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Chong Wei asked to help turn ‘softie’ player into a tough nut (pic)

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Published: 19 September 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: A plan is under way to toughen up back-up men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren.

And world number one Lee Chong Wei has been asked to help turn “softie” Daren into a tough nut.

National coach Tey Seu Bock believes Daren has the potential to take over Chong Wei’s place in the future.

“Daren is not tough enough on court. He has to change his attitude and be more aggressive like Chong Wei,” said Seu Bock.

“I want him to pick up some positive traits from Chong Wei like playing with more confidence,” added Seu Bock.

 

Daren has shown improvement in his game over the last few months. The only thing lacking is that he does not strike fear into his opponents.

In the Taiwan Open a week ago, Daren pulled off a stunning win over third seeds Lee Hyun-il of South Korea in the second round.

But hours later, he went down tamely to Thai youn­gster Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.Lacking something: Liew Daren needs to be more aggressive like Lee Chong Wei.

His mixed fortunes in Taiwan saw him moving up eight rungs from 53rd to 45th in the world – his best ranking in his career so far.

“Chong Wei is really committed to help Daren. If Daren continues with his determination to change for the better, I believe he has a chance to challenge for a medal at the Indonesia SEA Games in December,” said Seu Bock.

 

Korean world No. 2 pair prevent clean sweep by China (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 September 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: South Koreans Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae prevented China from making a clean sweep at the China Masters badminton cham­pion­ships by lifting the men’s doubles title in Changzhou yesterday.

The world number two survived a strong challenge from four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng to win 21-17, 21-10 in a 38-minute final.

China won the other four titles but two walkouts in the women’s singles and women’s doubles events marred the seventh leg of the Super Series event.

Wang Shixian bagged the singles crown after compatriot Jiang Yanjiao conceded a walkover due to a knee injury.

 

Malaysia badminton team nets $14 mln sponsorship (pic)

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Published: 06 July 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR — A major bank has struck a record $13.7 million sponsorship deal with Malaysia's badminton team in the hope it propels the country to its first Olympic gold medal in any sport.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh told AFP that the Maybank cash injection will be used to secure an "elusive" first Olympic gold at London 2012 and create a new pool of players.A major bank has struck a record $13.7 million sponsorship deal with Malaysia's badminton team

"This is the biggest sum of money we have ever received. The money will be used to develop our elite team and create new talents," Goh said.

Maybank replaces automaker Proton as the BAM's main sponsor for six years, although Proton will also continue their sponsorship deal for the next five years with an annual contribution of $666,112.

Badminton is a popular sport in Malaysia but the country has fallen behind mighty China and neighbouring Indonesia in recent years.

World number one Lee Chong Wei, 28, is Malaysia's biggest hope for Olympic gold, but he plans to quit after London and BAM are looking to groom a new set of superstars.

 
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Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan willing to clinch title in National Junior GP Finals (pic)

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Published: 18 May 2011
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Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan willing to clinch title in National Junior GP Finals – Badminton news

Malaysia’s young pair of Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan is willing to clinch the Girl’s Doubles title in the 100 Plus National Junior GP Finals, starting from today on May 18, at Bukit Kiara, Malaysia.

Lee Meng and Chow Mei made their presence felt by defeating more senior pairs and grabbing the title at last month’s 2011 Kuala Lumpur Open. The duo is determined to continue their winning run in the National Junior event.Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan willing to clinch title in National Junior GP Finals

Lee Meng said, “Our target is to win the Under-18 doubles title in the GP Finals. Anything less will be considered a failure. Last year, we won the Under-16 title. This time around we are aiming to go one step better to show that we are moving up the ranks.”

While talking about their victory in the Kuala Lumpur Open, Lee Meng said, “Winning the KL Open last month was a good breakthrough but we have not let the victory get to our heads. Instead, we train even harder to improve on our game.”

 
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High-riding pair now eye GP Finals title (pic)

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Published: 18 May 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: The tenacious pair of Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean are out to prove that they mean business in the 100Plus National Junior Circuit Grand Prix Finals, which begin today at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here.

The 17-year-old Bukit Jalil Sports School girls first came to prominence when they defeated a field of more experienced shuttlers with a spirited display to win their first senior title at the Kuala Lumpur Open last month.Good appetite: Chaw Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean (foreground) won the KL Open last month.

And they are out to prove that the success was no fluke but a result of hard work.

“Our target is to win the Under-18 doubles title in the GP Finals. Anything less will be considered a failure,” said Meng Yean, who hails from Malacca.

“Last year, we won the Under-16 title. This time around we are aiming to go one step better to show that we are moving up the ranks.

“Winning the KL Open last month was a good breakthrough but we have not let the victory get to our heads. Instead, we train even harder to improve on our game.”

 
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