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Arif overcomes Tommy for the first time in sixth attempt (pic)

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Published: 05 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: First, it was on Chong Wei Feng. Now another back-up shuttler, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, has stolen the thunder with a stunning win over his nemesis Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Taiwan Open Grand Prix Gold.

The 22-year-old Arif had lost all his five previous matches to Tommy over the last five years but yesterday he turned on the power to beat Tommy, the son of the former world champion Icuk, 21-16, 21-10.

Arif, who trains under Hendra­wan, faces Wei Feng today to assure Malaysia of a place in the men’s singles semi-finals.It's about time for Mohd Arif Abdul Latif to Shine

World No. 30 Wei Feng continued his fine form when he disposed of Lin Yu-hsien of Taiwan 21-16, 20-22, 21-19. He had packed off seventh seed Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia on the opening day.

However, two other aspiring players – Liew Daren and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin – bit the dust.

Daren lost 11-21, 21-16, 14-21 to Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan while Iskandar went down fighting 17-21, 17-21 to Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh.

 

Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold 2012: Tien Minh Nguyen trounces Wong Wing Ki in quarter-final contest (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 October 2012
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Tien Minh Nguyen, who is the most decorated shuttler in Vietnam, showed his supremacy on court as he played with tremendous precision in Men’s Singles quarter-final contest and overpowered Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki at the Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold 2012 on Friday, October 5, in Chinese Taipei.

The World Number 13 Tien Minh, who has been positioned at number 2 in Men’s Singles seeding in the tournament, showed his tremendous craft without sparing any mercy to his rival and won the match in a completely controlled and convincing fashion.Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold 2012: Tien Minh Nguyen trounces Wong Wing Ki in quarter-final contest

Second seeded Tien Minh played with precision in his fight against Wing Ki and remained successful in securing his place in the semi-final as he easily ended up the quarter-final contest in straight games with a decent margin in just 28 minutes.

On the contrary, the World Number 22 Wing Ki could not prove his worth in the arena as he failed to match the aggression of his Vietnamese opponent and eventually went down without proving his mettle in the arena.

 

Chinese Taipei Open, Men’s Singles, Chinese Taipei, Tien Chen Chou, Hsuan Yi Hsueh, quarter-final, semi-final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 October 2012
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Chinese Taipei’s impressive shuttler Tien Chen Chou proved his mettle on court as he eased into Men’s Singles semi-final after taming his compatriot Hsuan Yi Hsueh in quarter-final contest at Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold 2012 in Chinese Taipei, on Friday, October 5.

The spirited Tien Chou, who has been showing tremendous performance throughout the tournament, continued putting up stunning performance and toppled Hsuan Yi while taking just 33 minutes on court.Chinese Taipei Open GP Gold: Tien Chen Chou topples Hsuan Yi Hsueh in Men’s Singles quarter-final

Tien Chou was in staggering form as he entertained his home fans by playing to his maximum potential and remained successful in beating his challenger in straight games with a dominating margin on score board.

In the meanwhile, Hsuan Yi tried his best to stretch his winning run but he failed to answer the perfect play of his opponent and also remained struggling throughout the battle. He went down to his in-form team-mate without winning any set.

 
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Out-of-sorts Koo-Tan face another tough time in Odense

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Published: 04 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The erratic Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are in for another tough ride after being drawn to meet the new South Korean combination of Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae in the first round of the Denmark Open, which starts from Oct 16-21 in Odense.

The national pair, ranked sixth in the world, have failed to impress since being given a second chance by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) last month.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, who have until the World Championships next year to prove themselves, were disappointing in the Japan Open, their first tournament since the London Olympics.

Although they did well to make the final, they lost tamely to Korean youngsters Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang.

But national doubles coach Tan Kim Her believes that Sung-hyun-Yong-dae are beatable, “provided Kien Keat-Boon Heong drop their defensive mentality”.

“This new Korean combination is just as dangerous,” said Kim Her.

 

Joo-bong set to return as director of coaching

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Published: 04 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean Park Joo-bong is set to make a comeback to Malaysia in January as the director of coaching, rather than a project manager, with the BA of Malaysia (BAM).

After a meeting between BAM’s top brass and National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, it appears that Joo-bong will be on the first flight to Malaysia come January.

But BAM president Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Salleh stopped short of revealing the name of the candidate they are looking to hire, although there were enough hints to confirm that Joo-bong is their man.

Joo-bong, who is contracted to the Japan BA as head coach until next March, had earlier revealed his interest to take up a position with the BAM.

He also became the frontrunner for the position after several local candidates failed to win any favours during the last BAM exco meeting, headed by Nadzmi.

 

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