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Shuttling between fairy tales & Wimbledon of badminton

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Published: 18 October 2013
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With Saina Nehwal repeating Prakash Padukone's feat of winning Denmark Open last year, the Indian has become a popular figure in Copenhagen.

Badminton is a sport which hasn't attracted the attentions of historians and academics. One is not sure why, for this is a sport with a rich and colourful history, and of a similar vintage as tennis or other popular sport.

The lack of historical perspective is the reason that tournaments with pedigree are treated no differently from other tournaments by players. The All England, for instance, is generally seen in India as the Wimbledon of badminton, but players treat it purely as another Premier Superseries event, worth a certain number of ranking points.

No player will gush about the traditions or legacy of the All England - because its traditions and legacy haven't been publicised well enough. Most of the blame must rest upon its organisers, for they haven't done anything to mark it out as a special event. Even in its 100th year, it was conducted like any other modern sporting event.

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Junior shuttler juggling badminton, studies (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Studying on the go will have to do for Ho Yen Mei.

The Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student will be travelling to Bangkok for the World Junior Championships (from Oct 23-Nov 3) and return home to for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations just three days later.

It’s tough being a student and a national shuttler but the 17-year-old clearly relishes the challenge of balancing studies and sport.

Her team-mate and fellow-BJSS student Peck Yen Mei will also be sitting for the SPM examinations.Ho Yen Mei: 'BJSS is sending a mathematics teacher to join us in Bangkok to make sure we are prepared for the subject.'

“I’ve been studying at home for the past few days as it allows me to train with the team and also prepare for SPM,” said Ho.

“BJSS is sending a mathematics teacher to join us in Bangkok to make sure we are prepared for the subject.

“We have top students here and sometimes we will all take time off to have group revisions. We are a very competitive bunch ... not only on the court but also in our studies.

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Relaxed Pengyu spells trouble for Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 3 Du Pengyu is loving the fact that he is currently not competing in China … or anywhere in Asia.

The 25-year-old from Hubei is more relaxed competing away from the limelight back home and as such is enjoying his game a lot more.

The Denmark Open third seed was given a scare by Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen in the first round when he was stretched to three games but finally produced his best in demolishing Holland’s Eric Pang 21-17, 21-11 in the second round on Thursday.Du Pengyu is more relaxed and not feeling any pressure as he is currently not competing in Asia.

The fact that Pengyu is not feeling any pressure and is in a more relaxed mood certainly spells danger for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, as the duo are expected to meet in the semi-finals.

“This is my fourth time competing in the Denmark Open and I love the fact that I’m competing in a stress-free environment,” said Pengyu.

“Back in Asia ... and China, there is so much limelight on us and it is really intense at times.

“Thus I really love the fact that I’m out of the limelight for a change … I can enjoy my game a lot more.

“Even though we are players, we just want to have some personal time to chill and relax with friends too.

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Still early days for Yong-dae and Yeon-seong (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): The Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong combination is not making any impressions yet, but doubles star Tan Boon Heong is not about to be fooled.

Making their debut and seeded eighth at the Denmark Open, Yong-dae-Yeon-seong barely scraped through the first round against home pair Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding, winning in three close games.

That partnership, which is still shaky at best, improved slightly with a 21-19, 21-7 win over another Danish duo Anders Skaarup Rasmussen-Kim Astrup Sorensen in the second round on Thursday.Lee Yong-dae (right) with previous partner Ko Sung-hyun in a file photo. Yong-dae's partnership with Yoo Yeon-seong still looks a bit shaky.

The 26-year-old Boon Heong however believes that it's still too early to judge the Korean pair.

Boon Heong and partner Koo Kien Keat, gave themselves a much-needed confidence boost with yet another solid win over Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Johannes Schoettler.

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Scheduling, dope test irk Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 18 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was less than pleased with the scheduling of the matches in the second round of the Denmark Open.

Chong Wei was scheduled to start his match against local lad Viktor Axelsen at 9pm (Danish time), but because of the long proceedings from the earlier matches, only started his match more than an hour later.Viktor Axelsen in a file photo. He was trounced by Lee Chong Wei 21-11, 21-17 in the Denmark Open second round.

He was also required to do a random dope test after the match which irked him because of the inconvenience of timing.

But Chong Wei did his talking on court as he gave the 19-year-old Axelsen, who stays just a few blocks from the tournament venue, a lesson in badminton with a 21-11, 21-17 win.

“I’m not too happy with the time the matches have been arranged to be honest,” said Chong Wei.

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