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Malaysia lost 0-3 to Japan in Thomas Cup qualifier

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Published: 18 February 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 -- The national Thomas Cup squad tumbled to a 0-3 defeat to Japan in the semi-final of the Thomas Cup Asian Zone Qualifying Round in Macau, China today.

Despite losing to Japan, the Thomas Cup squad qualified for the Final Round in Wuhan, China in May when they defeated India 3-0 in the quarterfinal yesterday.

Without world number one singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei, the team could not muster a point from Japan.

It is understood, Chong Wei is now resting before starting his preparation for the All-England Badminton Championship from March 6-11.

Former All-England champion, Muhammad Hafiz Hashim failed to deliver the first point when he lost to world number six Sho Sasaki 19-21, 16-21 in 36 minutes.

The national doubles pair of Lim Kim Wah/Goh V Shem were demolished 11-21,21-11 and 18-21 by Japan's best pair of Hirokatsu Hashimoto/Noriyasu Hirata.

World No. 7 singles player, Kenichi Tago ended the fight when he overcame Liew Daren 30-28,21-19 in 60 minutes.

The national squad is scheduled to meet Indonesia for the third/fourth placing playoff tomorrow.

 
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It’s almost the end for Malaysia's Uber Cup team after loss to Hong Kong

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Published: 18 February 2012
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PETALING JAYA: It isn’t over till the fat lady sings but the Malaysian Uber Cup team can start rehearsing for a chorus of disappointment.

Their hopes of reaching the Finals via the playoffs are almost dashed after suffering a 2-3 loss to Hong Kong yesterday.

The doubles pairs of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty and Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo delivered but the singles performers – Tee Jing Yi, Lydia Cheah and Sannatasah Saniru – failed to launch again.

The Malaysian team have two more ties – against Indonesia today and Singapore tomorrow – but their chances of earning the last Finals berth as the fifth best team at the qualifiers are virtually over.

Despite the setback, national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky gave his girls credit for saving Malaysia the blushes by winning two points.

He hopes they can keep the momentum going after the qualifiers.

 

Start now, urges Rexy

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Published: 18 February 2012
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YOUNGSTERS Sonia Cheah and Yang Li Lian are tipped by coach Rexy Mainaky to be the future of Malaysian badminton but they must be groomed to the next level in women's singles if Malaysia are to do well in the 2014 Uber Cup.

   Malaysia's current Uber campaign has fizzled out due to the failures of all the singles players. However, four players in the squad are below the age of 23.

   Rexy feels that Sonia and Li Lian, both 19, can become top international players if the BA of Malaysia (BAM) keeps exposing them.

 

Singapore women down, and almost out (pic)

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Published: 18 February 2012
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SINGAPORE: The Republic's campaign for a place in the 2012 Uber Cup finals in Wuhan (May 20 to 27) hangs by a thread after a 5-0 drubbing by three-time winners Indonesia in the playoff for fifth place at the Asian Zone preliminary rounds in Macau on Friday.
Fu Mingtian from Singapore Uber Cup Team
Hong Kong beat Malaysia 3-2 in the other tie.

The top team among the four will be the frontrunners for the one qualifying spot reserved for either the fifth-placed Asian team or fourth-placed European team, whoever has the higher world ranking.

 

Uber Cup debutant Li Lian poised for greater heights

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Published: 16 February 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Yang Li Lian is poised to be the new darling of the national women’s singles department, going by her gutsy performance at the ongoing Uber Cup Asian Zone qualifying tournament in Macau.

At a time when Malaysia needed more spirited players like their former international Wong Mew Choo to add depth to the women’s team, the 19-year-old Li Lian showed she can measure up to the tag.Yang Li Lian

On Tuesday, Li Lian, playing in her first major team event as the third singles, staged a spectacular come-from-behind win over India’s Sayali Gokhale to clinch the winning point in Malaysia’s 3-2 triumph over India in a Group A tie.

 

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