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Malaysia Open - Chong Wei blows away Boonsak in just 34 minutes (pic)

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Published: 25 January 2010
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AN overjoyed Lee Chong Wei kissed the Jalur Gemilang on his T-Shirt and it drew the loudest cheer in the packed Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

It was a moment to savour for the world number one Chong Wei when he lifted the Malaysian Open men’s singles title for the sixth time in a most convincing fashion.Lee Chong Wei celebrates after beating Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the Malaysian Open Badminton Final at Putra stadium in Bukit Jalil Sunday.

The win ended his agonising wait for his first back-to-back Open badminton title in his career. He had won the Korean Open last week.

Yesterday, a cool and confident Chong Wei took only 34 minutes to blow away Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand with a 21-13, 21-7 win in one of the most lop-sided finals in the home tournament.

“I have never seen a big crowd like this for the Malaysian Open. My parents were here too to watch me play for the first time in the stadium. I am so happy,” said the 28-year-old Chong Wei.

It was an awesome win for the Malaysian.

He was only troubled briefly in the opening game when Boonsak fended off some fierce attacks to take a 11-10 lead.

Chong Wei came out of the interval transformed and turned the tempo of the game to show the Thai how fast he could be on the court.

With superb speed, he toyed around with Boonsak to take a 9-0 lead in the second.

 

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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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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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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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.

 

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