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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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On a new high (pic)

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Published: 14 September 2012
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Almost a year ago, Parupalli Kashyap faced the threat of a premature end to his career. He suffered a serious asthma attack on the court in Malaysia. He was unable to comprehend what was happening to him, for he was always very careful with his medication.

Kashyap, however, mustered courage and told himself, “If I can battle out this phase, why not venture to achieve excellence in badminton?”

Within a year’s time, the 25-year-old from Hyderabad became a part of Indian badminton history. At the 2012 London Games, he became the first men’s singles player from the country to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympics.“My immediate target is to break into the top 10 by the year-end,” says Parupalli Kashyap, who is ranked World No. 19.

“Honestly, now I am feeling totally different. It is not that I am overconfident, but now I have a gut feeling that I can beat the best of players if I sustain my level of consistency,” said Kashyap, who had taken a day’s break from his daily training at the Pullela Gopi Chand Academy.

“But again, as Gopi Anna (former All England champion Pullela Gopi Chand) insists, I have to keep working hard and stay focussed. He reminds me that I need not do anything extra. ‘Just be consistent and take it event by event’, he says,” Kashyap said, as his parents (Parupalli Uday Shankar and Subadhra) nodded in approval.

It was a double delight of sorts for Kashyap, who gave the World No. 1, Lee Chong Wei, a torrid time in the quarterfinals of the London Olympics. Soon after returning to India, he was given the prestigious Arjuna Award.

“The Arjuna Award is something special; it means so much. Honestly, I never gave a serious thought to it, for I never thought that my recent Indonesian Open and the Olympics performances would be taken into consideration,” he said.

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Wei Feng stuns Boonsak as other Malaysians fall by the wayside

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Published: 14 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: National back-up shuttler Chong Wei Feng pulled off a stunning win over world No. 26 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the first round of the China Masters in Changzhou.

Wei Feng, however, had to battle back from a game down to beat the Thai 11-21, 21-16, 21-12 to set up a second round meeting against seventh seed Wang Zhengming of China.

It will be interesting to see what the 25-year-old Wei Feng has up his sleeves against the world No. 16 Zhengming, who came out triumphant when the two met in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open in June.

Wei Feng was the only saving grace for Malaysia yesterday as the others – men’s singles players Liew Daren and Mohd Hafiz Hashim and men’s doubles back-up pair Chan Peng Soon-Ong Jian Guo crashed out in the opening round.

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