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Chun Seang upsets Simon to reach final in Vietnam (pic)

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Published: 08 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former national player Tan Chun Seang stunned two-time SEA Games champion Simon Santoso of Indonesia to march into only his second final of the year at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix Gold in Ho Chi Minh City.

Second seed Chun Seang, who is coming out from a long bout of illness, battled for one hour and three minutes to beat 2009 and 2011 SEA Games champion Simon 21-13, 14-21, 21-18 in the semi-finals on Saturday.Tan Chun Seang battled for one hour and three minutes to beat 2009 and 2011 SEA Games champion Simon 21-13, 14-21, 21-18 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Simon, however, has not been selected for this year’s edition in Myanmar due to the lack of good results this year.

The 27-year-old Chun Seang, an independent player under the flagship of Apacs, will take on South Korean Son Wan-ho on Sunday.

The odds are stacked against Chun Seang but he is determined to give the Korean youngster a run for his money and keep alive his hopes of winning his second title this year.

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Chance for surprise gold (pic)

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Published: 06 December 2013
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INDONESIA have been dominating the Sea Games men's doubles since 2003 but outgoing national coach Paulus Firman believes this can be ended in Myanmar next month.

Paulus, who ends his 10-month tenure as the men's doubles coach this week, said Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra and Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Muhammad Ullinuha will find it hard to maintain Indonesia's domination as they are inconsistent.Goh V Shem (left) and Teo Kok Siang have a chance of winning gold at the Sea Games as Indonesia’s Agung Saputra and Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Muhammad Ullinuha have been inconsistent of late.

This, said Paulus, will give Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang and Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han a chance to battle for gold, which was last won by Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah in Vietnam in 2003.

In fact, Indonesia have been almost unbeatable since joining the Sea Games in 1977 where only Razif Sidek-Jalani Sidek in 1985 and Cheah Soon Kit-Yap Kim Hock (1995) made breakthroughs.

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Shuttler Iskandar wants to justify SEA Games selection (pic)

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Published: 06 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: After starting the year on a wrong footing, men’s singles back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is determined to end the season on a right note in Myanmar.

The 19-year-old Iskandar is hoping to come good in his first major tournament – the SEA Games badminton competition from Dec 10-14 in Naypyitaw – although he will be the one least expected to shine in the biennial Games. National singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is determined to make the best of his first major tournament at the Myanmar SEA Games starting Dec 10.

Iskandar, who was involved in a freak motorcycle accident in January that saw him ruled out of competition for 1½-month, will leave for Naypyitaw on Friday with his team-mates. The other men’s singles shuttler is Chong Wei Feng.

Iskandar is happy that he came out of the accident stronger and a more determined player.

“At the start of the year, after the accident, I was quite doubtful about my future as a badminton player. That’s why I cannot believe that I will now be making the trip to my first SEA Games,” said Iskandar.

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Singles shuttler Jing Yi makes quit U-turn

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Published: 06 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi is back in the national team after changing her mind about quitting.

The 22-year-old Jing Yi represented the country at last year’s Olympic Games in London but dropped a bombshell by walking out on the national team two weeks ago.

Yesterday, however, she said that she had withdrawn her resignation letter after meeting with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Monday.

Jing Yi, who went to see the BAM boss in Kelantan, said that a pep talk by Tengku Mahaleel made her change her mind and she now wishes to continue serving the country.

“I was not in a good frame of mind when I decided to leave,” said Jing Yi, who submitted the resignation letter on Nov 22.

“At that time, I felt that my game was going nowhere and I could not contribute anymore.”

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Ex-BAM players Ramdan and Chun Seang reach semi-finals (pic)

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Published: 06 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Two former BAM players, Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Tan Chun Seang, continued to show that they have not lost their touch when they reached the men’s singles semi-finals in the Carlton Irish Open in Dublin and the Vietnam Open Grand Prix Gold in Ho Chi Minh City respectively. Ex-BAM shuttler Misbun Ramdan Misbun reached the semi-final of the Irish Open after beating Emil Holst of Denmark in straight games in the quarter-final on Friday.

On Friday, national champion Ramdan stayed on track for his fourth international title this year after beating Emil Holst of Denmark 21-10, 21-13 in just 29 minutes in the quarter-finals.

He will meet unseeded German Lukas Schmidt in the last four.

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