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Singapore finalise squad for OUE Singapore Open (pic)

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Published: 03 March 2014
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World number 50 Derek Wong will compete in the men's singles, where he could face top-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia at some point.

SINGAPORE: Singapore has finalised its squad for a star-studded OUE Singapore Open from April 8 to 14.

World number 50 Derek Wong will compete in the men's singles, where he could face top-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia at some point.

2013 Singapore Open champion Tommy Sugiarto is also returning to defend his title.Singapore's Yao Lei (L) and Shinta Mulia Sari during the badminton women's doubles quarter final round at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar on 12 Dec 2013.

Wong said, "It is good to see so many world-class badminton players coming to compete in the OUE Singapore Open. I believe with the support of the home fans, this will push me to perform better."

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Peng Soon learning a thing or two from new partner (pic)

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Published: 03 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: It’s only been two tournaments but Chan Peng Soon is already singing the praises of new partner Lai Pei Jing.

The mixed doubles pair made their debut at the Austrian International Challenge last month and enjoyed a fine run to the final before losing to Poland’s Robert Mateusiak-Agnieszka Wotjkowska.

Last week, the pair’s weaknesses were cruelly exposed by South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na in the German Open as they lost in the first round.Lai Pei Jing (front) and partner Chan Peng Soon in training last month. They will face defending champions and reigning world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia in the first round of the All-England.

But Peng Soon, who turns 26 next month, is still impressed with Pei Jing, who is five years his junior, especially with her diligence.

“We’ve had a decent start, one final and one first round defeat ... that was because our partnership is still very new,” said Peng Soon.

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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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