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Malaysia Open - Kien Keat-Boon Heong survive roller-coaster ride to nail title (pic)

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Published: 25 January 2010
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HOTSHOTS Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong went through a roller coaster ride before nailing the Malaysian Open men’s doubles title at the Putra Stadium here yesterday.Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong with the winning mock cheque after beating China's Guo Zhengdong and Xu Chen in the Malaysian Open Badminton Final at Putra stadium in Bukit Jalil Sunday. The Malaysian pair won 21-15 17-21 21-16.

The top seeds came through some tense moments before prevailing over China’s Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen 21-15, 17-21, 21-16 in a 55-minute final.

It was the second time that the duo won a title when they were ranked as the world No.1 pair. They also pulled off a similar feat at the Denmark Open last year.

Malaysia last won the men’s doubles title in the Malaysian Open through Kien Keat-Boon Heong in 2007. Then they went on to dominate the world doubles game for some time that year. Yesterday, the win did not come easy for the Malaysians with both Kien Keat and Boon Heong experiencing ups and downs in their game.

At times, Kien Keat will be so intelligent at the net and then squander easy points at the front.

 

Malaysia Open - Rexy’s tears expose strained relations with BAM

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 January 2010
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NATIONAL doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky vent out his frustration and exposed a strain in his relationship with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after breaking down in tears following the sensational win of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the Malaysian Open yesterday.

He hugged Kien Keat for a long time on court after the victory and at the press conference later, he broke down.

Although he did not state exactly the reason behind his outburst, it was obvious that Rexy was defending his credibility as the country’s doubles chief coach.

He felt that someone from the BAM had undermined his coaching function.

Between sobs, he said: “No one knows the importance of this win. People do not believe in me. I have given my best to the country as a coach.

 

Malaysia Open - Koo-Tan out to teach China’s No. 2 pair a lesson in the final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 January 2010
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MALAYSIA’S Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have beaten two younger China pairs. Now, they will be out to teach the “big brothers” – Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen – a lesson.

Yesterday, top seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong were given an incrediable fight by China’s young pair of Chai Biao-Zhang Nan before they prevailed 21-19, 16-21, 21-15 to reach the men’s doubles final of the Malaysian Open.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong celebrating after beating China’s Chai Biao-Zhang Nan

They had beaten another young pair Tao Jiaming-Sun Junjie in the second round.

Today, they will take on world No. 7 Guo-Xu Chen, who defeated Indonesians Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan 13-21, 21-13, 21-13 in the other semi-final.

The experienced Chinese pair are the second best in China behind Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, who had skipped the Malaysian Open.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong were happy to reach their second final in four years.

“We have beaten this pair (Chai-Zhang) twice but they showed a lot of improvement in their game today. “They are more experienced after playing quite regularly in international tournaments,” said Boon Heong.

 

Li Mao the mastermind behind rise of Korean women’s singles players

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 January 2010
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FORMER Malaysian coach Li Mao of China is now the mastermind behind the rise of the Korean women’s singles players.

Yesterday, one of his charges Bae Youn-joo made a remarkable comeback after a six-month break from injury to stun top seed Wang Yihan of China 17-21, 21-13, 21-19 in 63 minutes to reach the Malaysian Open final.

It is the second time that South Korea will have a finalist in a Super Series. Just a week ago, youngster Sung Ji-hyun stole the show when she made the final of the Korean Open.

 

Malaysia Open - Eei Hui-Pei Tty end up losers to Ma Jin-Xiaoli for fourth time

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Published: 24 January 2010
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MALAYSIA’S top women’s doubles pair Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty ended up as losers for the fourth time to China’s Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli after losing in the semi-final of the Malaysian Open yesterday.

This time the Malaysians took the Chinese to the distance before bowing out 22-20, 12-21, 17-21 in 62 minutes.

Eei Hui-Pei Tty got the spectators all excited after their fantastic win in the opening game but the stadium fell into silence after a tame 12-21 defeat in the second.

The Chinese took the lead in the decider but the Malaysians did not give up but all their hard work ended in vain as they went down fighting 17-21.

With their defeat, Malaysia’s chase for a women’s doubles title in the home tournament remains elusive after four decades.

There were mixed feelings for Pei Tty yesterday.

 

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