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Dong-keun stepping up to the challenge (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: South Korea were struck a hard blow when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) slapped Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung with a one-year suspension for failing to file their whereabouts which led to missed dope tests.

With the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, in September, it was definitely a big blow.

Especially with Yong-dae being a favourite to deliver a gold medal.Lee Dong-keun in a file photo. He beat Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the first round of the All-England, 17-21, 21-16, 21-16.

 
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Defending champ Chen Long stutter in first round win (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: World No. 2 and defending champion Chen Long is Lee Chong Wei’s biggest threat at the All-England.

And he believes that he is ready to thwart Chong Wei once more ... once he gets his game going.

The 25-year-old Chen Long was nearly sent packing in the first round on a day of upsets after former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen magnificently rose to the challenge.Defending champion Chen Long of China needed three sets to beat Viktor Axelsen in the first round of the All-England badminton championship on Wednesday.

 
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Danish pair hungry for more after scalping defending champs (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Denmark has always been a top men’s doubles nation, with Jens Eriksen-Martin Luudgaard Hansen the more notable stars of the modern game.

The now retired Eriksen-Hansen’s most notable successes are their All-England triumphs in 2004 and 2006. In more recent times, there have been Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, who have consistently challenged for honours at the highest level.aDenmark's Kim Astrup Sorensen (right)-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen pose for a picture after beating All-England defending champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China in the doubles event on Thursday.

 
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All-England: V Shem-Khim Wah sent packing in first round (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Malaysian Open champions Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah learned the hard way that they still have a long to go after crashing out in the first round of the All-England.

The pair who only made the quarter-finals of the German Open last week, were once again brought down to earth by the experience of Danish duo Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, losing 21-23, 11-21 on Wednesday.Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah in a file photo. The pair lost to Danish duo Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 21-23, 11-21 in the first round of the the All-England.

 
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Xuerui hopes to reclaim All-England title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: It was the All-England two years ago when Li Xuerui first burst onto the scene.

Then, only 21 and relatively new to the badminton scene, Xuerui announced her presence on the world stage by claiming the crown after beating compatriot Wang Yihan in straight games.Li Xuerui: 'To come back to the All-England really means a lot to me ... hopefully, I’ll go all the way again.'

That was also Xuerui’s best ever year to date, as she won a total of eight titles – including the Asian championships and the London Olympics gold medal.

Last year proved to be least successful for Xuerui as, despite winning the Superseries Finals, she was bundled out in the first round of the All-England and lost in the final of the World Championships to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon.

 
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