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Japan Open: Top pair back where it all started (pic)

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Published: 12 September 2007
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By : K.M. Boopathy

THE badminton fraternity first witnessed the potential of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong as world beaters in last year’s Japan Open and the Malaysian pair, presently struggling, can get their act together again and bounce back at the same tournament which begins today in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Last year’s Japan Open was a trial event for Kien Keat-Boon Heong before national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky decided to pair them off permanently and the badminton world soon took notice of their immense talent.

Koo Kien Keat (front) and Tan Boon Heong.


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Japan Open: Chong Wei Through To The Next Round

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 September 2007
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- Top Malaysian men's singles shuttler Chong Wei continued his convincing run after beating compatriot Muhd Hafiz Hashim in the first round of the Japan Open at that Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Wednesday.

Chong Wei, world number three and the fourth seed, took less than 30 minutes to overcome the 2003 All-England champion, Hafiz, 22-20, 21-8.

Japan Open: China's Lin Dan is badminton's man to beat in Japan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 September 2007
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TOKYO: Fresh off a win at the world championships, Lin Dan hopes to defend his title at the Yonex Open Japan and continue China's badminton dominance with less than a year to go before the Beijing Olympics.

World No. 1 Lin defeated Indonesia's Sony Dwi Cuncoro in Kuala Lumpur last month to win his second consecutive men's singles title at the world championships.

Lin, the tournament's top-seeded player, is also the two-time defending champion at the Yonex Open, which starts Wednesday at Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The tournament favorite says he has no trouble getting motivated for the Yonex Open coming off his title in Malaysia.

"With the Beijing Olympics not too far away, it's not hard to motivate yourself," said Lin. "There are a lot of good players here, and all the tournaments from now to the Olympics are important."

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Japan Open: Lin Dan Looks to Stretch Winning Streak at Japan Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 September 2007
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China's reigning men's world No 1 Lin Dan is seeking to stretch his three-year unbeaten-run at the Japan Open this week in Tokyo, a tournament expected to be dominated by the Chinese.

Will Lin Dan make it again in Japan Open 2007?

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Chong Wei sweeps past Hafiz to win Kedah Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 September 2007
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ALOR STAR: National number one Lee Chong Wei proved he is still the king of the local circuit after an embarrassingly easy 21-10, 21-6 win over Hafiz Hashim in the Proton Kedah Open National Circuit Badminton Championships at the KBA Hall here last night. 

The top ranked pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong also put their recent setback in the World Championships behind them to beat second seeds Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah 21-16, 22-20. 

In the men’s singles final, Chong Wei needed just 21 minutes to overcome a lacklustre Hafiz, who could not get his game going at all. 

A combination of misjudgements at the baseline and numerous unforced errors eased the way for the top seed to extend his unbeaten streak in local tournaments to six seasons. He has not lost a match since winning the 2002 National Grand Prix Finals. 

Despite the easy win, world number four Chong Wei chose not to sound too confident over his prospects of playing his compatriot in the opening round of the Japan Open this week.

Easy win: National's player Lee Chong Wei beat Mohd Hafiz Hashim 21-10, 21-6 in the singles final at the Kedah Open in Alor Star on Saturday. – By CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star

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