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Badminton: Japan win maiden Thomas Cup title

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NEW DELHI : Japan clinched their first ever Thomas Cup badminton title with a thrilling 3-2 win over Malaysia in the final of the men’s premier team championships in New Delhi on Sunday.

World number 25 Takuma Ueda overcame a spirited resistance from the 66th-ranked Daren Liew before taking the fifth and decisive tie 21-12, 18-21, 21-17 at the Siri Fort complex in the Indian capital.

The Japanese, whose best performance in 12 previous Cup appearances had been a semi-final berth in 2012, ensured the sensational 3-0 rout of five-time defending champions China on Friday did not go to waste.

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Santoso upsets Chong Wei to bag Singapore Open title

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Indonesia's Simon Santoso gestures after beating Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Singapore Open on Sunday. - AFP



SINGAPORE: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a huge blow to his morale after a crushing 15-21, 10-21 loss to qualifier Simon Santoso of Indonesia in a 48-minute men’s singles final of the Singapore Open.

“Simon played so well. I could do nothing to stop him. I don’t mind losing but not by playing a game like this ... there were just so many mistakes,” said top seed Chong Wei after Sunday’s title match.

“I was hoping to turn things around in the second game but he left me quite far behind. I lost focus and could not control the shuttle too.”

The defeat to a rejuvenated Simon – Chong Wei’s first in almost five years – dashed his plan of winning a second Singapore Open title.

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Chong Wei tames Chen Long for Indian Open title

Lee Chong Wei, who beat Chen Long of China in straight sets to win the Indian Open title on Sunday, holds aloft the winner’s trophy. - AFP



NEW DELHI, INDIA : World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei further cemented his status as the king of the Superseries when he nailed his third Indian Open men’s singles title in style.

Yesterday, the 31-year-old Chong Wei showed impressive resilience to beat Chen Long of China 21-13, 21-17 in a 55-minute final that depicted top class badminton from both players.

The New Delhi win put Chong Wei’s record one up on Chen Long, having beaten the latter nine times in their 17 big clashes.

It was also the Malaysian’s third Superseries title this year after pocketing the Malaysian Open (January) and All-England (March). He only missed one after losing to Chen Long in the final of the Korean Open in January.

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Another Chong Wei-Chen Long showdown in India

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Chen Long of China will take on Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Indian Open on Sunday. Their head-to-head stands at 8-all. - AFP


NEW DELHI, INDIA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei battled his way to the men’s singles final to set up a mouth-watering showdown with Chen Long of China at the Indian Open in New Delhi.

Top seed Chong Wei toiled for 72 minutes to overcome Du Pengyu’s ferocious assault to prevail 21-17, 19-21, 21-15 in the semi-finals to keep alive his hopes of winning a third Indian Open title.

Chong Wei could have beaten Pengyu in straight games as he was in a comfortable 15-11 lead in the second game, but the China’s No. 3 shuttler refused to give up. He displayed some great net play and explosive movements to make a remarkable comeback to set up a rubber game.

Chong Wei, however, stepped up his game in the rubber and was never really troubled by Pengyu.

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Chong Wei cruises through to Indian Open semis

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Lee Chong Wei acknowledges the crowd after beating Indian player P. Kashyap in the Indian Open quarter-finals on Friday. - AFP


NEW DELHI, INDIA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei broke the hearts of Indian fans for the third day in a row to reach the men’s singles semi-finals of the Indian Open in New Delhi.

Top seed Chong Wei got off to a slow start but stepped up a gear to snuff out the fire of P. Kashyap, the last Indian man remaining in the tournament, with a 21-15, 21-13 win in 40 minutes on Friday.

Over the last two days, two-time Olympic silver medallist Chong Wei was victorious over Ajay Kumar (first round) and Sourabh Varma (second round) – also in ruthless fashion.

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