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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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Yin Loo ready for double duty at SEA Games (pic)

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Published: 27 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: An injury-free Lim Yin Loo is ready for double duty in the badminton competition at the Myanmar SEA Games from Dec 9-14.

The 25-year-old Yin Loo is the only woman player in the badminton squad who will feature in two events at the biennial Games – doubles and mixed doubles.

She will partner Lee Meng Yean in the women’s doubles and Ong Jia Guo in the mixed doubles. Lim Yin Loo (left) is partnering Lee Meng Yean in the women's doubles event at the Myanmar SEA Games.

She was teamed up with 19-year-old Meng Yean after her partnership with Goh Liu Ying was ended in August. Liu Ying decided to focus only on the mixed doubles as she did not want to risk getting injured.

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Tame show by SEA Games badminton squad in Macau (pic)

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Published: 27 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s SEA Games squad suffered a blow when a host of them tumbled out in the first round of the Macau Open GP Gold on Wednesday.

Men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang were the biggest culprits, losing to China’s youngsters Huang Kaixiang-Zheng Si Wei 11-21, 15-21.

It was a disappointing result for the pair, particularly V Shem, who has loads of experience competing in Super Series events.Woon Khe Wei (front) and Vivian Hoo were one of the few bright spots for Malaysia at the Macau Open as they won their doubles match in straight sets against Thai opponents on Wednesday.

The pair, who are expected to lead the challenge in Naypyitaw next month, were way below par and Malaysia should not place too much hope on them to deliver at the SEA Games.

The young Chinese pair, meanwhile, will go on to face top seeds Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin of Taiwan in the second round.

Mixed doubles fourth seeds Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo were the next to fall, going down 18-21, 11-21 in just 29 minutes to Taiwan’s Chen Hung Ling-Lee Chia Hsin.

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Iskandar makes second round in Macau Open (pic)

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Published: 27 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: SEA Games-bound shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin easily cleared the men’s singles first round at the Macau Open GP Gold tournament on Tuesday.

Iskandar took just 15 minutes to dispose of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nicholas Bonkowsky, winning 21-6, 21-7.

He will take on compatriot Ikmal Hussai Jaafar, who received a walkover following eighth seed Indian Anand Pawar’s pull-out, in the second round.Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin advanced to the second round of the Macau Open after easily beating Trinidad & Tobago's Nicholas Bonkowsky in straight sets on Tuesday.

Zulfadli Zulkiffli, the 2011 world junior champion, also reached the second round after scoring an upset win over 13th seed Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand.

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BAM, listen up! (pic)

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Published: 27 November 2013
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EXCLUSIVE: FORMER Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Elyas Omar flashed a big smile as he wheeled himself into his office on the eve of his 77th birthday.

Smartly dressed in silky purple batik, the wheelchair-bound Elyas showed that he has not lost his charm nor his charisma as one of the most decorated, successful and influential leaders, administrators and mentors.Tan Sri Elyas Omar: ' It has been more than 20 years since we won the Thomas Cup. I think it is time to rebuild a strong team and stop focusing too much on individual pursuit and glory.'

The man, who has been behind the success of many city council initiatives and even breakthroughs in sports – mainly badminton and football, was sharp and witty as he recollected all the past memories over several decades under his leadership.

The twinkle in his eye however, dimmed when he spoke about Malaysia’s future in badminton.

Elyas, who was the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president from 1985-1993 and who was one of the key men behind the nation’s success in winning the Thomas Cup in 1992 at Stadium Negara, said that drastic changes were needed to take Malaysian badminton out of the doldrums.

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