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Yao Han to partner Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 03 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Tan Boon Heong may not stay single for long after all.

Boon Heong, who turns 27 in September, was left in the cold following poor results with Koo Kien Keat, with a first round defeat in the Malaysian Open in January being his last tournament.

With Kien Keat’s resignation from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last month, Boon Heong was left with no partner.

The BAM had entrusted the coaches with the the decision of who to pair with Boon Heong, and they have selected two-time world junior champion (2009-2010) Ow Yao Han.Ow Yao Han has been without partner Teo Kok Siang since Kok Siang was injured during a car accident in January, ruling him out for at least three months.

The pair have been slotted for the Malaysian Open GP Gold from March 25-30 in Johor – their first tournament together as a pair.

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All-England: Misbun takes a step in the right direction (pic)

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Published: 03 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: It would have been a gloomy start for Malaysian badminton had it not been for Misbun Ramdan Misbun in the first qualifying round of the All-England.

The 23-year-old Misbun, competing in the All-England for the first time, produced a superb performance to beat the experienced Joachim Persson of Denmark 21-16, 18-21, 21-8 on Tuesday.Misbun Ramdan Misbun in a file photo. He beat the experienced Joachim Persson of Denmark 21-16, 18-21, 21-8 in the All-England first qualifying round.

“This is my first time competing in the All-England and the first time I’ve faced Joachim, who is really experienced. So, naturally, I was a little excited and nervous,” said 2012 national champion Ramdan, who showed good trickery and excellent court coverage en route to the victory.

“Joachim has played in the Thomas Cup before and is more familiar with these kind of situations ... I’m happy to beat him.

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All-England: It’s over to you again, Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 03 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: If the results of the recent German Open are anything to go by, Malaysia will once again rely on world No.1 Lee Chong Wei for the All-England which starts on Tuesday.

In Germany, Malaysia’s best bet for a win, world No. 8 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong failed to live up to their own high standards as they were sent packing in the semi-finals by Japan’s Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda.All Malaysian eyes will be on World No.1 Lee Chong Wei again to deliver at the All-England badminton championships starting on Tuesday.

Malaysian Open champions Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah were also a letdown, crashing out in the quarter-finals to Japanese Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa.

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India's Arvind Bhat clinches German Open title (pic)

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Published: 01 March 2014
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Arvind Bhat struck the form of his life at the age of 34 to win his first ever Grand Prix crown at the RWE-Sporthalle, upsetting 12th seeded Vittinghus 24-22, 19-21, 21-11 in exactly an hour.

 

Seasoned campaigner Arvind Bhat reached a new high in his badminton career when he defeated Danish Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to clinch the men's singles title of the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold here Sunday.

The Indian veteran struck the form of his life at the age of 34 to win his first ever Grand Prix crown at the RWE-Sporthalle, upsetting 12th seeded Vittinghus 24-22, 19-21, 21-11 in exactly an hour.Bhat triumphs in German Open badminton tournament

Apart from the first round, the two-time former national champion has beaten a higher ranked player in every match.

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Japan win big at German Open

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Published: 01 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Japan were the big winners of the German Open with women’s singles shuttler Sayaka Takahashi pulling off the biggest upset.

Sayaka who is currently the top-ranked Japanese woman at No. 13 in the world, proved her mettle as as she dumped top seed and world No. 5 Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea for the title in Mulheim.

Sayaka won the closely contested final 21-17, 8-21, 21-12 in 53 minutes.

Women’s doubles pair Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi also lived up to their top billing as they overcame the challenge of Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na.

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