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World number 1 end the year with a fashion, when he destroyed younger Indonesia player Tommy Sugiarto in the finals of the BWF Super Series Finals 2013 with a score of 21-10, 21-12. Tommy Sugiarto who appeared a little sluggish and slow probably due to his tough match against Japan’s number 1 Kenichi Tago in the semi finals match up. However, Lee Chong Wei is expected to win this title without much force as his arch rival Lin Dan and Chen Long decided not to participate in this year BWF Super Series Finals 2013.
Here’s Lee Chong Wei’s son Kingston Lee supporting his father!
Mean while, the highlight of the tournament would be mixed doubles and women’s doubles player Christina Pedersen of Denmark. She won the mixed doubles title for the 3rd time with partner Joachim and displayed great fighting spirit and desire to win the title yesterday against the much more reputable Chinese, who are the reigning Olympic Champions and world number 1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei 12-21, 21-19, 21-4. Christina won the mixed doubles titles in 2009 and 2012. In the women’s doubles she won over China’s Ma Jin-Tang Jinhua 21-19, 21-12 yesterday to become the first European pair to win the women’s doubles title.
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Meanwhile in the South East Asia Games, Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo pulled off a stunning win in the women’s doubles event ina hard fought match against Indonesia’s Nitya Krishinda-Greysia Polii 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 in an 85-minute titanic battle. Malaysia had a target of winning 2 golds in the game went short but thankfully Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo brilliant performance saves the blushes of the Malaysia Camp.
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The First day of the final tournament of the year, the grand finale Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur. The tournament started on Wednesday at 12 noon, with the first match of the day Sony Dwi Kuncoro facing his younger team mate Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia. The Olympic bronze medallist Sony Dwi Kuncoro breeze through the first match as he displayed great experience that left Tommy clueless at some point. Sony Dwi Kuncoro won 21-19, 21-10.
The crowd rushed in and packed the stadium when their home super star and world number 1 Dato Lee Chong Wei walks in for his first match of the tournament against China’s younger player Wang Zheng Ming and dominating the first game but was challenged a little in the second game. But Lee Chong live up to expectation and gave the crowd what they want and won the game 21-10, 21-18 in their Group A match.
Another match which kept the crowd cheering after Chong Wei’s match was the match between Malaysia’s number one mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying against the recent Hong Kong Open 2013 winner England’s Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock. Chris and Gabrielle Adcock seems to be dominating the game when they displayed great attacking game especially when Gabrielle stands in front the net and did a brilliant job dominating the front court . The Malaysia just kept fighting and playing themselves into the game, which forced the English pair to make unforced errors and the Malaysian pair won the match in a thriller rubber game 16-21, 21-14, 21-19.
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Professional player Misbun Ramdan who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia in January, has performed significantly well this year as he clinches his 4th international title last Saturday. Misbun Ramdan Misbun is currently under the guidance of his father Misbun Sidek who is a legendary coach and player in Malaysia. Misbun Ramdan has won the Portugese International, Forza Slovenia International and Hellas International in Greece this year.
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However, another independent player who has performed quite well without a coach is Tan Chun Seang, reaching the final Vietnam Open last Sunday and winning the Canada Open a few months back.
These 2 players seems to be performing way better than the players from the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
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Upcoming star of India badminton PV Sindhu who recently won the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2013 last week is on the verge of ruling the badminton world. She has gained so much confidence after winning the Grand Prix Gold and settling a bronze medal at the recent world championship in Guangzhou.
She has never beat the reigning World Champion Ratchanok or Saina Nehwal, but is confident of beating Ratchonak in their next meeting as their last meeting when down the wire in Hon Kong Open last month. PV Sindhu stated in an interview she’ll be a complete player in a year time.
On Sunday in Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2013, Malaysia ranked number 2 Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong won their first ever men’s doubles title. It was a perfect giver for their former coach Paulus Firman who guided them for almost a year. Paulus Firman will be leaving back to his home country this Wednesday due to family problems.
Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong who is the world number 10 and should be climbing up the rankings after this win and seeded 2nd in this tournament pulled of an upset to world number 8 and the number 1 seeeds Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin of Taiwan, winning 21-16, 21-19. I think it’s a great win for Hoon Thien How who was in the national for over a decade and has been changing partner since winning the world junior title in 2004 with Tan Boon Heong.
Another cheer in the tournament would be the young upcoming star in the women’s singles event, 18-year-old starlet P.V. Sindhu in the women’s singles final. She scored a 21-15, 21-12 win over Michelle Li to deny the Canadian
31 years old and world number 1 Lee Chong Wei seems to be to fast and at the another level with former Indonesia number 1 Sony Dwi Kuncoro, winning 21-13, 21-9 in just 34 minutes. Sony Dwi Kuncoro who has suffered from a back injury a few years back has showed a little light that he is back in the game but Lee Chong Wei was just at another level for the former Olympic bronze medallist. Lee Chong Wei claimed his 51st career title and his 34th Super Series title, and is on a roll to finish the year 2013 with a bang! by winning the his 7th title at the Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December.
Meanwhile in the men’s doubles division, the newly combination of Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeong Song is the next Olympic and World Championship medal prospect winning the title 12-21, 21-15, 21-18 in a hard fought match against compatriot and another rising star of Kim Sa Rang and Kim Ki Jun. The young combination of Kim Sa Rang and Kim Ki Jun displayed superb speed and power that leaves Lee Yong Dae and his partner clueless at point, but due to Kim Sa Rang and Kim Ki Jun inexperience which cost them the match in an hour hard fought battle.
Chris Adcock-Gabrielle White of England became the first married couple to win a Super Series event defeated China’s Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin 21-14, 24-22 for their first Super Series title.
Lee Chong Wei schooled Chong Wei Feng in the second round of the Hong Kong Open 2013 after both them disposes India’s future star K. Srikanth 21-18, 21-14 in just 30 minutes and Japan’s No. 2 player Sho Sasaki 21-8, 21-12 in 36 minutes respectively. Sea Games bound Chong Wei Feng still shows that he has a big gap between he and Lee Chong Wei. World number 1 destroyed the 26 years old Chong Wei Feng in just 27 minutes with the score 12-21, 18-21. The 26 years old, so called elite Malaysia badminton player Chong Wei Feng has to definitely stepped up his game is he hopes of taking the gold in the Sea Games.
Despite ranked in the top 16 of world rankings he has showed no significant results in his long 9 years as a national player and been training everyday with world number 1 Lee Chong Wei. Lee Chong Wei has set up a meeting with the new France Open 2013 champion Jan O Jorgensen who is trying with the filled the shoes of Peter Gade who retired from the sport last year.
Daren is out of action for the rest of year
There will be only 2 representative men’s singles players in the Hong Kong Open 2013 from the Malaysian camp. Malaysia number 3, Liew Darren who had just pulled out of the tournament yesterday; which is on the eve of the tournament. Liew Darren will begin his long rehabilitation programme who suffered a hamstring injury at the China Open last week. Liew Darren was tipped to meet top Japan’s player Kenichi Tago. Meanwhile, Lee Chong Wei and Chong Wei Feng will be meeting each other in the second if they managed a win over first round opponents; K. Srikanth of India and Sho Sasaki of Japan respectively.
In the qualifying rounds, newly formed Tan Wee Kiong-Vivian went down 18-21, 17-21 to Tang Chung Man-Ng Wing Yung of Hong Kong in their opening match. However, Chong Wei Feng is being optimistic about winning the gold at the Sea Games 2013 in December. As top players will be competing at the Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur. This is the first Sea Games for Chong Wei Feng after serving 8 years in the national team. The last Malaysian who won the Sea Games would former world number 1 Roslin Hashim in the 2001 edition.
Indonesia have the option of sending Tommy and two-time men singles champion Simon Santoso (2009 and 2011) for the SEA Games while Thailand may have to send some new faces.
Revived Chong Wei ready for battle at the Hong Kong Open 2013
After a string of disappointments, losing the World Championship finals to Lin Dan and the All England in March and the Denmark Open 2013 last month to Chen Long. World number 1 Lee Chong Wei is ready for action after skipping the China Open 2013 last week. Lee Chong Wei had a hectic schedule since the 2012 London Olympics. He has been competing in leagues and non stop internal tournaments and event. Hopefully the 1 week rest would give sufficient time to actually rest and ready to finish the year with a bang!
Lee Chong Wei has not won more than 6 Super Series title in a year since the tournament début in 2007. Lee Chong Wei who skipped the China Open last week due to an old ankle injury which he picked up last year at the Thomas Cup. The 31 years old World number 1, is expecting to clash with young top badminton prospect Chen Long in the final of the Hong Kong Open 2013. Chen Long who is looking good to take over the living legend Lin Dan.
Unlike Chong Wei, his arch rival Lin Dan is currently in semi retired mode since winning the World Championship a couple of months back the fifth time! I think it’s a good to have sufficient time to rest especially at this age! At this age, spending time with family is good for the morale and the mind not to get drained up just like Chong Wei. Just like any top prize fighters in boxing. They only compete once or twice year and still get performed well during match day. That’s because usually when they were younger they compete more and when you go grow older rest is important. Lee Chong Wei should do that and wait for the next Champion to emerged to challenge him and Lin Dan.
Another surprise for the Hong Kong Open 2013 this week, we will see the reigning Olympic and former 4 times World Champion Cai Yun and Fui Hai Feng reuniting back. They had been split up a few months back due to a drop of form since winning the London Olympic Games 2012 last year and had been labelled too old to shoulder the flag. After splitting up the pair and partnering them with younger players hasn’t proved much resistance yet in the badminton world.
Independent player Mohd Arif captures first career title
The Badminton Association of Malaysia has 4 players in 2 events at the final of Malaysia International Challenge 2013 in Kuching, Sarawak. Chooi Kah Ming and Teo Ee Yi in the men’s doubles and Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho in the women’s doubles event. The only player that saves Malaysia from being embarrassed as a host is non other than independent men’s singles shuttler Arif Latif who is currently ranked 4 in the Malaysia. Arif Latif left Badminton Association a few months back to venture the life of an independent player. He has to overcome many obstacles such as training schedule, sparring partners, proper guidance which the national body has. Arif Latif shows that he’s on a roll beating Indonesia’s Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin 21-12, 21-13 in the men’s singles final fairly easy for his first-ever career title. Lets just hope he could sustained and project drive and perseverance for better results in his badminton career.
Indonesia captures 3 of out the 5 events in the Malaysia International Challenge 2013, where as Malaysia and Chinese Taipei captured one each. This is a great sign that Indonesia is rising back to the top after Indonesia living legend took the post as coaching director early this year. Other nations has to be on their toes, especially Malaysia to be a force to be reckoned with once again like dating back 20 to 15 years ago.
In the China Open, Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong hopes of winning their first super series title when to dust. Hoon and Tan were getting badminton lessons, 13-21, 12-21 by newly forged pair of South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong in just 30 minutes. Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong scored their biggest win in the 1st round over former All England Champions and world number 3 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.
Where as, in the other events China took three events, the men’s singles by Chen Long, women’s single by Olympic Champion Li Xei Rui and top seeds XiaoLi Wang and Yang Yi in women’s doubles event. In the mixed doubles, reigning world champions Lilyana Natsir and Ahmad Tontowi of Indonesia showed that winning the World Championship was no fluke, showing their strong mentally like a champion wining over 4th seed Joachim Fischer and Christina Pedersson in a hard fought battle 21-10, 5-21, 21-17 .