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World Championship: Young pairs the favourites

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Published: 02 August 2013
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THE big names are not going to win the men's doubles crown in the World Championships as former doubles ace Cheah Soon Kit expects Indonesia's Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan or one of China's young pairs to create a shock in Guangzhou next week.

Soon Kit said Hendra-Mohammad have been going great guns in recent times while China's All England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan and Hong Wei-Shen Ye have also been impressive.

Hendra-Mohammad were paired off after Indonesia's failure to win a medal in men's doubles for the first time in the London Olympics last year and they have won the Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia Opens this year.

Soon Kit, a two-time silver medallist in the World Championships with different partners, added that the leading trio of World No 1 Ko Sung Hyun-Lee Yong Dae, China's four-time champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng and Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark are set to have a difficult time in Guangzhou.

Soon Kit said the open affair in the men's doubles should also give Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong some hope provided they are mentally strong and in good physical condition.

 

World Championship: Lee Chong Wei is Primed for Assault (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: A ‘new’ Chong Wei can end Malaysia’s barren run

LEE Chong Wei was under tremendous pressure when he let slip a golden opportunity to win the 2011 World Championships crown but two years on, he is approaching the same event in Guangzhou with a cool head backed by solid preparation.

This relaxed approach, national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek believes, gives Chong Wei his best shot to win this major title despite the challenges of the usual suspects -- Lin Dan, his conqueror in London two years ago, and Chen Long.

Chong Wei squandered two match points when leading 20-19 and 21-20 to eventually lose 20-22, 21-17, 23-21 to Lin Dan in what many consider the best men's singles final in the World Championships.Lee Chong Wei will take on a more relaxed approach to the World Championships unlike in 2011 when overwhelming pressure saw him lose to Lin Dan in the final.

However, in that episode the pressure was on Chong Wei due to continuous speculation about Lin Dan's injury and lack of preparation but that only worked in the China shuttler's favour.

 

Young V Shem bullish ahead of world meet debut (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It is doubles shuttler Goh V Shem’s first World Championships and he is not the least jittery about it.

In fact, the 23-year-old V Shem is ready to rumble in his debut with his partner Lim Khim Wah when the 20th edition of the World Championships begins on Aug 5 at Guangzhou.

The duo are unseeded but they are seen as spoilers by many of their opponents over their ability to strike when they are least expected to do so. 

In May, the duo stunned China’s second pair Hong Wei-Shen Ye for a semi-final finish in the Asian Badminton Championships in Taiwan and a few weeks later, they upset Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong en route to the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold title.Goh V Shem (left) is prepared to make an impact with his partner Lim Khim Wah (right) at the World Championships which starts on Aug 5 at Guangzhou.
 
However, V Shem’s only bone of discontent for the world meet is the unfavourable draw. Barring any upsets, V Shem-Khim Wah will likely face their team-mates Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in the second round. 

 

Misbun wants to see a wind of change under Tengku Mahaleel

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former national coach Datuk Misbun Sidek hopes to see a rash of changes under the leadership of newly-elected Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.

Misbun, who left the BAM coaching set-up in 2001 due to unhappiness over several decisions made by a few key personnels in the coaching and training committee, described Tengku Mahaleel as a brave man to take up the hotseat.

Tengku Mahaleel was the only BAM council member who showed an interest to occupy the seat vacated by his predecessor Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.
After his appointment, Tengku Mahaleel promised to take the sport to greater heights.

“I’d like to congratulate Tengku Mahaleel. I’m glad that he has assumed the position. He is brave to take up the role as president and I really hope to see many changes under his leadership,” said Misbun who, however, did not elaborate on the changes.

 

Hosts China playing psychological games, claims Seu Bock (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The mind games have started even before the Malaysian team, led by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, arrive in Guangzhou for the World Championships which will only begin on Wednesday at the Tianhe Gymnasium.

National singles coach Tey Seu Bock yesterday expressed his displeasure and annoyance with the hosts, China, for not entertaining Malaysia’s request to train at the venue. Formidable foe: Lin Dan of China.

“We’ve asked China to allocate two training slots at the competition hall but we have yet to hear anything from them. They have not even responded, although we have put our names down for scheduled practice,” said Seu Bock.

“We will arrive in Guangzhou tomorrow (today) ... but we still do not know whether we’ll get a chance to have a practice session. This is, however, something that we had expected from China and we are used to it.”

 

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