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SEA Games: Good day for doubles while singles shuttlers bow out (pic)

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Published: 12 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: It was a day of contrasting fortunes for Malaysia’s five SEA Games debutants at the badminton competition in the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C on Thursday.

There was heartbreak for Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Yang Li Lian in the singles department when the duo limped out in the quarter-finals but three from the doubles department – Tan Aik Quan, Ow Yao Han and Teo Kok Siang – were jumping for joy after reaching the semi-finals with their respective partners to assure at least a bronze medal each.It was a day of contrasting fortunes for Malaysia’s five SEA Games debutants at the badminton competition in the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C on Thursday.  There was heartbreak for Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Yang Li Lian in the singles department when the duo limped out in the quarter-finals but three from the doubles department – Tan Aik Quan, Ow Yao Han and Teo Kok Siang – were jumping for joy after reaching the semi-finals with their respective partners to assure at least a bronze medal each.

The 22-year-old Iskandar was the most dejected after giving in to nerves in his 10-21, 15-21 defeat to Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo of Indonesia in 38 minutes.

With his meek defeat, Malaysia’s challenge ended in the men’s singles event to mark another huge flop for Malaysian singles at the SEA Games.

Iskandar’s more illustrious team-mate Chong Wei Feng crashed out in the opening round.

“I cannot express how frustrated I am right now. I had a good chance but I blew it. I was so tense in the opening game,” admitted Iskandar.

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Chong Wei first to use instant review system (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was all smiles as he became the first person to utilise the instant review system in his win over China’s Wang Zhengming at the Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium on Wednesday.

Chong Wei, who is gunning for his fourth Super Series Finals title since winning three from 2008-2010, was hardly troubled by Zhengming, winning 21-10, 21-18 in their Group A match.

The first set was a breeze as the Chinese shuttler appeared affected by the draft.Lee Chong Wei beat China's Wang Zhengming 21-10, 21-18 in their Group A match of the Super Series Finals on Dec 11, 2013. During the match, the instant review system was used for the first time when Chong Wei challenged the linesman’s call.

But it was the second set which became a milestone of sorts as Chong Wei challenged the linesman’s call whilst trailing 2-4. The video review overruled the call in his favour.

The Super Series Finals marks the first time the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is implementing the instant review system.

And Chong Wei gave two thumbs-up to the system, saying he believes it will serve a better purpose for the sport.

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Lee Wong Wei first to use video line-call review in badminton (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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Lee, who is chasing his fourth BWF World Superseries Finals men's singles crown, asked for a video review on the tournament's first day during his match against China's Wang Zhengming, which Lee won 21-10, 21-18.

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei welcomed the decision to use video reviews of disputed line calls after the world number one became the first in badminton to use the technology on Wednesday.Lee Chong Wei beat China's Wang Zhengming 21-10, 21-18 in their Group A match of the Super Series Finals on Dec 11, 2013. During the match, the instant review system was used for the first time when Chong Wei challenged the linesman’s call.

Lee, who is chasing his fourth BWF World Superseries Finals men's singles crown, asked for a video review on the tournament's first day during his match against China's Wang Zhengming, which Lee won 21-10, 21-18.

The Olympic and World Championship silver medallist used the technology after his return to Wang was called when he was trailing 4-2 in the second game.

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Hoon-Tan no match for Indonesian pair (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Last minute entrants Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong were given a wake-up call as they were outclassed by world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in their Group A match of the Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium late on Wednesday.

The world No. 8 who only made the cut because compatriot Koo Kien Keat suffered an eye infection and withdrew last Saturday, were beaten 17-21, 13-21 in just 29 minutes.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong lost to world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in their Group A match of the Super Series Finals.

Thien How-Wee Kiong, who were riding high from their Macau Open success, briefly threatened to give Ahsan-Setiawan a fight with a feisty start.

But the Indonesians, in particularly the experienced Setiawan gradually turned it around and were thoroughly dominant in notching a comfortable win.

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Showcasing future badminton talents in Naypyitaw (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Malaysia's back-up shuttlers face the litmus test in must-win matches on Thursday to save face in the quarter-finals of the badminton competition of the SEA Games.

For once, all countries in South-East Asia have sent a relatively younger group of players for the Games because some of their top stars are competing in the ongoing BWF World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur. Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in a file photo. All hope is on him in the men's singles category after Chong Wei Feng crashed out in the opening round.

For national singles coach Rashid Sidek, this year’s SEA Games is truly a chance to showcase the country’s future stars.

He said that it would be a true test for most of them and a reflection of the respective countries’ depth in talents starting from Thursday’s quarter-final stage.

“In some cases, it is a straightforward battle among the back-up shuttlers. We will be able to measure whether Indonesia, Thailand or Malaysia are leading the way as far as their future in badminton is concerned,” said Rashid.

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