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Thien How-Wee Kiong within reach of Super Series spot (pic)

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Published: 13 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong know that they just need to push themselves the extra mile in the China Open in order to secure a place in the Super Series Final from Dec 11-15 in Kuala Lumpur.

Thien How-Wee Kiong who are currently ranked No. 12 in the world are also ninth in the Super Series standings following a surprising semi-final appearance at the French Open last month.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The pair may still qualify for the Super Series Final depending on how well they do in the China Open.

With the second ranked pair in the Super Series list – South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae no longer playing together, Thien How-Wee Kiong are almost assured of their place in the Final as 10th ranked pair Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda of Japan do not qualify because the Japanese already have two pairs in the top eight.

But getting to the China Open final will not be easy as Thien How-Wee Kiong will face world No. 3 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark – a pair they have never met before – in the first round in Shanghai on Wednesday.

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China Open: Daren beats Jorgensen to advance (pic)

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Published: 13 November 2013
Written by Hits: 714

PETALING JAYA: Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng both stepped up to storm into the second round of the China Open at Shanghai on Wednesday.

Daren who has recovered from a foot injury which saw him lose in the first round of the Denmark and French Opens last month, was sensational in beating seventh seed Jan O Jorgensen 21-17, 21-12.Liew Daren in a file photo. He advanced to the second round of the China Open after beating Denmark Open champ Jan O Jorgensen 21-17, 21-12 in just 33 minutes.

The 26-year-old Daren who has slipped down to No. 29 in the world rankings following his poor Europe showing was at his best as he continuously made world No. 6 Jorgensen frustrated.

The KL-born shuttler who has a 2-1 prior record against the Dane coolly held his nerve to seal his ticket into the next round in just 33 minutes.

It was an impressive comeback for Daren as Jorgensen was riding high on confidence following his French Open success while the Malaysian had to suffer the ignominy of being dropped for the Naypyitaw SEA Games next month.

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Hyun-il leads Korean sweep in home meet (pic)

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Published: 11 November 2013
Written by Hits: 653

PETALING JAYA: Veteran Lee Hyun-il showed he’s still South Korea’s No. 1 men’s singles player as he led a home clean sweep at the Korean Open Grand Prix Gold badminton championships on Sunday.

The 33-year-old shuttler eased past compatriot Hong Ji-hoon 21-18, 21-12 in the singles final in Seoul to record his first title since winning the same tournament two years ago. The former world No. 1 was in his element despite being semi-retired since the London Olympics last year.Old is gold. Lee Hyun-il of South Korea shows he's still got it by clinching the Korean Open GP Gold title after beating compatriot Hong Ji-hoon in the men's singles final on Sunday.

In the men’s doubles, Korea’s world No.7 Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang denied compatriots Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol, playing in only their third tournament, their first international title with a hard-fought 21-15, 18-21, 25-23 win.

The other three titles won by the Koreans are the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.


Wei Feng looking for ‘closure’ in China Open (pic)

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Published: 11 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No.17 Chong Wei Feng believes he has learned from his mistakes at the Denmark and French Opens last month as he prepares for the China Open which starts in Shanghai on Tuesday.

In Denmark, Wei Feng let slip the opportunity despite winning the first game as he went down fighting to Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.Chong Wei Feng wants to make amends at the China Open beginning this Tuesday after suffering early exits at the Denmark and French Opens last month.

A week later in Paris, Wei Feng again fell to a three-game defeat, this time to Japan’s Sho Sasaki in the first round.

The Kedahan believes the defeats are a good lesson for him and it will certainly benefit him, especially since he’ll face the on-form Tanongsak once more in the first round.

Wei Feng will also have another shot at Sasaki as well as he has been drawn against the veteran Japanese in the first round of the Hong Kong Open from Nov 19-24.

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Hyun-il cruises into Korean GP final

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Published: 11 November 2013
Written by Hits: 611

PETALING JAYA: Former world No. 1 Lee Hyun-il proved that he has not lost his touch by storming into the men’s singles final of the Korean Open Grand Prix Gold in Seoul on Saturday.

The 33-year-old Korean, who is now semi-retired, was in his element as he cruised to a 21-18, 21-17 win over China’s Tian Houwei in the semi-finals.

Hyun-il will face compatriot Hong Ji-hoon, once touted to be his understudy, for the title on Sunday.

Ji-hoon, the 2006 world junior champion, overcame another Korean, Soo Hwang-jong, 21-16, 22-24, 21-16 in the other semi-final.

Hosts South Korea are guaranteed of all the five titles at stake as the other four events – men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles – are also all-Korean affairs.




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