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Chong Wei is World No 1 again (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2012
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LEE Chong Wei reclaimed his World No 1 spot from nemesis Lin Dan of China after capturing his third Japan Open title in Tokyo yesterday.

But men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were sent packing by South Korean back-up pair Kim Ki Jung-Kim Sa Rang.

Chong Wei secured a 21-18, 21-18 win over Thai veteran Boonsak Ponsana in 41 minutes to add to the titles he won in 2007 and 2010.

However, Kien Keat-Boon Heong were toothless against Ki Jung-Sa Rang as the Malaysians lost 21-16, 21-19 in just 32 minutes. Lee Chong Wei beat Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the final of the Japan Open in Tokyo yesterday. Chong Wei won 21-18, 21-18

Chong Wei was delighted with yesterday's victory after the frustration of losing to Lin Dan in the Olympic final last month.

Lin Dan and his teammates boycotted the Tokyo tournament following a diplomatic row between China and Japan.

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Wei Feng gets his reward (pic)

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Published: 21 September 2012
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CHONG Wei Feng didn't let his good start in the Japan Open go to waste as he set up a quarter-final showdown with Lee Chong Wei in Tokyo yesterday.


Wei Feng, who toppled local favourite Kenichi Tago in the first round, defeated Ajay Jayaram of India 21-16, 21-16 while Chong Wei secured a 21-10, 21-12 victory over Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the second round.Chong Wei Feng returns a shot to India’s Ajay Jayaram in the Japan Open yesterday.

Men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong celebrated their continued existence as a pair by crushing Thailand's Patiphat Chalardchalaem-Nipitphon Puangpuapech 21-8, 21-7 to advance to the last eight.

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Retirement-Ready Taufik Crashes Out of Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 21 September 2012
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Tokyo. Athens Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat's last attempt at winning the Japan Open ended in defeat on Friday, while women's top seed Tine Baun was another surprise quarter-final casualty.

The 31-year-old Hidayat, who has announced he will retire next year, bowed out to his Indonesian teammate Simon Santoso 9-21, 14-21 in Tokyo. He has never won the Japan Open, despite Olympic, world and Asian glory.Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia (R) is congratulated by Akira Koga of Japan during their men's singles second round match at the Japan Open badminton championships in Tokyo on September 20, 2012. Hidayat won 21-11, 21-10

Baun meanwhile, who captured her first major title five years ago in the Japanese capital, crashed to a shock 21-17, 12-21, 18-21 defeat to sixth seed Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand.

There was no such trouble for the men's top seed, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who defeated compatriot Chong Wei Feng 21-15, 21-15 in only 29 minutes to move closer to the title he won in 2007 and 2010.

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BAM's decisions only raise more questions

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Published: 21 September 2012
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THE BA of Malaysia (BAM) is known for being lenient with players but it may have made a grave error in believing men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have what it takes to do well on the international scene, let alone win the World Championships title, in the next 12 months.

President Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh, in justifying the decision not to split the pair, said time and much money had been spent on them and felt that the investment would be repaid by the pair in next August's World Championships.

What Nadzmi missed out on was the fact that the additional funding that will be spent on Kien Keat-Boon Heong could well be utilised on the rising young pairs or on the new combination of Boon Heong-Goh V Shem, who have the potential to strike at the 2016 Olympics.

BAM has bent backwards numerous times to accommodate Kien Keat-Boon Heong, including their request for a change of coach when they fell out with Rexy Mainaky.

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Tien Minh goes straight into the quarter-finals of Open Japan (pic)

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Published: 21 September 2012
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Nguyen Tien Minh continued his journey at the Japan Open Badminton Tournament by the second win over a young player from Malaysia - Daren Liew.

This was the second time in a month Minh faced Liew. Last time, he defeated the Malaysian rival at the Vietnam Open in August. Last year he passed Liew in the tournament at his home.On the morning of September 20, Vietnam’s No. 1 badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh excluded his Malaysian rival Daren Liew in a tough match in round 2 of the Japan Open.

But the victory did not come easily to Tien Minh in his match yesterday. He encountered strong resistance from Daren Liew.

In this battle, Liew had very effective smashes. He had up to 21 points from smashes while Tien Minh had only 13 points from smashes. The smash shots helped Liew to get balance in the second set with the close score 23-21.
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