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The badminton DNA in Kingston (pic)

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Published: 23 April 2013
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LEGACY: Will Chong Wei's son rise to the summit of the sport?

GENETICISTS and sports fans alike are excited. The king of badminton has married the queen of badminton and now they have a son.

Will Kingston Lee, the son of Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Datin Wong Mew Choo, who was born on April 12, grow up to rule the court? Will Lee Junior be a chip off the old block with badminton written all over his DNA, so to speak?Kingston Lee, the son of badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei, with his mother, Datin Wong Mew Choo.  Read more: The badminton DNA in Kingston

Kingston's lineage is awesome. While his father is the world ranked No. 1 player and twice Olympic silver medallist, his mother's track record is also remarkable.

Mew Choo was Malaysia's most successful female player in recent years, earning a World No. 7 ranking, and winning many international titles, including the 2003 Sea Games gold. She had also beaten some of China's top players, a feat no other Malaysian female players could match.

If it is all in the genes, as most people would like to think so, then Kingston has what it takes to be a future champion. Of course, much will depend on how Chong Wei brings up his son.

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Rape cases in Delhi scare badminton star Saina Nehwal (pic)

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Published: 22 April 2013
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The world star said in a statement that she is scared to walk alone in Delhi's streets. The London Olympic bronze medalist is expected to play in the Indian Open later this week.

Delhi's increasing reputation as an unsafe city is inviting some criticism from the sporting community as well. The spate of rape cases and the inability of the administration to provide safety to women of all ages is now scaring a 'world' citizen like Saina Nehwal.The world star said in a statement that she is scared to walk alone in Delhi's streets. The London Olympic bronze medalist is expected to play in the Indian Open later this week.

The London Olympics bronze medalist is scheduled to play the Indian Open Grand Prix badminton championship in Delhi later this week and it's a (unhappy) coincidence that last time she was in the Capital for the same tournament, the city was grappling with a rape case.

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Chong Wei decides to play in New Delhi after all

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Published: 22 April 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei will compete in the India Open, which begins in New Delhi tomorrow, after all.

The 30-year-old Chong Wei, who became a father on April 12, faces Ireland’s Scott Evans in the first round.

Chong Wei is expected to reach the final where he is tipped to meet Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro.

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Finally, Pengyu lands the big one with ABC title (pic)

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Published: 22 April 2013
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TAIPEI: World No. 3 Du Pengyu of China finally won his first-ever career title after he stunned compatriot Chen Long in the men’s singles final of the Asian Badminton Championships yesterday.

Pengyu, the second seed, required only 40 minutes to beat All-England champion and top seed Chen Long 21-17, 21-19.Du Pengyu

“I’m happy to win my first-ever title, but I still need to work hard and keep on improving,” said the 25-year-old Pengyu, who previously lost all his seven finals.

China were also victorious in the women’s singles through Wang Yihan, who downed Li Xuerui 21-15, 21-13 in an all-Chinese final.

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Former world champ Chen Jin retires (pic)

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Published: 19 April 2013
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BEIJING: Former world badminton men’s singles champion Chen Jin has called it a day after a decade-long career.

The 27-year-old is now an assistant women’s singles coach of the Chinese national team.

It is learnt that he handed in his letter notifying the team of his retirement at the end of last month.Chen Jin

The team approved it and roped him in to help out the women’s singles coaching department, which has been short-staffed since Zhang Ning went on maternity leave.

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