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Heartbreak for Thien How-Wee Kiong in China Open (pic)

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Published: 19 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong failed to complete a fairy-tale ending at the China Open in Shanghai on Sunday.

The world No. 11’s hopes of landing their first Super Series title ended in despair as they went down 13-21, 12-21 to South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong in just 33 minutes in the men’s doubles final.

It was a poor performance from the Malaysian No. 2 pair considering they were high in confidence after a good run to the final. They defeated several top pairs, including Denmark’s world No. 3 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong holding the runner-up's mock cheque beside champions Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong after losing the China Open doubles final on Sunday.

On top of that, Thien How-Wee Kiong were victorious over Yong-dae-Yeon-seong in the French Open quarter-finals last month and were expected to win again.

But a bad start yesterday put paid to Thien How-Wee Kiong’s hopes of winning their first-ever title as they never really recovered against the Denmark Open champions.


Malaysian pair banking on lady luck for Finals spot (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong will be banking on the misfortunes of others to sneak into the men’s doubles event at the BWF’s World Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium from Dec 11-15.

Only the top eight pairs qualify for the Finals and Thien How-Wee Kiong are now ranked eighth in the standings. The duo have no chance of improving their standings as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have not entered them for this week’s Hong Kong Open, which is the final leg of the 12-stop Tour.With only the top eight pairs qualifying for the Super Series Finals, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, who are now ranked eighth in the standings, must hope the other pairs below them falter at the Hong Kong Open beginning on Wednesday.

Last week, Thien How-Wee Kiong recorded their best show in the Super Series when they reached the China Open final before losing to Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea. The Malaysians were ranked ninth before competing in the championships.

The seven pairs now ranked ahead of Thien How-Wee Kiong are Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia, South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae, Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China, Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata, Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen and Malaysians Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong. A country can have a maximum of two pairs in the Finals if all of them are in the top-eight bracket.


Malaysian doubles storm into China Open final, Wei Feng exits (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2013
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UALA LUMPUR: World No. 11 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong scored a career first after surging past Cai Yun-Chai Biao to storm into the final of the China Open in Shanghai on Saturday. Thien How-Wee Kiong were in their element as they came up tops, winning 23-21, 21-17 against the Chinese pair.

It is the first Super Series final for the pair who have been playing together for almost two years and they certainly did it in style.Chong Wei Feng seen here in action in the second round of the China Open. He produced his best result of the year by reaching the semi-finals but his Chinese opponent Chen Long proved too strong to overcome, losing in straight sets on Saturday.

Thien How-Wee Kiong, who had already toppled the likes of Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark, and South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol in the earlier rounds, trailed 3-11 in the early stages.

But they mounted an impressive comeback and saved a game point before stealing ahead to nick the first game 23-21.

The Malaysian pair had better control in the second game and never looked back after taking a 16-15 lead.

This win certainly means Thien How-Wee Kiong will qualify for the Super Series Finals hosted by Malaysia next month, and it also avenged their third round defeat to Cai Yun in the World Championships in August.


Mohd Arif captures first career title (pic)

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Published: 19 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif was the only Malaysian who stood tall at the Malaysian International Challenge in Kuching on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Arif was in top form, beating Indonesia’s Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin 21-12, 21-13 in the men’s singles final for his first-ever career title.

The victory has whetted world No. 58 Arif’s appetite. Mohd Arif Abdul Latif wins his first career title at the Malaysian International Challenge after beating Indonesia's Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin in the final in Kuching on Sunday.

“I’m so happy that I finally clinched my first title,” said Arif, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia set-up in August.

“Previously, the best I ever achieved was only the semi-finals. I think this win is considered a breakthrough of sorts for me.

“I’m happy to be striking it out on my own. I hope this win will spur me on to fight for more titles in the future.


Daren's done for the year (pic)

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Published: 19 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Liew Daren will focus on a long rehabilitation programme after pulling out from the Hong Kong Open on the eve of the competition in Kowloon on Tuesday.

Daren suffered a hamstring injury during the China Open and decided that he was still unfit to mount a strong challenge in the Hong Kong Open. He was slated to meet Kenichi Tago of Japan in the first round on Wednesday. National singles shuttler Liew Daren has withdrawn from the Hong Kong Open that begins on Wednesday to fully recover from his foot and hamstring injuries in order to come back stronger for 2014.

Daren, who has no more tournaments for the rest of the year, said that he would seek treatment from the National Sports Institute (NSI) to toughen himself up physically so that he could start afresh next season.

“I was down with foot injury (during the Denmark Open) and then, hamstring. I have enough of injuries. Hopefully, in the next one month I will be able to focus on my rehabilitation programme at NSI,” said Daren, whose world ranking has dropped to 29th spot.




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