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Who will succeed Chong Wei? (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Does Malaysia have the talent in the men’s singles department to replace world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei?

Based on last year’s results and current form, there are eight potential shuttlers. Sadly, all of them are still under the radar in the international scene.

Six of them are Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) players – Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat, Choong Yee Han, Tan Kian Meng, Soong Joo Ven and Soo Teck Zhi – and two independent players – Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Zulfadli Zulkifli.Lee Chong Wei might have two more good years in him. But there is still no replacement in sight.

Except for Joo Ven, Yee Han and Kian Meng, the rest took part in the ongoing Maybank Malaysian Open but none cleared the qualifying tournament at the Putra Stadium on Tuesday.

All of them put up fighting displays but still were not good enough to pull off a breakthrough.

How much longer will it take for them to join the big league?

China are already leaps and bounds ahead of Malaysia. So are countries like Indonesia, South Korea and even Japan, Thailand and India.

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Lee Chong Wei looks to fend off Chen Long in Malaysia Open

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Published: 14 January 2014
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Malaysia's top-ranked badminton star Lee Chong Wei is determined to bounce back on home turf this week after a weekend loss in Korea to hard-charging world number two Chen Long of China.

The Malaysian Open kicks off Wednesday with the 31-year-old hometown hero smarting from his loss to Chen on Sunday in the singles final of the Korean Open.

The top two seeds are expected to cruise through their respective halves of the draw in Malaysia and could clash again in the final in Kuala Lumpur.

Lee has dominated world badminton, holding the top ranking nearly uninterrupted since 2008 and winning seven titles last year.

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Not fair to give Lin Dan a wild card: Joo-bong (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Japan chief coach Park Joo-bong will be the first one to protest if the Badminton World Federation (BWF) were to offer a wild card again to five-time world champion Lin Dan of China for this year’s World Championships.

Last year, Lin Dan was awarded the wild card despite missing international tournaments for almost a year. But the men’s singles maestro showed his prowess by beating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei for his fifth crown at his homeground – Guangzhou. Lin Dan was given a wild card to take part in last year's World Championships, which he went on to win after beating Lee Chong Wei.

Joo-bong said that the world body’s decision last year proved controversial as many felt that it was unfair.

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Tago in high spirits after Korean Open (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: World No. 5 Kenichi Tago of Japan believes that he is his greatest enemy.

The industrious yet stylish Tago came close to winning his first Super Series title last year but fell in the final of the French Open to Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen.

The Chiba native’s confidence took a blow and he ended the year on a low – twice losing to Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto and failing to make the final of the Super Series Finals last month.Kenichi Tago: 'My goal this year, though, is to be the top of the others closing in, and to get closer to Chen Long’s level first.'

But after exacting revenge on world No. 3 Jorgensen in the quarter-finals of the Korean Open last week, Tago believes that the morale boosting semi-final finish is a good start to the year.

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Japan out to prove they are a force to be reckoned with (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: A fantastic showing by the men’s doubles shuttlers at the Korean Open last week, has raised Japan’s hope of putting in another strong challenge to the more fancied teams in the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi in May.

Last week, their world No. 6 Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa went down fighting 20-22, 20-22 to eventual champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the semi-finals. Keita Masuda: ' If our players can maintain their form until April, we may get a better seeding than Malaysia or Indonesia for the (Thomas Cup) Finals.'

Their younger compatriots Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda, the world No. 15th, dumped second seeds Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang of South Korea in the opening round.

National coach Keita Masuda believes they have enough depth to challenge all the teams, including Malaysia at the Finals.

“Our senior and junior doubles players did well at the Korean Open and that augurs well ahead of the world team competition. We have strong men’s singles and doubles this time,” he said.

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