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China dominates at Korea Open

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Published: 18 January 2010
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SEOUL – China swept up three gold medals on the final day of the Korea Open badminton championship on Sunday, while the host nation managed a gold and a silver.
In the women's singles final, China's Wang Shixian edged Korean Sung Ji-Hyun 21-10, 25-23 in a battle of unseeded players.
Sung had become a crowd favorite after upsetting number one seed Tine Rasmussen in the second round.
In the women's doubles, top-seeded duo Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei overcame the second seeded pair Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiwa of Japan, 21-16, 21-15.
He Hanbin and Yu Yang gave China the third gold of the day, as they beat compatriots Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen in the mixed doubles finals.
Top seeded man Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia claimed the men's singles title over the second seed Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark.
South Korea got its only gold in the men's doubles. Number one seed Jung Jae-Sung and Lee Yong-Dae needed three sets to get past Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China.
It was the Korean duo's fifth consecutive international title, and their first Korea Open in two years.
The victory was also a personal redemption of sorts for Lee, the Olympic gold medalist in mixed doubles. He and his gold medal-winning partner Lee Hyo-Jung were eliminated in the first round of the mixed doubles at this tournament. Lee Yong-Dae battled right elbow pains all week.
 

 
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Tan Fook to wed ex-China shuttler Jiewen (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 January 2010
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GUANGZHOU (China): Veteran doubles badminton player Choong Tan Fook is tying the knot with long-time girlfriend Zhang Jiewen of China.

The former top Malaysian men’s doubles shuttler has been staying in Guangzhou with Jiewen and her family and will be heading back to Malaysia Jan 2010 to register their marriage.Getting hitched: Choong Tan Fook (right) and Zhang Jiewen will be returning to Malaysia next month to register their marriage.

“We will not move back to Malaysia. I think it is better to stay in Guangzhou as she needs to be close to her parents,” he said during the just-concluded China Badminton League (CBL) held here.

 
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Minh battles through to quarters in Seoul (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2010
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Viet Nam's Nguyen Tien Minh made hard work of his quarter-final match against Du Pengy of China in the Victor Korea Open Super Series yesterday, January 14, in Seoul.Nguyen Tien Minh

Sixth-seeded Minh eventually won 25-23, 15-21, 21-19 in an gruelling 80-minute match that may adversely affect his performance in the next round.

Minh, who is ranked 11 in the world, said that although the Chinese player had a lower IBF rating, he was used to regularly playing the best in the world.

"Although I am ranked higher than him it is difficult to say that I am that much better because Chinese players such as Du and Chem Long usually practise with world top seeds Lin Dan, Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai, so they are very good."

 
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Korean Open - Chong Wei carries Malaysian hopes

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 January 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It looks like it is going to be the same old story for Malaysia in the men’s singles department this year after Lee Chong Wei was left alone to carry the country’s challenge after the second round matches in the Korean Open in Seoul yesterday.

The world No. 1 continued to be the only reliable singles player in the national team.

He defeated Germany’s Marc Zwiebler 21-18, 21-8 in 37 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.

Kuan Beng Hong was shown the exit, losing 15-21, 14-21 in 37 minutes to South Korean Park Sung-hwan.

The challenges of all the national back-up singles shuttlers – Liew Daren, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Chong Wei Feng and Tan Chun Seang – ended in either the qualifying tournament or the first round.

 
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BAM plan to up appeal of local tournaments

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Published: 15 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are finally looking into ways to popularise their domestic badminton competitions to prevent them from becoming stale affairs.

And the Badminton Asso­ciation of Malaysia (BAM) have given themselves a one-year deadline to come up with something more appealing.

The events committee, led by Datuk Al-Amin Majid, have the task to get feedback from experts to review the incentives and to bring back excitement in local tournaments in 2012.

The BAM general manager, Kenny Goh , said that it was time to make local events appealing to the players and the public.

 
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