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World No. 1 Wang out of China Open, in tears

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Published: 25 November 2011
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SHANGHAI, Nov. 24  -- World No. 1 Wang Shixian of China burst into tears after being stunned by Thai teenager Inthanon Ratchanok in the women's singles second round of the China Open on Thursday.

Wang, last year's BWF (World Badminton Federation) Superseries Finals champion, blamed her lack of patience for the 18-21, 19-21 defeat at the young Thai's hands.

"I was too impatient on the court today, which led to numerous faults," said Wang, who turned around to wipe tears off her face before being interviewed.

Wang has struggled with her game in recent tournaments.

"I really hope that I can find a way-out as soon as possible," she said. "I need to improve both techniques and mindset."

Meanwhile, Inthanon Ratchanok, who earned her fame as the youngest-ever world junior champion when she won the BWF World Junior Championship title at the age of 14, was elated about her victory.

"I'm very happy because I can beat the No.1 right now. I feel more confident about myself because if this time I can beat China, then I can try to achieve more in the future," the 16-year-old Ratchanok said through an interpreter.

Record-breaking floods have inundated vast areas of Thailand over the past several months. Ratchanok said her home is also in the flood-affected zone.

"I hope my family back in Thailand are happy about my victory," said Ratchanok.

 

China Open Super Series 2011: Seeds Topple On Day 2

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Published: 25 November 2011
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It may have only been a few seeds that crashed out today, but the significance of the names have changed several of the draws appearance. New world number 1 Wang Shixian crashed out as well as Taufik Hidayat in what could be his last tournament as a Super Series seeded player.

Taufik Crashes Out

It has been an all too similar story this year for Hidayat, another early exit from a Super Series but the manner of his defeat as well as the opponent signals a change in the guard of Indonesian badminton. His 21-15, 21-10 loss to Simon Santoso could be the last time Taufik Hidayat is ranked above Santoso, with just two places separating the pair at the start of the week and Santoso’s reward is a quarter final match against Peter Gade, who defeated Du Pengyu in his second round match. Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan both progressed safely into the last 8, as did Chen Long and Chen Jin who now face each other for a place in the semi finals on Saturday.

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China Badminton Open Continues in Shanghai (pic)

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Published: 25 November 2011
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World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is into Friday's quarter-finals at the China Open badminton tournament in Shanghai after an easy win over Japan's Kenichi Tago. China's Chen Long competes at the China Open on November 24th, 2011 in Shanghai, China.

Also through is world number three Lin Dan. He will meet Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen who is currently battling for an Olympic spot.

World number five Chen Jin will meet number two Chen Long in an all-China affair also on Friday.

In the women's event, five of the eight quarter-final spots are taken by Chinese players. Among the highlights, world number three Wang Xin meets qualifier Yao Xue, and number two Wang Yihan faces Bulgaria's Petra Nedelcheva.

 

'Super Dan' coasts to Hong Kong badminton title (pic)

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Published: 20 November 2011
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HONG KONG — Olympic and four-time world champion Lin Dan crushed Chen Jin 21-12, 21-19 in an all-Chinese men's singles final at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, drawing an emphatic line under a recent indifferent spell.

Victory over 2010 world champion Chen in the $250,000 event was just the second Super Series title of the year for third-ranked "Super Dan", the sport's most decorated player, who won his fourth world crown in London in August.Olympic and four-time world champion Lin Dan is currently badminton's most decorated player

Lin, who ended the hopes of Malaysian arch-rival and world number one Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals, proved too strong for Chen in front of a sizeable crowd at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

After a closely fought opening to the match, left-handed Lin won seven consecutive points to seal the first game 21-12. He hit a total of eight smash winners, always looking in control against his fifth-ranked opponent.

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Lin beats Lee in Hong Kong semifinal

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Published: 19 November 2011
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HONG KONG: Chinese Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan beat world number one Lee Chong Wei in straight sets on Saturday to reach the final of the Hong Kong Open.

Lin, a four-time world champion, dominated the match, taking 46 minutes to beat his great rival 21-16, 21-14, and ending the Malaysian's record of reaching the final of every Open tournament he has played this year.

Lee had been many people's favourite to win at the Hong Kong Coliseum following an indifferent recent run by Lin, who has again courted controversy by forfeiting matches against Chinese team-mates through injury or illness.

But Lee could not avenge his heart-breaking world final loss to Lin and in a match between the two dominant players of their generation, it was the Chinese shuttler who was once again on top.

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