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The Goh-ing is good for Soon Huat in India (pic)

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Published: 21 January 2014
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PETALING JAYA: A fit and healthy Goh Soon Huat rose to the occasion to pull off an upset and move into the third round of the India Open GP Gold in Lucknow.

The 24-year-old Soon Huat, playing in only his second tournament since collapsing with illness during the Indonesian Open GP Gold last September, was on song as he overcame fifth seed Brice Leverdez of France 21-17, 21-18 on Wednesday.Malaysia's Goh Soon Huat pulled off an upset and move into the third round of the India Open GP Gold after beating Brice Leverdez of France 21-17, 21-18 on Wednesday.

It was a massive boost for Soon Huat, who is currently ranked 106th in the world, as he showed that he is slowly getting back to his feet with an impressive win over world No. 35 Leverdez.

The Malacca shuttler, who achieved a career best by making the final of the Malaysian Open GP Gold last year, will face local ace Aditya Prakash for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Vivian-Khe Wei want to make amends at India Open (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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PETALING JAYA: SEA Games women’s doubles champions Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei had an underwhelming start to the year, losing in the first round of the Malaysian Open last week.

Hopes were high on Vivian-Khe Wei to step up their performances after winning Malaysia’s first gold in badminton at the SEA Games since 2009 when they defeated the higher ranked Nitya Krishinda Maheshwari-Greysia Polii of Indonesia in Myanmar.National doubles players Vivian Hoo (left) and Woon Khe Wei, who lost in the first round of the Malaysian Open last week, will be looking to bounce back at the India Open starting on Wednesday.

But their deficiencies were severely exposed by a new combination from China – Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting.

Now, the world No. 20 Malaysian pair are seeking to make amends when they compete in the India Open GP Gold, which starts on Wednesday at Lucknow.

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Now the hard work begins for Malaysian doubles (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Malaysia used to be a force to be reckoned with in the men’s doubles, and in the past few years the hope of seeing those glory days again became dim.

However, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem’s performance at the Maybank Malaysian Open is set to be the catalyst for many more victories in the men’s doubles department. Newly crowned Malaysian Open doubles champions Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem must now kick on to win more titles away from home if they want to be regarded as a formidable pair.

On Sunday, the Malaysian pair downed China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei 21-19, 21-18 to lift their first Malaysian Open title. It ended Malaysia’s four-year wait for a Super Series title, which was last won by Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in 2010.

National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang described the victory as a breakthrough and a boost for the team and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

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A long dry spell ahead if Chong Wei retires (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: For a decade, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has feasted Malaysian fans with outstanding badminton results.

Fans can now expect a dry season for a long time in the men’s singles department if Chong Wei retires because there are neither talents coming through nor an effective programme implemented at the grassroots level. It seems BAM are no closer to finding the successor to Lee Chong Wei who said he may retire from the game after the Asian Games in October, after winning his 10th Malaysian Open badminton championship on Sunday.

On Sunday, Chong Wei defeated Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the men’s singles final of the Maybank Malaysian Open to win his 10th home title - a feat that no others have achieved on the international circuit.

The two closest consistent winners on the international stage were eight-time All England champion Rudy Hartono and the late Wong Peng Soon, who had also won eight home titles.

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Finding Chong Wei’s successor is now BAM’s main mission (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff admits that the challenge is for them to produce an heir to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

But the outspoken president points out that BAM will not neglect the likes of Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren while focusing on the younger batch of players coming through the ranks.A group shot of sponsorship ceremony between BAM, represented by its president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff (second right) and XOX, repersented by its managing director, Datuk Eddie Chai (second left), and attended by recently crowned Malaysian Open singles and doubles champions, Lee Chong Wei (centre) and Lim Khim Wah (left)-Goh V Shem in Bukit Kiara on Monday.

Both Wei Feng and Daren were disappointing at the recent Malaysian Open, crashing out in the first round.

“It is BAM’s challenge to improve the quality of the backup squad and to produce world beaters in the future. We will definitely be working hard with the coaches to raise that standard,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

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