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Top seed Lee Chong Wei takes first match at world meet (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Guangzhou: Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei eased his way through the first round of the BWF World Championships, taking just 27 minutes to dismiss his opponent.

The world number one dispatched Ireland`s Scott Evans 21-11, 21-15 at the start of his quest to take the world title for the first time at the tournament in Guangzhou, China.

Lee, 30, has been drawn in the opposite half to arch rival Lin Dan of China, who is widely regarded as the best player ever, and fans are hoping for another classic final between the two badminton titans.Lee Chong Wei Won first Round on World Championship at Guang Zhou

Despite some impressive smashes and delicate touches close to the net, Evans found it hard to make an impression on the agile Malaysian whose lightning reflexes created an almost impenetrable defence.

His speed around the court left the Irish player struggling to keep up with the pace, and Evans soon succumbed to his third defeat out of three meets with the Malaysian.

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Chong Wei and Lin Dan both ready to win (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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There was a face off between four-time world champion Lin Dan of China and world No 1 Lee Chong Wei on the eve of the World Championships at Tianhe Gymnasium.

The “duel” was not on the badminton court though but in a packed press conference attended by all the international media.Face-off: World No.1 Lee Chong Wei (left) and China's four-time world champion Lin Dan during a press conference at the Tianhe Gymnasium.

The tanned looking Lin Dan and a more relaxed Chong Wei did not hide their strong desires to win at the world championships and openly declared “war”.

Lin Dan, did not mince his word and said that his return to the competitive world via the wild card was already a sign of his strong intention of winning.

“I have returned after a year and this shows that I am serious in winning the world title. I have prepared well and my fans will only see the best from me,” said Lin Dan.

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Lin Dan returns in style at badminton worlds (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Badminton superstar Lin Dan moved effortlessly through to the second round of the world championships in China's Guangzhou on Monday, putting in a powerful performance after a year on the sidelines.

The reigning world champion trounced American Sattawat Pongnairat 21-6, 21-9 and although the Chinese player was hardly stretched, the man regarded by many as the sport's best ever player showed flashes of classic play.

Lin stays on course to meet arch rival Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia if both make it to the tournament final after being placed in opposite halves of the draw, as world number one Lee also beat his first round opponent.Lin Dan in action last year before his year out. The badminton superstar moved effortlessly through to the second round of the world championships in China's Guangzhou on Monday, putting in a powerful performance after a year on the sidelines.

"I didn't slow down the pace at any point," Lin said after the match.

"My coach just told me to make sure I got to 21 points and that was my main goal."

Delicate touches at the net, powerful smashes and athleticism around the court belied the fact that this was only the fourth international game for "Super Dan" since taking Olympic gold in London.

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Protect your players, Lin Dan urges national associations (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Last year on Aug 5, Lin Dan of China crushed the hopes of Lee Chong Wei in the final of the London Olympic Games.

Yesterday, on the exact same date, Lin Dan began his quest for his fifth world crown in the World Championships in blistering fashion by packing off Sattawat Pongnairat of United States with a 21-6, 21-9 win in 27 minutes.

When asked whether he remembered the date, the unseeded Lin Dan replied in a jest: “No, I do not remember it, you mean one year has passed by so quickly.”China's Lin Dan had an easy 21-6, 21-9 win over USA's Sattawat Pongnairat.

Earlier, after the brilliant start against an unheralded player, he was in a mood to speak up for the lesser known players.

“All players should have a career in badminton. The focus is so much on the champions – the other players deserve the attention too,” he said.

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Crybaby Jen-hao finally gets it right

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Hsu Jen-hao was crying like a baby when he lost his first round match during a school competition.

A national coach took notice of him – consoled and offered to take him under his wings.

And that opportunity turned Jen-hao into a player full of determination to make a name for himself.

Today, the 21-year-old Taiwanese turned on the power to stun former Indonesia No. 1 Simon Santoso 11-21, 21-14, 22-20 to march into the second round.

His victory has put Simon’s career in jeopardy as the All-Indonesia Badmin-ton Association (PBSI) had told him to shape up or ship out based on his performance in Guangzhou.

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