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Coach Paulus: Thien How-Wee Kiong must stay hungry (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National coach Paulus Firman will head home to Indonesia Wednesday with a sense of accomplishment – having produced a men’s doubles champion in Malaysia in just 10 months.

On Sunday, world No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong gave their coach a timely farewell gift when they nailed their first men’s doubles title – the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.

Paulus hopes that Thien How-Wee Kiong, who had been under his charge from the first day he arrived in Malaysia in February, will continue to be hungry for success in order to be a more established pair. Doubles coach Paulus Firman (center) who is going back to Indonesia on Wednesday is happy that his charges Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How have finally won a title, the Macau Open, last week.

“It gives me great satisfaction to see Thien How-Wee Kiong winning their first title before I leave. It all goes back to their renewed commitment as players in the national team. I am pleased,” said Paulus.

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Thien How-Wee Kiong bag first career title at Macau Open (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong finally got it right to nail their first-ever men’s doubles title at the Macau Open GP Gold on Sunday.

The pair had come close in the China Open last month, only to lose to South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong in the final.

This time, there was no denying Thien How-Wee Kiong as they were focused right till the end to score an upset over world No. 8 Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin of Taiwan, winning 21-16, 21-19.Malaysia's doubles pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong finally made a breakthrough by capturing their first international title at the Macau Open on Sunday.

In doing so, they became only the second Malaysian pair this season to win a title after the now defunct partnership of Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah at the Malaysian Open GP Gold in May.

Thien How-Wee Kiong held a comfortable lead in the first game and it didn’t seem like they would face any problems from Sheng-mu-Chia-hsin after a 21-16 win.

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Malaysian doubles pair on a roll, enters Macau final

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Published: 02 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are on the verge of a major breakthrough after storming into the men’s doubles final of the Macau Open GP Gold on Saturday.

The world No.10 were in their element, crushing Taiwan’s Liang Jui Wei-Liao Kuan Hao 21-18, 21-9 in just 30 minutes.

They stepped on the gas from 16-16 in the first game to ease ahead of the young Taiwanese duo before comfortably sealing their spot in their second consecutive final.

Last month, Thien How-Wee Kiong defied the odds to make their first-ever career final at the China Open. They were, however, beaten by Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yung-sung in the title playoff.

Thien How-Wee Kiong get another chance to set things right on Sunday. They will take on top seeds Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin of Taiwan in the final.

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Thien How-Wee Kiong stay focused to storm into semis (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are one step closer to winning their first title after storming into the semi-finals of the Macau Open GP Gold.

The pair were too strong for South Korea’s Choi Sol-kyu-Kang Ji-wook in the quarter-finals on Friday – winning 21-17, 21-17 in 36 minutes.

It will be their third straight semi-final appearance – after the French Open and China Open, where they also made the finals.Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong beat South Korea’s Choi Sol-kyu-Kang Ji-wook 21-17, 21-17 in the Macau Open GP Gold quarter-finals on Friday.

The win also erased Thien How-Wee Kiong’s painful memories of losing to Ji-wook-Lee Sang-joon in the second round of the Malaysian Open in January.

“We definitely played better than in the second round,” said Wee Kiong. “We lost to one of these younger Korean pairs earlier in January and it was important to get a good start.

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Big scare for Thien How-Wee Kiong (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong were given a scare by team-mates Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi before prevailing in the second round of the Macau Open GP Gold.

Thien How-Wee Kiong, who narrowly missed out on a place in the Super Series Finals from Dec 11-15 in Kuala Lumpur, fought back from losing the first game to register a 14-21, 21-18, 21-19 win on Thursday.Hoon Thien How (back) and Tan Wee Kiong were given a scare by team-mates Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi before prevailing in the second round of the Macau Open GP Gold.

It was a solid performance from Malaysia’s second ranked pair but the younger Kah Ming-Ee Yi deserve credit for taking the fight to their higher ranked opponents.

And Wee Kiong was quick to praise his team-mates for showing no fear in their match.

“Kah Ming-Ee Yi are our juniors but they played very well today and were not afraid of making their shots,” said Wee Kiong.
“It was actually a tough match because we train together everyday and know each other’s game quite well.

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