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Thien How-Wee Kiong make it to German Open semis (pic)

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Published: 28 February 2014
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 8 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are the last men standing after Malaysia’s challenge was cut down in the quarter-finals of the German Open on Friday.

Thien How-Wee Kiong who are the tournament’s second seeds, scored an impressive win as they came from behind to down South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol 18-21, 21-16, 22-20 to make the semi-finals.Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The pair made it to the German Open semi-finals after beating South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol 18-21, 21-16, 22-20.

The Koreans who are the only active pair in action following Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung’s suspension by the Badminton World Federation, took a close first game 21-18.

However, Thien How-Wee Kiong, who have a good track record taking on Korean pairs, levelled the match by taking the second game 21-16.

Yet, the Malaysians, who are now the top pair in the country following Koo Kien Keat’s resignation from the BA of Malaysia (BAM), nearly blew it in the deciding rubber as they allowed Sung-hyun-Baek-cheol to hold match point at 20-19 despite initially leading 19-15.

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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei keen on Singapore Open (pic)

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Published: 27 February 2014
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SINGAPORE — Six years ago, he emerged champion at Singapore’s premier badminton tournament and walked away with the US$15,000 (S$19,000) winner’s cheque.

Now, Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei could be returning to the event known today as the OUE Singapore Open badminton championships.

 

The current world No 1 has informed the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) that he wants to compete in the US$300,000 tournament, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from April 8 to 13.World No 1 Lee Chong Wei told the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s General Manager that he was ready to take part in the Singapore Open. Photo: Getty Images

BAM General Manager Kenny Goh told TODAY that Malaysia will be sending a full team to the championship and it is set to include Lee and recent Malaysian Open men’s doubles champions, Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem.

Should Lee’s participation be confirmed, it would be a boost for the tournament, which has been hit in recent years by a spate of high-profile withdrawals.

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BAM accept Kien Keat's resignation (pic)

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Published: 27 February 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat has the blessings of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to leave the fold.

The 28-year-old Kien Keat had experienced poor form with partner Tan Boon Heong and submitted his resignation on Feb 21.

And on Friday, BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria, who was given the mandate to chair the decision, acknowledged that Kien Keat’s resignation had been accepted.Koo Kien Keat waving goodbye to members of the media before leaving the Badminton Association of Malaysia's office. The BAM say they will welcome him back with open arms should he choose to return to contribute in any form.

Despite coming under heavy criticism over the past few months, Kien Keat leaves the national team with no hard feelings and promises a return in the near future.

“I’m not leaving BAM because I have issues with anyone or because of any feeling of dissatisfaction with any party in the association,” said Kien Keat, who won the Asian Games gold medal in 2006, All-England in 2007, and made the World Championships final in 2010 with Boon Heong.

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Three pairs make it to German Open quarters (pic)

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Published: 27 February 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Open champions Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah led the way as three doubles pairs booked their spots in the quarter-finals of the German Open in Mulheim.

 

 

On Thursday, V Shem-Khim Wah cut it close as they battled to a nail-biting win over home favourites Michael Fuchs-Johannes Schoettler 21-18, 16-21, 21-19 in the second round.Lim Khim Wah (right) and Goh V Shem in a file photo. The pair advanced to the last eight of the German Open after defeating Michael Fuchs-Johannes Schoettler 21-18, 16-21, 21-19.

 

 

The seventh-seeded pair will go on to meet top seeds Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in the quarter-finals.

 

 

The Japanese duo, who are currently ranked third in the world but are still seeking their first title since the Australian Open in 2010, brushed aside Belgium’s Mattijs Dierickx-Freek Golinski, 21-7, 21-14.

 

 

“Despite the score, I thought we played pretty well against the Germans,” said V Shem.

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Chong Wei may skip All-England (pic)

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Published: 26 February 2014
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei may yet skip the All-England after all.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei, who won the All-England twice in 2010 and 2011, has been troubled by an ankle injury the past week.

Chong Wei was due to depart for Birmingham on Saturday. On Friday, he confirmed that he is still not fully recovered from the ankle (left) injury he picked up whilst playing in a doubles exhibition match with Lin Dan two weeks ago.Lee Chong Wei in a file photo. He will decide on Saturday if he is going to the All-England.

“I have not made up my mind on whether I will make the trip to Birmingham. The injury is still bothering me and I will only make my decision tomorrow,” said Chong Wei, who is supposed to meet Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the first round.

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