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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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Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics opens with glittering ceremony

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The 22nd Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

Athletes from 87 nations paraded before 40,000 people in the Fisht Stadium before president Vladimir Putin declared the Games open.

The Olympic flame was lit by Russian former triple gold medallists Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina as fireworks illuminated the night sky.

At a cost of £30bn, the Sochi Games is the most expensive Olympics in history.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks thrash Denver Broncos

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The Seattle Seahawks utterly dominated Super Bowl XLVIII, thrashing a badly misfiring Denver Broncos 43-8.

Marshawn Lynch's one-yard touchdown run and Malcolm Smith's 69-yard interception return helped Seattle into a deserved 22-0 lead at the break.

Percy Harvin returned the second-half kick-off 87 yards for another touchdown to all but end a horribly one-sided affair in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It was the first Super Bowl staged outdoors in a cold-weather state.

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