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Lee Chong Wei, Thai teen Ratchanok win India Open titles (pic)

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Published: 29 April 2013
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Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia maintained his perfect record against Kenichi Tago, seeing off the challenge of the Japanese player to win the India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi on Sunday.

NEW DELHI - Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia maintained his perfect record against Kenichi Tago, seeing off the challenge of the Japanese player to win the India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi on Sunday.

The Malaysian, ranked number one in the world, needed just over an hour to down a battling Tago 21-15, 18-21, 21-17 for his 13th victory over his opponent in as many matches.Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon displays her winning medal after beating Juliane Schenk of Germany in the women's singles final of the India Open on April 28, 2013

In the women's singles, Thai teenager Ratchanok Intanon claimed her maiden Super Series title with an impressive 22-20, 21-14 victory over second-seeded German Juliane Schenk.

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Rashid happy shuttlers are closing the gap on the Chinese

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Published: 26 April 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: None of Malaysia’s men’s singles shuttlers won at last week’s Asian Badminton Champion-ships (ABC) in Taiwan but national singles coach Rashid Sidek is pleased with their good showing against China’s top players.

And the coach believes that the Malaysian shuttlers are growing in confidence against Chinese players.

Chong Wei Feng defeated Gao Huan before going down fighting to Chen Long 17-21, 15-21 in the semi-finals; Liew Daren gave Du Pengyu a run for his money before losing 24-26, 19-21; and back-up shuttler Goh Soon Huat played with confidence to stretch Chen Long before succumbing 20-22, 18-21.

Rashid feels that the Malaysian shuttlers have closed the gap on their Chinese counterparts.

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2013 India Open: A disgraceful exit for Saina Nehwal from Women’s Singles event (pic)

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Published: 26 April 2013
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Indian badminton queen Saina Nehwal failed to rise and shine in her home events and bid adieu to Yonex Sunrise India Open after losing to Yui Hashimoto on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

This pre quarter-final tussle as staged at the local badminton arena of New Delhi and both contenders remained head-to-head for 62 minutes.

The game kept swinging between them from very first set to the last one as both shuttlers challenged each other while piling up final figures of 21-13, 12-21 and 20-22.2013 India Open: A disgraceful exit for Saina Nehwal from Women’s Singles event

Yui Hashimoto, who was underrated earlier in this event, amazed every one by storming back in second set and then served the notice of her potential in the final game.

On the other hand, the hot favourite Saina looked bit off colour as she struggled against a lower ranked shuttler and finally crashed out of this prestigious tournament.

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2013 India Open: Chong Wei overpowers Kazumasa Sakai in Men’s Singles pre quarter-finals (pic)

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Published: 26 April 2013
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Malaysia’s ace shuttler Lee Chong Wei proved himself superior in the pre quarter-final round of Yonex Sunrise India Open and gained access to the round of eight on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

World Number one Chong Wei locked horns with Kazumasa Sakai of Japan and this encounter concluded in just 33 minutes.

The Malaysian campaigner did not give his lower ranked rival even a single chance to rise and sealed a splendid straight-set win with 21-17 and 21-9 margin.2013 India Open: Chong Wei overpowers Kazumasa Sakai in Men’s Singles pre quarter-finals

He started the beating from very first stroke of the opening game and continued playing with this authoritative approach until the last shot was played.

On the other hand, the Japanese player was no comparison to two-time Olympic silver medallist and he surrendered tamely in both segments of the showdown.

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Parupalli Kashyap moves up to sixth in Badminton World Federation rankings (pic)

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Published: 25 April 2013
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His first-round ouster from the India Open singles event notwithstanding, London Olympics quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap on Thursday moved up one place to a career-best sixth in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.

Kashyap scaled his career-best singles ranking a day after losing his first-round match at the India Open Super Series here to former world number 1 Taufiq Hidayat of Indonesia.Parupalli Kashyap moves up to sixth in Badminton World Federation rankings

Seventeen-year-old P V Sindhu also reached her career-best ranking of 15 in the women's singles rankings while Saina Nehwal retained the number two spot.

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