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Aik Quan-Pei Jing out to stun the top pairs in world meet (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Upcoming mixed doubles pair Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing have probably the toughest draw of all the Malaysians competing in the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.

But the duo, both 21, are not too worried. The world No. 18 intend to give a good account of themselves in their debut appearance.

The pair do not have the luck of the draw as they take on China’s Tao Jiaming-Tang Jinhua in the first round. A win will pit them against 15th seeds Qiu Zihan-Bao Yixin, also of China, in the second round.Tan Aik Quan (right) and Lai Pei Jing are the second ranked mixed pair in Malaysia.

“Our main goal is to make a breakthrough in Guangzhou. We hope to score an upset or two over the higher-ranked pairs,” said Pei Jing.

“We’ve improved quite a bit and are fully prepared for the tournament. 


Wei Feng overcomes Rajiv and faulty scoreboard (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Shuttler Chong Wei Feng’s dream of a grand debut in the World Championships was slightly marred – by a faulty scoreboard – but he did not mind.

The 26-year-old Wei Feng was happy that he accomplished what he had dreamt for many years – seeing action in his first world meet and winning his opening match against England’s Rajiv Ouseph 21-11, 21-15.

The electronic scoreboard broke down during his match but it did not disrupt his rhythm of play. Even after trailing 9-11 in the second game, he managed to step on the gas to seal a win.Malaysia's Chong Wei Feng receiving some words of advice from national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek (right) during his first round match against England's Rajiv Ouseph.

“I had dreamt of playing in my first World Championships for some time. It was not as grand as I had imagined though. Every other tournament had a scoreboard that was working. Here, they did not even have live scoring for some time,” he said in a jest.


World Championships - Don't let it go to waste, says Danish official (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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The future of men doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong hinges on them reaching the final in the World Championships.

However, whether they will be split, dropped or retained, will be decided by the soon to be appointed Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) new coaching director or the coaching and training chairman.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong need to reach the final of the World Championships but their future as a pair are still not guaranteed.

Denmark’s coaching director Finn-Traerup Hansen advocates the continued usage of experienced players.

“I am not sure how far Koo and Tan have declined in their game but they have the experience. In terms of age, they still have many years ahead of them,” said Hansen.

“Danish pairs bloom at a later age but then, they do start late. It is important for the strategist to know how to make use of the “older” players’ experience. In the case of Koo and Tan, I think, their experience can be managed.


Lucky Koo-Tan through to third round without lifting racquet (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Lady luck is shining bright on beleaguered men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the city of light but will they take their chances well?

Yesterday, the duo continued to enjoy another stroke of luck as three pairs withdrew from their quarter to give them a danger-free passage into the quarter-finals of the World Championships.Men's pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong during a training session at the Tianhe Gymnasium. The world No.2 have been given a free ride into the third round following the withdrawal of three other pairs.

After the team managers meeting yesterday, it was confirmed that Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech had withdrawn because Maneepong had been served a three-month ban by the Badminton Association of Thailand for his involvementin an ugly brawl with Bodin Issara at the Canadian Open.

Two others – Germany’s Peter Kaesbauer-Josche Zurworne and India’s Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Akshay Dewalkar – have also pulled out from the tournament.


World No1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei eyes fourth Olympics bid (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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World No1 has shelved retirement plans as he continues the chase for his country's first gold

World badminton number one Lee Chong Wei has set sights on a fourth Olympic campaign in 2016 with an attempt to win the first Olympic gold medal for Malaysia.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist was planning to retire from international competition after the Asian Games in Incheon next year, but the 30-year-old has had a change of heart.

"The plan has been modified," said Lee yesterday at the Sports Institute in Fo Tan where he is in a 10-day training camp before next week's World Championships in Guangzhou.World No1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei eyes fourth Olympics bid

"Next year will be very busy as there will be the Thomas Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, but if I find my form and condition after the Incheon Games and I am injury free, I will give the 2016 Olympic Games a go."




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