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Lin Dan is the toughest opponent: Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Malaysian World No 1 Lee Chong Wei yesterday said that China's Lin Dan is the toughest opponent he's ever played.

The rivalry between the two players is nothing new, and though their world rankings suggest otherwise (1 & 98) , largely due to an injury suffered by Dan, their head-to-head record of 9-22 exemplifies the Chinese star’s dominance.

“Lin Dan is the toughest opponent I have ever played,” Lee Chong Wei, who arrived in Mumbai yesterday to play for the Mumbai Masters franchise in the inaugural Indian Badminton League, said.Mumbai Masters Lee Chong Wei at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium yesterday.

Speaking about his preparations before facing Dan, he said: “I have played with him so many times, but I prefer to take every match as a new match. I prefer to forget the last match result and move on.” Having won silver in both the 2008 Beijing as well as 2012 London Games, an Olympic gold eludes Wei.

Right now though that’s not on his mind. “Immediately after the IBL, I want to train hard for the China Masters Super Series (10-15 September).

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Indian Badminton League: When Sachin Tendulkar met Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Mumbai: World number one Lee Chong Wei after making his debut in the Indian badminton League interacted with legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday night.

However, the top-ranked Malaysian confessed to have never seen a cricket match in his life but added that he wishes to witness the game one day.

"I just spoke to him (Tendulkar) socially. This is the first time I met him. I am very happy because he came to watch my match and hopefully one day I can see a cricket (match). I have never seen a cricket match," Lee told reporters on Tuesday night.Lee Chong Wei at Indian Badminton League


Lee, who joined Mumbai Masters after missing the team`s first two away ties, eased his way past his compatriot Daren Liew in the first men`s singles. He wrapped up his opening match under 35 minutes as he defeated Liew 21-12, 21-16.

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Thai badminton star sets off to smashing success (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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BANGKOK — Behind the pink braces, pony tail and sweet smile lies a fierce, competitive athlete. It's this side of Ratchanok Inthanon that powers a smash that can send the shuttlecock piercing the air at more than 124 mph.In this Friday, Aug. 16,2013 photo, Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon serves during a training session in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai teenager last week became the youngest-ever world badminton champion, and the first Thai player to win a world title.

The Thai teenager last week became the youngest badminton world champion in history, and the first Thai player to win a world title.

It's the latest in a line of badminton firsts for Ratchanok, who has been playing the sport for almost as long as she can remember.

Born in Thailand's poor northeast in 1995, Ratchanok — known among Thais as "May" — spent her early years next to furnaces in a confectionary factory in Bangkok's western outskirts where her parents worked.

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2013 Indian Badminton League, Day 6: Mumbai Masters vs Krrish Delhi Smashers (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Tine Baun vs Arundhati Panthawane

#Baun leading in the second set 7-3 at the first break.Lee Chong Wei Playing in Indian Badminton League

SET 1

#Baun easily takes the first set 21-11

#Baun is still leading 14-6. Arundhati is proving to be a no match for the Dane.

# Baun is leading 7-2 at the first break of the first set.

#The second match of the day is between Tine Baun of Mumbai Masters and Arundhati Panthawane of Delhi Smashers.

Lee Chong Wei vs Daren Liew

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A visit to World Champion Ratchanok "May" Intanon's badminton school (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Ban Thongyord is not a cooking school. It's a badminton camp – the training home for world's No.2 badminton player Ratchanok "May" Intanon.


A scene of little kids in yellow T-shirts running in excitement to join their class greeted us on our arrival at Ban Thongyord. The name in Thai literally means an egg drop coated in syrup, which is a dessert But Ban Thongyord is not a cooking school. It's a badminton camp – the training home for world's No.2 badminton player Ratchanok "May" Intanon, whose recent world championship win has made her the country's biggest star athlete and a household name.School owner Kamala Thongkorn meets with some of the aspiring badminton players.

"People often think that our school offers a dessert programme. It just happens to be named after our family's dessert business," said former national youth badminton player Kanitsara Ngensrisuk, who helps her mother Kamala Thongkorn, the lady behind May's success to manage the school after her retirement.

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