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    Quote Originally Posted by insaint84 View Post
    120 compared v 200 is a lot diff. So I don't really care about the booking fee. Since im going for the premium. Hope to see lcw in action LIVE before he retires. Not much chances to see him in live action ><
    I understand your position.

    I would love to go too but for the inconsistency in the pricing of the booking fee, I am inclined to stay at home and not make the many trips to SIS.

    Actually I quite like the idea of fixed seating as you do not have to fight for a seat, especially when you are late and know some empty seats have been "choped" for friends who come later and may not be able to make it in the end.

    But you sacrifice the different angles that different locations can offer from different seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    I understand your position.

    I would love to go too but for the inconsistency in the pricing of the booking fee, I am inclined to stay at home and not make the many trips to SIS.

    Actually I quite like the idea of fixed seating as you do not have to fight for a seat, especially when you are late and know some empty seats have been "choped" for friends who come later and may not be able to make it in the end.

    But you sacrifice the different angles that different locations can offer from different seats.
    Ya agree ! I guess this SG open might be full house since they introduce no seats.

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    Default This could be my last S’pore Open: Lee

    Age and risk of injuries mean world No 1 may retire next year



    By Dan Guen Chin

    Published: March 5, 4:04 AM


    SINGAPORE — World No 1 men’s singles badminton player Lee Chong Wei’s much-anticipated appearance at next month’s US$300,000 (S$380,620) OUE Singapore Open, after an absence of three years, could also be his last.

    In an interview with TODAY, the 31-year-old Malaysian, who won the tournament in 2008 and reached the quarter-finals in 2010 — the last time he played in Singapore — revealed he decided to compete this year because with age and the possibility of injuries, he is unsure if he would still be playing next year.

    He explained that his tight schedule had prevented him from making more appearances in Singapore.

    “I have always loved coming to the Singapore Open, but I have not done so for the past three years because of the timing of the tournament,” said Lee, a two-time Olympic silver medallist and two-time All-England champion.

    “The Singapore Open is normally held just before or immediately after the Indonesian Open, which all the world’s top-10 ranked players must take part because it is a Premier Series. Because I have to compete in the Indonesian Open, it meant I had to skip the Singapore Open for the past three years because both competitions were held back to back.

    “But it’s different this year. The Indonesian Open (June 17-22) is not held back to back with the Singapore Open (April 8-13). That means I have the choice of coming to Singapore and I will do it.”

    Lee, who is known for his workrate and reflexes, added: “If I don’t come this year, I might not have the chance again. At my age, and with injuries always a possibility, you can never tell.”

    He was referring to the ruling instituted by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) when the sport’s world governing body introduced the new Super Series in 2011 with 12 stops, with the All-England, Indonesian, China, Denmark and Korea Opens — it was replaced by the Malaysia Open this year — ranked as Premier Series level meets that offer a minimum prize purse of US$500,000.

    The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) confirmed it was a deliberate scheduling of Lee’s tournaments to help prolong his career.

    “Since age is catching up with him, we want to make sure he stays fit and injury-free. Playing too many tournaments is no good for him,” said BAM General Manager Kenny Goh.
    Lee just recovered from an ankle injury suffered two weeks ago, and which nearly jeopardised his participation in this week’s All-England Championships in Birmingham.

    “The Singapore Open has always been a part of my career with all the ups and downs,” said Lee, who was also a losing finalist in 2004.

    “I have many friends, especially in Johor Baru and I am sure they will come and lend me their support when I play in Singapore. So when I received a letter from the sponsors inviting me to take part I accepted.

    OUE Singapore Open organising committee Chairman Ng Yoke Weng said Lee’s confirmation is a major boost for the tournament. He said: “A player of his calibre will always be a crowd puller. His presence will boost the attendance figures.”

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    With the possibility that we might not see LCW again, I have decided to buy a ticket this morning to support him.

    I hope to be able to take shots of him as well as other players, both young and not so young for my badminton album. There are many upcoming players that deserve a place in my album. Players such as World Champ May of Thailand and China's many illustrious players like LXR, WYH et all. And the fresh faces from Europe, Korea and Japan as well.

    Watching at home on TV has many advantages but they usually show the matches from the QF onwards.

    There is no chance to see many other players, especially the young ones, who may be knocked out in the earlier rounds.

    On weekdays, I can go to the stadium after work and still get a good seat as it is reserved only for me.

    Hope to see Bobby there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loh View Post
    with the possibility that we might not see lcw again, i have decided to buy a ticket this morning to support him.

    I hope to be able to take shots of him as well as other players, both young and not so young for my badminton album. There are many upcoming players that will deserve a place in my album. Players such as world champ may of thailand and china's many illustrious players like lxr, wyh et all. And the fresh faces from europe, korea and japan as well.

    Watching at home on tv has many advantages but they usually show the matches from the qf onwards.
    There is no chance to see many other players, especially the young ones, who may be knocked out in the earlier rounds.

    On weekdays, i can go to the stadium after work and still get a good seat as it is reserved only for me.

    Hope to see bobby there as well.
    great ! Thumbs up ~! May the best players win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    With the possibility that we might not see LCW again, I have decided to buy a ticket this morning to support him.

    I hope to be able to take shots of him as well as other players, both young and not so young for my badminton album. There are many upcoming players that deserve a place in my album. Players such as World Champ May of Thailand and China's many illustrious players like LXR, WYH et all. And the fresh faces from Europe, Korea and Japan as well.

    Watching at home on TV has many advantages but they usually show the matches from the QF onwards.

    There is no chance to see many other players, especially the young ones, who may be knocked out in the earlier rounds.

    On weekdays, I can go to the stadium after work and still get a good seat as it is reserved only for me.

    Hope to see Bobby there as well.
    The main reason I am watching on site is to let my boy experience the atmosphere a world class tournament and get up close with his idol, Datok Lee. I am hoping Datok Lee to be in the final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kampungboy View Post
    The main reason I am watching on site is to let my boy experience the atmosphere a world class tournament and get up close with his idol, Datok Lee. I am hoping Datok Lee to be in the final.
    Datuk lee will be in finals, unless injury=x
    My first time to watch him play live ! Cant wait. Usually on TV the movement is slower. Wana see how was it is when its LIVE~!

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    Haha, my fixed seat for the season is Section 210, Row 20 and Seat 3. No need to fight for seats as before.

    Tix must be selling fast as I could not get the section of my choice! Just hope I still have a satisfactory position to snap pictures.

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    Default World champion Ratchanok Inthanon coming for OUE Singapore Open

    Published on Mar 04, 2014
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    By Choo Yun Ting

    World champion badminton player Ratchanok Inthanon will play in next month's OUE Singapore Open.

    The 19-year-old Thai will headline a strong contingent of 20 players from the kingdom that includes two-time Singapore Open winner Boonsak Ponsana (world No.6).

    Ratchanok, currently ranked third in the world, became the youngest-ever singles world champion when she won at World Championships in Guangzhou last year at the age of 18.

    She said: "Last year was a good year for me. I'm looking forward to compete in Singapore and this is also a good opportunity for me to assess our opponents ahead of the Uber Cup in May."

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    Hey guys,

    Am getting my season pass tickets today. Any ideas on which seats would offer a good view, esp for the semi-finals/finals?

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladida321 View Post
    Hey guys,

    Am getting my season pass tickets today. Any ideas on which seats would offer a good view, esp for the semi-finals/finals?

    Cheers,
    The matches for the semifinals and finals should be on Court 2 and 3. If you try to book a seat at block 211 (which I believe is full already), you might be allocated a seat at block 210 or 212.
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...=1#post2200784

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    Some complained that the disadvantage of the fixed seat system is that you can't rush to the seats nearer to the match you want to watch.

    Your idol may be playing in a court quite far away from you and you can't move from your fixed seat.

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    Can anyone confirm if the $Singapore 49.0 cost of tickets I bought is good for 6 days (from April 8-13) because I would only be watching the games from the quarter finals (Friday) until the finals (Sunday). Thanks!

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    Hey cheers for that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sealman View Post
    The matches for the semifinals and finals should be on Court 2 and 3. If you try to book a seat at block 211 (which I believe is full already), you might be allocated a seat at block 210 or 212.
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...=1#post2200784

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwinski View Post
    Can anyone confirm if the $Singapore 49.0 cost of tickets I bought is good for 6 days (from April 8-13) because I would only be watching the games from the quarter finals (Friday) until the finals (Sunday). Thanks!
    Yes the Early Bird Season Ticket is for Tue April 8-13 Sun.

    If you have booked via internet, you should receive a email confirmation from Sports Hub Tix and you need to print out the individual tickets and bring them along for admission. In your case you should have three tickets for Fri, Sat and Sun with you when you come.

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    Default Singapore Open gets All-England boost

    Lee Chong Wei. Photo: Getty Images



    Fans welcome return of world No 1 Lee Chong Wei, who last played here in 2010

    By Adelene Wong
    Published: March 11, 4:13 AM


    SINGAPORE — Badminton’s OUE Singapore Open received a boost on Sunday when players confirmed for next month’s tournament at the Singapore Indoor Stadium (Apr 8-13) won four of the five finals at the prestigious All-England Championships that just concluded.

    Leading the way is men’s World No 1 singles player Lee Chong Wei who will be making his first appearance here since 2010 when he reached the quarter-finals. The Malaysian, 31, who last won here in 2008, defeated China’s Chen Long in Birmingham 21-13, 21-18 to claim the All-England men’s singles title for the third time.

    Other newly-crowned All-England winners who will be entertaining the fans at the 13,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium are World No 1 men’s doubles pair Hendra Setiawan and Mohamad Ahsan of Indonesia, and their mixed doubles compatriots Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad (both pairs are defending their Singapore Open titles).

    Wang Xiaoli, who partnered Yu Yang to the women’s doubles crown in Birmingham, will also be here.

    Event organiser, the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), is expecting a surge in interest with this latest development. Early bird ticket sales are already showing a 40 per cent increase from last year — nearly 1,500 tickets were sold during the early sale period from Feb 17 to March 7, compared with about 800 last year.

    “We believe badminton fans are looking forward to witness the exciting action at the Singapore Indoor Stadium ... especially with the confirmation of Lee Chong Wei. We believe that the ticket sales will increase even further,” said SBA Chief Executive Ronnie Lim, who expects many Malaysians to turn up to support their star player in the week of the Singapore Open.

    “With player registration officially closed for the tournament (Mar 4), fans can definitely anticipate world-class badminton action featuring shuttlers from no fewer than 18 countries, which include Singapore, China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Denmark.”

    One such fan is 25-year-old Syenkai Lui, who has gone for every edition of the Singapore Open since 2007. “I expect this edition to be different from past editions as it already looks more exciting with so many top players in the world coming,” said Lui.

    “The news that Lee confirmed his participation in the tournament, and that it may be his last Singapore Open also made me purchase the tickets immediately.”

    Lui’s friend, Wyman Yeo, 23, has noticed more hype in the social media about the Singapore Open compared to previous years. “News of star players and top badminton nations confirming their entries is everywhere on Facebook, and my friends and I are excited,” he said.

    This year, prices for premium season tickets have been slashed by almost 50 per cent to S$150, from S$280 last year, as Ng Yoke Weng, Organising Chairman of the OUE Singapore Open, commented that he “wants to make sure that the fans get to enjoy the thrills this year”.

    Season ticket holders are also able to keep the same seats for all match days this year as tickets are now sold with seat numbers, unlike previous years when there was free seating

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    Default Potential clashes between world's best at OUE Singapore Open next month

    Published on Mar 26, 2014
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    Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia hits a return to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during their men's singles final match at the Malaysian Open Super Series 2014 badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur January 19, 2014. Indonesian shuttler Tommy Sugiarto will have to get past world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei if he is to defend his trophy at next month's OUE Singapore Open. -- PHOTO: REUTERS


    By May Chen

    Indonesian shuttler Tommy Sugiarto will have to get past world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei if he is to defend his trophy at next month's OUE Singapore Open.

    The world No. 4 was drawn in the same half as the Malaysian, setting up a potential mouthwatering clash in the semi-finals. Said Lee, who will be competing in the event for the first time since 2010: "I will definitely give my very best and aim to reach the final in order not to disappoint my fans."

    Japan's world No. 3 Kenichi Tago could meet Thailand's world No. 6 Boonsak Ponsana. The Thai is a two-time champion at the Singapore Open, having also made the finals on three separate occasions.

    In the women's singles, defending champion Wang Yihan will have to negotiate past world champion Ratchanok Intanon (No. 4) and India's world No. 8 Saina Nehwal in her half, before possibly playing compatriot Li Xuerui (No. 1) in what would be a repeat of last year's final.

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