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Heat’s on Lee in cold Seoul (pic)

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Published: 25 January 2011
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PETALING JAYA: It’s freezing cold in Seoul but world No 1 Lee Chong Wei will be out to keep up a hot run at the US$1.2mil South Korea Open beginning tomorrow.

With the biggest-ever prize money at stake in the history of world badminton, Chong Wei is prepared to deal with the weather, the absence of his coach Misbun Sidek, a very tough draw and tremendous pressure to become the first Malaysian to win three back-to-back titles in a month.Best friends: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia showing off their medals and mock cheques at the Malaysia Open on Sunday.

Chong Wei has bagged the 2010 Super Series Masters Finals (Jan 9) and Malaysia Open (Jan 23) titles to give early warning of another season of dominance in the BWF World Super Series.

He is breaking all kinds of barriers and based on his strong determination, more is expected to come from him as he seeks to become the first Malaysian to become the world and Olympic champion.


Chong Wei checks into semis but showdown with Chinese star is off (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 January 2011
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TOP singles stars Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat were all smiles after checking into the semi-finals of the Proton Malaysia Open in great styles but the no show antics of Lin Dan have left them befuddled.

Yesterday, top seed and six-time home Open champion Chong Wei had to fend off a strong challenge from a gutsy Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam before regaining his momentum to troop home a 21-15, 21-16 winner.

But the passionate home Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei shaking hands with Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh after beating him 21-15, 21-16 in the men’s singles’ hopes to see a semi-final clash between Chong Wei and Lin Dan will not materialise.

The three-time world champion conceded a walkover to Chen Long of China yesterday due to a back injury.

The tournament referee Jane Wheatley of Australia confirmed that a medical test conducted by a Malaysian doctor yesterday certified that Lin Dan was not fit to play.

“Lin Dan was getting ready for today’s play during a morning training session but he suffered a recurrence of an old injury on his left abdominal area,” she said.

“He was advised to forgo the match and take proper rest. It is a pity he will miss the match.”


Chong Wei Retains Malaysia Open Title For Seventh Successive Year

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 January 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 -- National singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei retained the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series title for the seventh successive year after beating Taufik Hidayat from Indonesia 21-8, 21-17.

Chong Wei took only 37 minutes to turn the table against Taufik, much to the delight of Malaysian fans at the Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil here Sunday night.

In the first game, Chong Wei forced Taufik into errors with net play to lead comfortably before clinching the game.

However, in the second game, Taufik, who was trailing 8-18 at one stage managed to claw back into the game and bridged the gap at 17-18 before Chong Wei had the better of him.


Chong crushes Taufik in home win

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 January 2011
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Badminton world number one, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, crushed Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat in straight sets 21-8, 21-17 in the final of the Malaysia Open Super Series at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

The victorious Chong dedicated his victory to the home crowd, some of whom arrived at the stadium five hours before the match.

“I was determined to win the tournament as it is my home title,” said Chong, who flew to South Korea later Sunday for the VICTOR Korea Open, one of five Super Series premier tournaments on the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) calendar.

“I am satisfied with my performance here because I am playing in front of my own fans and I did not want to disappoint them. I hope I can carry on the form from here to Seoul. I have always given my best wherever I go. It will be the same in Korea too,” he was quoted as saying on the BWF’s official website (

Taufik lauded Chong’s performance at the US$400,000 tournament.

“He played well while I had difficulties developing my [game],” Taufik was quoted as saying by Antara news agency after the match. He added that he gave his best at the tournament.


Saina Nehwal: What Dedication Can Do (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 December 2010
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My Mentor: Pullela Gopichand
How long have you known him since? 2004
How did you get in touch with him? He opened the Gopichand Badminton Academy. I was 13 when I joined it.
How has he improved your skills: Improved my strokes, speed and mental fitness. Within a year I was playing international tournaments.
Advice that has stayed with you: Stay focussed and don’t get carried away.

Saina Nehwal is India’s top-ranked badminton player and is World Number 2. She won three Super Series tournaments this year: Singapore, Indonesia and most recently in Hong Kong. She won the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi
In another age, in another life Saina Nehwal would have been a Spartan warrior. Spartans were taught to fight till they died, right from the time they were born. In 480 B.C. a 1,000-strong army of Greeks led by 300 Spartans defended the pass of Thermopylae against a Persian Army that was at least ten times that size.

Nehwal would have fit right in with the best of them. Her dedication to her craft is unrelenting. She began training when she was eight and has been at it for the past 12 years. Her goal in life: An Olympic gold. “I can’t believe I lost the Olympic gold in 2008,” she says, the pain on her face palpable.
Nehwal’s doing everything in her power to get hold of one. She trains for over ten hours a day. She doesn’t have a life outside of badminton. She hardly eats junk food, doesn’t have any friends outside the ones she meets at the Gopichand Badminton Academy where she trains, and doesn’t shop or go out much. “All sportspersons have lived life like that. It takes a lot to be a champion. Sachin [Tendulkar], Roger Federer, all of them have done that,” she says.

Her coach and mentor Pullela Gopichand recounts an incident after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “We were on our way back and Saina was crying. I tried to lighten the mood but it didn’t work. So I told her that we would start practising the next day at 6 a.m. to shock her out if it. I meant it in jest. She looked at me seriously and said, ‘Sir, can we please start at 7 instead of 6?’ I was shocked.”
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