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Finding Chong Wei’s successor is now BAM’s main mission (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff admits that the challenge is for them to produce an heir to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

But the outspoken president points out that BAM will not neglect the likes of Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren while focusing on the younger batch of players coming through the ranks.A group shot of sponsorship ceremony between BAM, represented by its president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff (second right) and XOX, repersented by its managing director, Datuk Eddie Chai (second left), and attended by recently crowned Malaysian Open singles and doubles champions, Lee Chong Wei (centre) and Lim Khim Wah (left)-Goh V Shem in Bukit Kiara on Monday.

Both Wei Feng and Daren were disappointing at the recent Malaysian Open, crashing out in the first round.

“It is BAM’s challenge to improve the quality of the backup squad and to produce world beaters in the future. We will definitely be working hard with the coaches to raise that standard,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

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Saina can end title drought at India GP Gold (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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India's number one badminton player Saina Nehwal has been awarded a relatively easy draw in the USD 120,000 India Grand Prix Gold tournament starting on Tuesday.

Saina Nehwal can make up for a poor 2013 with a title win on home soil at the USD 120,000 India Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament starting at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium here Tuesday.Saina Nehwal has been pretty sluggish at the international stage lately.

This is top seed Saina's best chance to start the New Year with a title, given the relatively easy draw. After retiring at match-point from the first round here last season, the World No.8 could come out on top in the field dominated with local players.

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Li’s comeback is a sweet success (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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CHINA’s Li Xuerui made a successful return from injury to win her first Maybank Malaysian Open title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The world No. 1 proved too strong for compatriot Wang Shixian, winning 21-16, 21-17 in the women’s singles final on Sunday.

And Xuerui thanked her lucky stars after pulling off the victory.China's Li Xuerui screams in delight after clinching her first Malaysian Open title on Sunday. She defeated compatriot Wang Shixian in the final.

“I am delighted to win this title for the first time here in Malaysia. After suffering from injury at the end of last year, I was doubtful about my performance. But luck was on my side today,” said Xuerui.

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Team England badminton star and Olympic hopeful Marcus Ellis inspires pupils at Northampton school to get on court (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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A visit by Team England badminton star Marcus Ellis has inspired students at Elizabeth Woodville School to get on the ‘Roade to Rio’ in new SmashUp! badminton sessions.

SmashUp! badminton, a new initiative which is giving pupils of all sporting ability the chance to get active in a fun and sociable way, is proving a smash hit following the visit from Ellis, who is ranked in the world’s 20 and is in contention to play for England at this year’s Commonwealth Games.Team England badminton star Marcus Ellis

The weekly session - which features a music playlist set by pupils, 16 big hitting badminton challenges, no dress code and no formal coaching – now sees over 35 pupils get on court.

Ellis got the shuttlecocks flying at the first Elizabeth Woodville SmashUp! session by running a badminton masterclass, including a smash challenge and giving pupils the chance to ‘beat the star’ on court.

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Badminton Superstar Lee Chong Wei takes 10th Malaysian Open title (pic)

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Published: 20 January 2014
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Lee Chong Wei took a record 10th Malaysian Open title on Sunday to strengthen his dominance of the badminton world rankings, but said he was unsure whether he would make it to the Olympics.

KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei took a record 10th Malaysian Open title on Sunday to strengthen his dominance of the badminton world rankings, but said he was unsure whether he would make it to the Olympics. Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia kisses the trophy on the podium after winning the men's singles final match against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia during their Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuala Lumpur. Lee won 21-19, 21-9.

The Malaysian ace won his match against determined fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto 21-19, 21-9, after beating him in their eight previous meetings.

Underdog Sugiarto put up a fight, leading all the way before Lee edged ahead at 20-19 and sealed the first game. Lee then cruised to the title with a 21-9 scoreline in the second game, earning him US$37,500.

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