7/3/2014

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Defending Champion and the next prospect of China badminton Chen Long struggles in the opening round of the prestigious and the historical All England Championship 2014 to former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen.  Chen Long who has been labelled by the public, that he’s the only one who can spoiled the number 1 seed and World number 1 Lee Chong Wei’s mission to win his 3rd All England title.

Chen Long has vowed to step up his game in the following round but was faced by a steep challenge from Japan’s Takuma Ueda but managed to pull through a win 21-14, 22-20 in a 52 minutes battle. Chen Long will be facing yet another Dane, Hans Kristian Vittinghus in the quater-finals. Hans Vittinghus is known to be a great fighter and he would run all corners of court. Hans Vitting who just reached the finals of the German Open 2014 last week, certainly would like to continue his gallant run in the international circuit.

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However in the other top half of the draw, Japan’s youngster Kento Momota will be facing Lee Chong Wei in the quater-finals. The 20 year old and former Asian Junior Champion is one of the next generation of players displayed great maturity and experience to disposed England’s old timer Rajiv Ouseph 21-15, 21-10 in 40 minutes.  Kento Momota has been labelled by many, that his game and style is quite similar to the living legend Lin Dan as both are left handed and inherited a superb attacking and face pace styles. Both Kento Momota and Viktor Axelssen were around the same badge and great rivals with Malaysia’s Zulfadli, Soo Teck Zhi and Soong Joo Ven,  but Malaysia’s youngsters were no where to seen in the main draw.

 

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Meanwhile in the mens doubles department, the newly crowned Malaysia Open Super Series Premier 2014 Champion Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem showed that they still have long way to go in the badminton world. Khim Wah and V Shem went down to Denmark’s and number 3 seed Mathias Boe and  Casten Morgensen 21-23, 11-21 in 40 minutes, whom they defeated at the Malaysia Open in January.

It certainly shows that the Malaysia pair is not that stable yet and the Danish pair won the game by experience and great game plan. Mathias Boe and Casten Morgensen stepped up their game this time with better consistency and brilliant attacking game to extract a sweet revenge against Khim Wah and V Shem.

 

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