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A break to recharge batteries

After a long and tiring 2011 and a hectic start to the new year, the world’s best badminton players can finally take a load off and enjoy a mini break before resuming their battle for world supremacy.

Lee Chong Wei (NR jump final Mas)With no OSIM BWF World Superseries tournament scheduled until March 6and only one Grand Prix Gold event in February, the top stars can concentrate on the Thomas and Uber Cup qualifiers while recharging their batteries ahead of the All England and more importantly, the Olympics later in the year.

In the just concluded Maybank Malaysia Open presented by Proton, many of the players admitted to suffering from fatigue.

In a funny way, this is actually a good advertisement for the game as it means there are more than enough tournaments around the world for badminton players to earn a living.

Back to the on court action and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei (above), lived up his world No. 1 status by bagging his second consecutive Superseries tournament with a record equalling eighth men’s singles title at his home event.

He is now on course to emulate his 2010 achievement of winning the opening three Superseries tournaments of the year, but he too said he will be taking a short break to enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations.

“It’s great to have won back-to-back Superseries tournaments and to have beaten my two biggest rivals en route to winning,” said Chong Wei, who beat Lin Dan in the Korea Open final and Chen Long in the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur.

“However, I will not rest on my laurels. I will definitely have to be on my toes as I know the Chinese players will want revenge for their poor start to the year.

“Winning my home tournament for the eighth time is the best Chinese New Year present as the Chinese believe eight is a lucky number. In fact, 2012 is also a lucky number.

“After a tough season last year, I will enjoy this break to recharge my batteries ahead of the coming battles.”

Peter Gade (NR malaysia)Danish veteran Peter Gade (right), who will retire after the London Olympics also hinted he will only play in two to three more tournaments from now till then.

“I think many of the players are feeling the strain as we are all trying to earn as many qualifying points as we can for the Olympics,” said Gade, who was knocked out in the first round in Seoul and second round in Kuala Lumpur.

“The break has come at a perfect time for me personally and also for the rest of the players.

“Sometimes you just need to go away and comeback stronger.”

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