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Shuttlers fail to march into Korea Open finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 December 2012
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Kuala Lumpur: Three national badminton shuttlers failed in their bid to clinch the final berth of the Korea Open after losing to their respective opponents in the semi-final stage at Hwasun Indoor Stadium in Seoul Saturday.

National men's doubles, Goh Wei Shem and Ong Jian Guo, lost to fifth seed, Lee Yong Dae and Ko Sung Hyun of South Korea, 11-21 and 16-21 in just 31 minutes.

National men's singles Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif, who also the tournament's top seed, gave a strong fight against another host player, Lee Dong Keun, before going down 17-21, 21-18 and 19-21 in the match that lasted almost 90 minutes.

The loss was a repeat 'performance' for Mohamad Arif as he had also lost to South Korea's Shon Wan Ho at the same tournament last year.

Sonia Cheah followed suit after losing 13-21, 21-15 and 14-21 in the women's singles category against second seed, Aprilla Yuswandari of Indonesia, in hour-long matches.

 
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Chooi-Ow going great guns in Korea after win over Kim-Na (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 December 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former world junior boys’ doubles champions Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han have a chance to show that they are ready to step up to the big league when they face top seeds Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang in the Korean Open GP Gold in Jeonnam today.

If they can overcome the world No. 6 Koreans, Kah Ming-Yao Han can be assured of moving up the rankings and making them the country’s third pair after Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong.

Kah Ming-Yao Han are now ranked 50th in the world.In good form: Malaysia’s Chooi Kah Ming and Ow Yao Han (left) defeated South Koreans Kim Ki-seob-Na Jae-yeob 17-21, 21-10, 21-10 in the third round of the Korean Open GP Gold tournament yesterday.

Yesterday, Kah Ming-Yao Han defeated Kim Ki-seob-Na Jae-yeob of South Korea 17-21, 21-10, 21-10 to reach the quarter-finals while Asian champions Ki-jung-Sa-rang ousted Malaysians Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Jagdish Singh 21-10, 21-13.

National chief coach Tan Kim Her is pleased with Kah Ming-Yao Han’s steady rise and has challenged them to take on the Koreans without any fear.

“It won’t be easy against the Koreans. This is a good opportunity for them to know where they stand against top players. All I want is for them to play without showing fear,” said Kim Her.

 

No hiccups for Arif

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 December 2012
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ARIF Latif stayed on course to win his first international title when he advanced to the quarter-finals of the Korea Open grand prix gold in Jeonnam yesterday.

Arif, the top seed, defeated Park Sing Min of South Korea 21-19, 21-16 in the third round and will meet another Korean shuttler Yim Jpong Woo in the last eight today.

Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin crashed out when he lost 21-18, 21-14 to Indonesia's Riyanto Subagja.

Men's doubles back-up pair Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming also advanced when they defeated Kim Ki Seob-Na Jae Yeob of South Korea 17-21, 21-10, 21-10 to set up a quarter-final showdown with top seeds Kim Ki Jung-Kim Sa Rang, the Korean No 2, today.

Scratch pair Goh V Shem-Ong Jian Guo beat another local pair Bae Kwon Young-Han To Sung 21-12, 19-21,21-15 and will play Lin Yen Jui-U Chia Bin of Taiwan next.

Women's singles Sonia Cheah cruised into the last eight when she thrashed South Korea's Lim Yun Ha 21-4, 21-6 and will play Miki Takagi of Japan today.

 
 
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Lee Chong Wei is Forced to go (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 December 2012
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SUPER SERIES FINALS: RM16,000 fine if Chong Wei skips season ender

LEE Chong Wei, if given a choice, would have skipped the Super Series Finals in Shenzhen which begin on Wednesday as he wants to put in some quality preparation to retain the Korea Open and Malaysia Open titles in January.

Chong Wei, seeking his fourth Super Series Finals title, said the US$5,250 (RM16,000) fine imposed on players who withdraw was the reason he wanted to compete in Shenzhen although he has been struggling to get sufficient training since his wedding last month.Lee Chong Wei says he is not fully prepared for the tournament.  Read more: Forced to go - Badminton - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/badminton/forced-to-go-1.181957#ixzz2EP0i3zfo

China's Chen Long will be Chong Wei's only threat in the Super Series Finals but the former may have a slight edge after having beaten the World No 1 in the Hong Kong Open a fortnight ago.

"It has been a long season with so many tournaments. Wedding preparations had also taken a lot of my time last month and I am still not fully prepared going into a tournament like the Super Series Finals," said Chong Wei.

 

Quality first, says Rashid

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 December 2012
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TARGET: Coach wants Daren, Wei Feng to justify world rankings

LIEW Daren and Chong Wei Feng have  consistently been improving their respective world rankings of late but quality performance is what national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek wants from them in order to become  top class players.

A string of good results, including the French Open title in October, has seen Daren breaking into the top 20 and he is currently ranked 16th while Wei Feng, who reached the semi-finals of a super series for the first time in the China Open, is ranked 21 but Rashid feels they must produce quality performance to reflect their ranking.

Rashid said Lee Chong Wei justifies his World No 1 status by regularly winning international honours while Daren and Wei Feng have a lot more to prove on the world stage.

"There is improvement but their focus should be on quality performance. The world ranking is good for them in terms of earning better incentives but it is not going to guarantee them success on the international stage," said Rashid.

 

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