Jørgensen opens world title bid with win

The Dane looks destined for a match-up with Lee Chong-Wei, who started off with a bang in what might be his best chance to grab elusive world championship.

Jørgensen opens world title bid with win
Jan Ø Jørgensen. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix
Jan Jørgensen, the dangerously improving world number three who should be at his best on home soil, outplayed Maxime Moreels of Belgium 21-15, 21-11 on the opening day of the Badminton World Championship in Copenhagen on Monday.
Two months ago the Dane won his first Super Series title and shortly before that beat Lin Dan, who has six more days as world champion. Jorgensen should meet Lee Chong-Wei in the semis, who began what is almost certainly his best chance of winning the world title with a routine win over Korean opponent Lee Dong Keun
The world number one from Malaysia's 21-11, 21-12 first round win over Lee contained a higher ratio of fast airborne attacks than usual in his superbly well varied game.
It is two months since Chong Wei last competed – a loss to Japan's Kenichi Tago in Indonesia – but there was no lack of match sharpness and no obvious evidence either of his persistent groin injury.
Despite all this the 31-year-old legend declined to agree that this is the best chance of winning the world title that has somehow eluded him.
"I'll try my best, that's all," he said. "I can still feel the injury, but today I was very aggressive and I was happy with my performance."
Chong-Wei was next due to play the winner of Kashyap Parupalli, the former Commonwealth bronze medallist from India, and Dieter Domke, a top 50 German.
Good as he may feel, Chong-Wei won't look beyond that.
He may be wise for in addition to Jørgensen's hot hand, the other seed in his half also played well. Wang Zhengming, the sixth-seeded Chinese player, accounted for Michal Rogalski of Poland 21-15,21-12 and could meet Chong-wei in the quarters.
Earlier Kento Momota, the 20-year-old Japanese player who helped make badminton history at Delhi in May, suffered a dramatic reversal of fortunes when he became the first seeded player to be beaten.
Momota had been a winner in his country's stunning capture of the Thomas Cup world team title, but was unable to capitalise on a lead of a game and 15-11 against Wei Nan, the Hong Kong player he had beaten in Delhi, losing 18-21, 21-18, 21-12.

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Denmark makes racket over ‘match-fixing’ Chinese badminton players

The national association for badminton in Denmark says the sport’s world federation should punish Chinese players for a match at last week’s Fuzhou China Open which has been described as a “farce”.

Denmark makes racket over 'match-fixing' Chinese badminton players
China's Junhui Li, left, and Yuchen Liu, seen here during a different match, lost in the controversial quarter-final in Fuzhou. AP Photo/Aaron Favila/Ritzau Scanpix

Bo Jensen, director of Badminton Denmark, wants the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to take action after seeing footage of a quarter final match in which He Jiting and Ta Qiang defeated Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen in three sets.

“I am giving my support to the criticism. This is cheating, it’s match-fixing and we can’t accept it,” Jensen said to TV2 Sport.

“In our context, this is just as bad as doping, and it must be punished because if it is not, we will damage the sport’s reputation amongst fans and the many sponsors that are making huge investments at the moment,” he added.

Several Danish badminton players are reported to have been present during the match. Doubles pair Mads Pieler Kolding and Mads Conrad-Petersen lodged a complaint with tournament organisers following the match about the way it had been played.

Another player, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, later posted an update on Facebook in which he compared the match to a scandal during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, when eight players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were disqualified for deliberately trying to lose.

“This was a complete farce of a match which made me think of the London Olympics when 4 pairs deliberately tried to lose their matches. I kid you not, it was this bad,” Vittinghus wrote, citing errors in play that “just (don’t) happen at this level”.

“Difficult to get hard evidence, but if you have watched a bare minimum of world class badminton, you’d know what just happened,” he also wrote.

The BWF told TV2 Sport that it would not comment on the issue prior to receiving a report from the tournament’s organisers.

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