Spain’s Marin stuns Li as Chen beats Lee

On September 1, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Greg Eland






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COPENHAGEN: Spain’s Carolina Marin pulled off a monumental upset as she beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui to win the women’s singles title at the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen on Sunday (Aug 31).

But Chen Long restored Chinese pride by winning the men’s singles, inflicting a third successive final defeat on Malaysia’s world number one Lee Chong Wei.

Marin, the 21-year-old ninth seed, recovered from dropping the opening game to the top seed and Olympic champion to complete an incredible 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 victory and earn her country its first ever major title in the sport.

“I don’t have any words … it was a fantastic match,” said Marin. ”She played amazing rallies in the first set and her strokes are so good. My coach told me if I wanted to win I had to fight until the end. I fought to the end, that’s what I did. I feel so excited.”

Asked whether she felt nerves with victory in sight, Marin replied: “Not so much. I wanted to enjoy it in my first final and I did that.”

Li had rarely looked in trouble during her run to the final and she again looked at ease with her terrific stroke play proving too much for the tenacious Marin in the opening game.

However, the Spaniard, reigning European champion, was undeterred and came out positively at the start of the second set as she established an early lead before Li reeled her back in.

This time though Marin responded by taking the attack to her opponent for whom the nerves perhaps began to take hold as Li began to misfire more regularly.

From 15-all Marin upped her standards and carved out three set points at 20-17 before levelling the contest as Li hit wide. The Chinese regrouped in the third game but a cross-court pass moved Marin to within two points of an improbable victory.

Li then drilled long to make it 20-18 in favour of Marin who then fell to the court in delight on the subsequent point as Li planted her shot into the net with the Spaniard becoming the first European women’s world singles champion since Denmark’s Camilla Martin in 1999.

For Li it was yet another agonising defeat after she fell at the final hurdle a year ago on home soil in Guangzhou to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon.

Later, the top-seeded Lee went down 21-19, 21-19 to Chen, the second seeded Chinese player.

Lee held an early lead and looked good up till 9-8. But there were two ominous rallies immediately after that, in which his best manoeuvrings were unable to wear down Chen’s athletic defence.

The final rally of the first game was an outstanding one, and ended with a net shot floating slightly too high by Lee, enabling Chen to put it away.

Nevertheless Lee almost pulled back a six-point deficit in the second game. When it really mattered his deft combinations of net shots, clears and ambushing attacks were not quite robust enough to survive the tenacious defence and sudden fierce smashes of his physically more powerful opponent.

At match point Chen found a perfect tumbling net shot which touched the top of the net before falling over. ”I am not yet the world number one. I will take some rest and get ready for the Asian Games,” said Chen.

Lee felt moved to apologise. ”I am sorry that I didn’t win for my country,” said Lee. “I tried my best but I made too many mistakes. But I shall go on. I shall choose the major tournaments carefully and try to go on to the next Olympics.”

Earlier, China extended their dominance in women’s doubles as Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei claimed the country’s 12th straight gold medal in the event by defeating compatriots Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli 21-19, 21-15.

Meanwhile South Korea struck gold in the men’s doubles as Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-choel, the 12th seeds, beat fellow countrymen Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong 22-20, 21-23, 21-18.

Men’s singles final:
Chen Long (CHN) bt Lee Chong Wei (MAS) 21-19, 21-19

Women’s singles final:
Carolina Marin (ESP) bt Li Xuerui (CHN) 17-21, 21-17, 21-18

Men’s doubles final:
Ko Sung-hyun/Shin Baek-choel (KOR) bt Lee Yong-dae/Yoo Yeon-seong (KOR) 22-20, 21-23, 21-18

Women’s doubles final:
Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) bt Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang (CHN) 21-19, 21-15





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COPENHAGEN – Top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia strolled into the quarter-finals of the men’s singles at the badminton world championships on Thursday as women’s title-holder Ratchanok Intanon suffered a shock loss.

Lee, bidding for an elusive maiden world title after consecutive runner-up finishes, faced little resistance from third-round opponent Scott Evans of Ireland as he raced to a 21-11, 21-12 win.

“I just focussed on myself, taking things easy to prepare for tomorrow (Friday),” said the world number one, who will encounter Chinese sixth seed Wang Zhengming, a 21-15, 21-18 winner over Hong Kong’s Wei Nan, with a place in the last four at stake.
“Tomorrow will be tough. (Wang) has played very well so far, he’s an accomplished player but I will focus on myself.
“I’m still not 100 percent but I hope tomorrow will be better,” added Lee, referring to a persistent groin injury that sidelined him for two months prior to this tournament.
China’s Chen Long, seeded second, progressed with a straightforward 21-12, 21-10 victory over India’s K. Srikanth and will meet South Korean seventh seed Son Wan-ho, who knocked off Danish number two Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-19, 21-12, in the last eight.
Denmark’s 14th seed Viktor Axelsen moved through after beating Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam 21-16, 21-17 with Dutchman Eric Pang also reaching the quarters.
The host country’s main hope Jan O Jorgensen faces unseeded Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan later with fifth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia taking on Hong Kong’s veteran ninth seed Hu Yun.
There was a huge surprise in the women’s draw as defending champion Intanon crashed out in the third round after the 19-year-old succumbed to Japanese 16th seed Minatsu Mitani 8-21, 21-12, 21-18.
“She was quicker and faster in the second game. She made me nervous by defending my smashes so well. I was getting tired after long rallies,” said Intanon, who explained that she had spent five days in hospital prior to the tournament with a temperature that peaked at 39.5 degrees Celsius (103.1 degrees Fahrenheit).
“I couldn’t play at 100 percent just four days after leaving hospital. I was only around 50 percent,” said the 2013 champion.
Mitani’s reward is a quarter-final against Korean fifth seed Sung Ji-hyun, a 21-10, 21-16 winner over Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri.
“After the second game I tried to simply play to my strengths, be patient and move around the court,” said Mitani.
“I didn’t think about strategy I just tried to play my best.”
Earlier world number one Li Xuerui of China blasted away 12th-seeded compatriot Han Li 21-9, 21-17 to march into the last eight before calling out her upcoming opponent, India’s Saina Nehwal.
On Wednesday Saina called for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to reduce the number of entrants per country at international tournaments to curb China’s dominance in the sport.
Top-ranked Li, one of four Chinese representatives in the women’s draw, responded by saying: “Let her beat me first…she still has to face (Chinese players) whether there’s two or three of us.
“Even if an opponent isn’t in the Chinese team of course she can still win. If she’s not strong enough then that’s her own problem.”
Saina, bronze medalist at the London Olympics, overcame a patchy start to claw her way past Japanese 13th seed Sayaka Takahashi 14-21, 21-18, 21-12.
Chinese second seed Wang Shixian also advanced after thrashing Vietnam’s Vu Thi Trang 21-12, 21-7 while Taiwanese eighth seed Tai Tzu-ying ended the run of Canada’s Commonwealth champion Michelle Li with a 21-16, 21-11 win.
India’s P.V. Sindhu, the 2013 bronze medallist, was involved in an enthralling contest as the 11th seed fended off three match points before coming through 19-21, 22-20, 25-23 aging South Korean sixth seed Bae Yeon-ju.  — Agence France-Presse

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COPENHAGEN: Despite tasting some success during the Thomas Cup 2014 in Delhi couple of months ago, the 27 years old Chong Wei Feng still fails step up his game. Chong Wei Feng was drafted into the national team in 2004 and was known to be the most skillful among his batch which includes Tan Chun Seang, Liew Daren and Chong Li Qun.

After emphasizing on physical training during the last couple of years to improve his game and definitely shows in his physical appearance.  What is actually more important is his mental aspect, as far Malaysia badminton is concern.

Chong Wei Feng was struggling and went down fighting to England Rajiv Ouseph 21-17, 22-24, 16-21 in a 65-minute first round battle.


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Source: Times of India

CWG: Michelle Li wins badminton gold, makes history
Michelle Li became the first Canadian to win women’s singles gold at the Commonwealth Games. (AP Photo)
GLASGOW: Michelle Li became the first Canadian to win women’s singles gold at the Commonwealth Games badminton on Sunday as she saw off the challenge of Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour and her passionate home following at the Emirates Arena.

Meanwhile India’s Kashyap Parupalli was a popular winner in the men’s singles final as he beat Derek Wong of Singapore in a three-game classic to win gold.

Li, who had caused a surprise on Saturday by beating top seed PV Sindhu of India, was always in control of the final winning the first game 21-14 before cruising to the second 21-7.

“I think I’ve added a better mental aspect to my game and that’s really helped me in this tournament,” she said.

“This will mean a lot for Canada and it definitely means a lot to me. I’m really happy to have the opportunity to represent my country.

“I’m self-funded but we have a bit of government funding. We still have to put in a bit of our own money though as well as sponsors.

“That was one of the hardest matches in the tournament and I had to focus really hard.

“This will give me confidence to push in the World Championships but I will be going for gold.”

Gilmour admitted her semi-final exertions to beat Tee Jing Yi left her feeling exhausted.

“I gave so much yesterday mentally, and so much concentration that I don’t think I had much left today, but I gave it my all,” she said.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent right mentally out there. “Michelle played just outstandingly today, she was on fire. She was pinpoint accurate and I just couldn’t do anything with it. Maybe on another day I’ll have her but today wasn’t that day.

“I’m very happy with what I have achieved. Obviously it didn’t go quite the way I wanted but we were almost there. This is definitely not the last for me.”

Parupalli’s clash with Wong was a tense affair from the start but the Indian, who was bronze medallist in Delhi, was helped by a noisy support to win the first game 21-14.

Wong came back in the second to win it 21-11 but it was neck and neck in the final game.

Parupalli eventually took it from 19-19 in 61 minutes before ripping off his shirt in one of the most excited celebrations of the Games.

The husband and wife pairing of Chris and Gabrielle Adcock comfortably won the mixed doubles gold medal with a straightforward 21-9, 21-12 victory over English team-mates Chris Langridge and Heather Olver.

“It was pretty much a perfect game today,” said Chris Adcock, who is looking forward to a rest after a gruelling fortnight.

“We will certainly take this medal home with us. Badminton is a huge part of our lives and it is hard to switch off.”



Malaysia has been dominating the badminton event at the Commonwealth games since it’s inception in 1966. Malaysia has been winning at least 3 out of the 5 individual events since 1990. The Commonwealth Games is certainly a breakthrough barrier for most upcoming Malaysia shuttlers. In 1998, you’ll see the rise of one of Malaysian popular star Wong Choong Hann clinching the men’s singles title. Where as, in 2002 the young Hafiz Hashim winning the tittle at a tender age of 18 years old.

It is actually not a big or a major class tournament, compare to a Super Series or a Asian Games tournament where all tops players  around the world competing. But it is certainly a great boost of confidence for younger player if they win the title, the standard of players is pretty decent as you’ll have players from Singapore, India and England which could be a threat.

Hopefully the Malaysian men’s singles players, Chong Wei Feng and Darren Liew would seize this opportunity as their team mate and world number 1 Lee Chong Wei chose to skip this tournament due to a hamstring injury. And it would be great if they could keep the tradition going.



Malaysia’s 10 players squad with their coaches Rosman Razak , Chin Eei Hui and Rashid Sidek posing a group picture yesterday before the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow.

The Malaysian team who arrived a week earlier to get use to the time difference in Scotland, are all in high hopes of dominating the whole badminton events even without their superstar and world number 1 player Lee Chong Wei.

Malaysia is the defending champions in the mixed team event, men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles which they won in the last edition of the games in New Delhi 2010.

For this year squad, most of them are making a debut accept for Chan Peng Soon who will be playing in the men’s doubles and the mixed doubles event.

Chong Wei Feng and Liew Darren has some weight on their shoulders to keep the tradition going. Malaysia has been winning the Men’s singles since 1990.



World number 1 Lee Chong Wei has been struggling with a hamstring injury since the Thomas Cup in May. The pain became unbearable  during last month’s Japan and Indonesia Open, as there was a muscle tear reported by doctors.  Despite the injury, the 31 years old superstar from Malaysia remained optimistic about his chances of participating in the World Championship in August 25th to 31st.

Injuries is no surprise for Lee Chong Wei as he has proved that his mental strength abilities will get the better of his injuries. As a matter of fact, just a couple of months before the London Olympics during the Thomas Cup tie against Denmark. Chong Wei suffered quite  a serious  twisted ankles injury.

He soldier on with the pain and at one point he couldn’t even walked properly due to massive swelling. It was just a week before departing to London. However, even with great obstacles facing the World number 1; Chong Wei managed to reached the finals of the London Olympic Games.

In this year World Championship in Denmark, Chong Wei stood the best chance of becoming Malaysia’s first official “World Champion” as his arch rival and defending champion Lin Dan did not qualified for this year world meet.


It was a happy day for Denmark as they created history by winning the mixed doubles event since 1991 and the first ever men’s singles title at Indonesia Open. Jan O Jorgensen who clinches the men’s singles title has been on form during the past couple of weeks. During the Japan Open 2014 last week, Jan O Jorgensen shocked the world by defeating the living legend Lin Dan at the quarter- final stage 21-19, 13-21, 21-16.

During the semi-finals at the Indonesia Open, Jan O Jorgensen played superbly well against much superior opponent Chen Long of China. He dragged the lanky shuttler all over the court and eventually choked up another surprise win in straight sets 21-1921-18.

Where as in the finals, he met Kenichi Tago who surprised the crowd by demolishing the world number 1 Lee Chong Wei in the semis  21-1615-2121-16  in a hard fought battle.  However  Jan O Jorgensen displayed great focus and determination overcoming  Kenichi Tago 21-18,21-18 in 44 minutes.

With Jan O Jorgensen superb form, it gave Danish supporters timely boost of confidence in their players who will be playing at the World Championship in August hosted by Denmark.

Meanwhile in the mixed doubles, the London Olympics bronze medalist Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pederssen who has been struggling with their form through out this year finally made a break by winning 18-2121-1621-14  against third seeds Ma Jin and Xu Chen of China.


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Malaysia disposed India in the opening round of the Thomas Cup Finals 2014 at New Delhi, India with a quite convincing score of 4-1.  On paper with Malaysia’s weakest team ever assembled, displayed yesterday that they still have a depth in talented and reliable players in the team other than world number 1 Lee Chong Wei.

Malaysia would actually look bad if they lost to the much improved and host India but remain focused and goal driven to actually handle the home crowd support and romped in the win.

After Lee Chong Wei, took the first point against K. Srikanth 21-19, 21-12 for the first point and scratch pair of 2004 World Junior Champions of Tan Boon Heong-Hoo Thien How took the second point with a 21-14, 21-11 win over Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri.

In the 2nd singles, Chong Wei Feng  gave the whole nation a surprise by handling the pressure well to chalked up a win against much reputable opponent P.Kashyap 21-13, 21-6 . P. Kashyap was the London Olympic Games quarter-finalist  and was the favorite to score a point for India, but Chong Wei Feng who was known to have some problems  in dealing with pressure during intense matches, kept his composure and gave Malaysia a 3-0 win over India.

Despite having a 3-0 win, they still the play all 5 matches during the preliminary rounds and 3 matches for the knock out rounds which begin with the quarter-finals.

Malaysia’s fourth point came through by yet another scratch  pair of  Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem  who was looking anxious to sealed the game by dropping the second game, but recovered to score a 21-17, 14-21, 21-14 win over Akshay Dewalkar-Pranaav Jerry Chopra.

A small set-back was from team Captain Liew Daren, who was looking a little nervous and went down fighting R.M.V. Gurusaidutt 21-18, 13-21, 19-21 in the 3rd singles.

Malaysia at the hotel lobby getting ready to go the stadium for their battle against Germany today.




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Malaysia last won the Thomas Cup in 1992, it has been 22 years since Malaysia tasted glory in the most prestigious men’s team event in badminton. The last team who brought back the cup were legendary players like Foo Kok Keong, Cheah Soon Kit, Soo Beng Kiang and the Sidek brothers; Jalani, Razif, Rashid and Rahman Sidek.

Considered by many badminton fans as the golden boys of Malaysia badminton in that golden era. Now in their late 40′s and early 50′s, they are still famous celebrities in the local arena. Parents of younger generation still talk the tales of these legendary warriors of Malaysia.

The 1992 team, went to Jakarta, Indonesia to defend their title in 1994 but fell short in the finals battling with Indonesia. Malaysia team came close in winning it again in 1998(Hong Kong) and 2002 (Guangzhou) but fell short again to Indonesia in finals.

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However in the 2014 edition, on paper Malaysia has the weakest team ever assembled in history of Malaysia badminton. Besides Lee Chong Wei who is the world number 1 and most stable player, the rest of the team are unstable mentally. We see the likes of other countries like Korea, Indonesia, China, Japan to be a major threat or perhaps India.

For instance the Koreans, they are strong mentally and have great depths in their men’s doubles even without their star player Lee Yong Dae. Malaysia’s Liew Darren who has been selected as team captain has been dropping in his form lately and injuries.

Meanwhile, the recent Malaysia Open Super Series 2014 Champion Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem are having problems to deal with lower rank pairs and still having problems with their serves.

Just on mental aspects, other countries like Indonesia, China, Korea, Japan are mentally stronger and tougher than players we have now. Malaysia’s second singles Chong Wei Feng always cracked under pressure and he can give away 10 points in row due to unforced errors.

Anyways, Malaysia has just started their 10 days centralized training camp behind closed doors headed by Rashid Sidek. Medias and the public are restricted to get in the training hall. Perhaps the team has something up their sleeves or we could expect the same results in the 2012 edition in Wuhan or even worse.

The strongest nations around the world will begin their battle from 18-25 May 2014 in New Delhi.



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