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Chinese miss Japan Open as diplomatic row rages

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Published: 20 September 2012
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China has withdrawn its badminton players from this week's Japan Open and a Japanese cycling team has been kicked out of a race in China amid a worsening political crisis over disputed islands.

Yoshio Sekine, vice-chairman of the Japan Badminton Association, confirmed on Sept. 18 that the players from China had pulled out of the tournament.

"Chinese athletes cancelled their appearance in this tournament, which is unfortunate," he said at a Japan Open news conference, without discussing the motives for their withdrawal.

"However, there are still a lot of good athletes in this tournament and I am sure they will put on a good performance."

Another official at the event said that while he had not heard any specific reason for their absence "some sort of political reason could be suspected."

A long-standing dispute over an uninhabited group of islands in the East China Sea -- known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China -- took a fresh twist on Sept. 18 after two Japanese activists landed on one of the islands.

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Chong Wei Feng stamps his mark over Kenichi Tago in Men’s Singles first round at Japan Open 2012 (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2012
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Malaysia’s upcoming shuttler Chong Wei Feng proved his mettle on court in Men’s Singles first round contest and stamped his mark over the home favourite Kenichi Tago at the Yonex Japan Open 2012 at Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, September 19.

It was one of the best battles of the day as the lower ranked Wei Feng gave a spectacular show of aggressive and positive badminton and outplayed the World Number Nine Tago who was seeded at number five in Men’s Singles world placements.Chong Wei Feng stamps his mark over Kenichi Tago in Men’s Singles first round at Japan Open 2012

Wei Feng was in his prime form on court as he played with impressive badminton and defied all odds to overpower Tago in a nail-biting contest in rubber games with a thrilling margin on the score board.

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Once again, China make clean sweep (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2012
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MAKING a sweep of titles is becoming a habit with China who were peerless in the China Masters Super Series in Changzhou yesterday.


China, fresh from dominating badminton in the London Olympics, could have only been stopped in the men's singles by Hu Yun of Hong Kong and Japan's men's doubles Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa, but they faltered.Chen Long beat Hu Yun 21-11, 21-13 to retain the China Masters Super Series singles title.

Chen Long outclassed Hu Yun 21-11, 21-13 to retain his title, while Chai Biao-Zhang Nan, resuming their partnership after almost four years, outplayed top-seeds Hiroyuki-Kenichi 21-18, 21-17 to take the men's doubles crown.

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Japan Open among the last few events for Koo and Tan (pic)

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Published: 14 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Japan Open next week is one that Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will cherish as it’s one of the few tournaments they are likely to play together.

The writing is already on the wall for the pair as a final decision to split them will be officially announced at the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) exco meeting on Wednesday.Heading for a split: Tan Boon Heong (front) and Koo Kien Keat will end their partnership in December.

They are likely to be given a chance to play together in a few more tournaments after the Japan Open but their turbulent seven-year partnership is set to come to an end by December.

The duo, who first paired up in late 2006, have won several major titles, including the 2006 Asian Games gold and the 2007 All-England crown. They also reached the final of the 2010 World Championships but, for the last two years, have struggled with inconsistency.

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Wei Feng’s impatience hindering his progress in national team

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Published: 14 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng is in a hurry to become the country’s dependable star but a lack of patience is spoiling his hope from making a breakthrough in his career.

And the same weakness surfaced yesterday as he went down 21-19, 21-23, 10-21 to former world junior champion Wang Zhengming of China in the second round of the China Masters in Changzhou.

Wei Feng, who had disposed of Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand a day earlier, had looked good to reach the quarter-finals of a Super Series for the second time when he battled to a 21-19 opening game win over world No. 16 Zhengming.

He started off sluggishly in the second game, trailing 6-13. But then showed remarkable fighting spirit to level the score at 17-17 before lapses at crucial moments saw him eventually losing the game and the match.

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