Swiss Open men’s singles final in Basel yesterday. Chong Wei won 21-16, 21-16. — MARKO KUNZ

It was the sixth time in 18 meetings that Chong Wei managed to beat Lin Dan.

His previous win over the Chinese was in the Thomas Cup (world men’s team championship) semi-final tie in Jakarta last May before crashing to tame defeats in the final of the Beijing Olympics, China Open and the All-England.

But yesterday, it was the 27-year-old Chong Wei’s turn to take glory in his fourth consecutive Super Series final appearance this year. He was the champion in the season-opening Malaysian Open and was the runner-up in the Korean Open.

 

Badminton-Lee Chong Wei gets long-awaited revenge over Lin Dan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 March 2009
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LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - Malaysian world number one Lee Chong Wei took his long awaited revenge over world and Olympic Champion Lin Dan with a 21-16 21-16 victory in the final of the Swiss Open Super Series in Basle on Sunday. It was their 15th head to head in individual events, as opposed to team competitions, but lifted Chong Wei only to 4-11 after a frustrating 18-month spell against his big rival. The Malaysian lost last week's All England final in straight games to Lin and before Sunday's victory Chong Wei had succumbed in nine of their last 10 matches in individual tournaments, including last year's Olympic final in Beijing. The women's title went to China's rising force Wang Yihan. The 21-year-old followed up her All England triumph with a 21-17 17-21 21-13 success over compatriot Jiang Yanjiao. The tournament was the fourth of 12 in the year-long Super Series which culminates in the finals in December.
 
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Koo and Tan back as champions too

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: It was sweet revenge for Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong when they beat Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen to win the Swiss Open men’s doubles title in Basel yesterday.

The Malaysian second seeds sent Boe-Mogensen packing in 38 minutes, winning the match 21-14, 21-18 to regain the title they won in 2007. It was also their first Super Series title in Europe in almost two years.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, who won their last Super Series title at the Denmark Open in October 2007, had lost tamely to the current top Danish pair in the quarter-finals of the All-England in Birmingham last week.

The Malaysian duo came into the final with a gallant 23-21, 18-21, 21-14 win over All-England champions Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun of China in the semi-finals on Saturday.

They fought for 56 minutes to earn the title showdown against Boe-Mogensen, who overcame fifth seeds Lee Yong-dae-Shin Baek-choel of South Korea 19-21, 21-19, 21-14.

Winning their first title of the year could see Kien Keat-Boon Heong making their way back among the top four in the world ranking list.

When Kien Keat-Boon Heong last won the Swiss Open title, they were on a hot streak after ending a 25-year men’s doubles title drought for Malaysia at the All-England a week earlier.

Then as a newly-formed pair, they took world badminton by storm and won the gold medal in the Doha Asian Games in December 2006 before claiming the 2007 season-opening Malaysian Open crown as well.

 
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Lee Chong Wei and men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in Swiss Open final.

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 March 2009
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World No 1 Lee Chong Wei avoided a humiliating defeat in the hands of Denmark's Jan Jorgensen but men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong fought gallantly to topple All England champions Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun of China to reach the final of the SWiss Open in Basel last night.

Chong Wei, the top seed, dropped the second game against the unheralded Jorgensen before securing a 21-12, 20-22, 21-9 win in 51 minutes in the semi-finals.

The Malaysian had taken a 13-4 lead in the second game but an over-confident Chong Wei relaxed his grip on the match and shockingly allowed Jorgensen to snatch an unlikely 22-20 win to force the deciding third game.

However, Chong Wei managed to recover in the deciding game to win 21-9 and secure his fourth consecutive final appearance in the Super Series this year.

His fierce rival Lin Dan of China faced no such difficulty as he beat compatriot Chen Jin 21-13, 21-14 in 44 minute to cruise into the final.
Chong Wei cannot afford to slip up against Lin Dan as the in-form Chinese ace will tear the Malaysian apart if he puts up a similar performance in the final tonight.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong finally proved they are made of sterner stuff as they battled to a 23-21, 18-21, 21-14 victory in 56 minutes to reach the final.

The win gave them the chance to end a 17-month drought in the Super Series when they tackle Danish rivals Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in the final today.

Boe-Mogensen were involved in a marathon clash against Lee Yong Dae-Shin Baek Cheol of South Korea before registering a 19-21, 21-19, 21-14 in 71 minutes.

Boe-Mogensen easily defeated Kien Keat-Boon Heong in the quarter-finals of the All England and it will be interesting how the Malaysians psyche themselves up this time.

The fact that 2007 Denmark Open was their last Super Series title will also be an added motivation for Kien Keat-Boon Heong in the final.

Meanwhile, Wang Yihan moved within a match of securing an impressive third back-to-back title after beating compatriot Lu Lan 22-20, 19-21, 21-16 in 64 minutes to reach the final in Basel.
 

BAM's strength is only in numbers (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 March 2009
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CHINA has been dominating the badminton world for several decades but its startling revelation that it has less than 1,000 registered shuttlers is food for thought.Malaysia only have Chong Wei as a world class performer in the men’s singles.

The lack of talent in a country with more than 1 billion population is a scary thought and one wonders where that leaves Malaysia, which only has 26 million to look for talent from.

The Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) revealed the facts during the All England last week, which came before China swept all five titles for the first time while Malaysia's best effort was a runner-up finish by Lee Chong Wei. JULIA WONG

In order to tackle the problem, CBA has planned a professional domestic league and has even cautioned that its top players will only compete in selected Super Series and grand pix events, which will give the Badminton World Federation (BWF) a headache.

But what about the BA of Malaysia's situation?

Although Malaysia's total number is marginally better (see graphic) than China's as there are 1,153 active players ranging from the Under-12 category to senior level.
 
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