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Coach: Thien How-Wee Kiong need more punch in attack

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Newly appointed coach Paulus Firman has yet to complete one month at work but he already knows what is holding back Malaysia’s second ranked pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong from achieving a breakthrough – their toothless attacking game.

And he plans to give them more bite so they can live up to their status as one of the top 10 men’s doubles pairs in the world.

Elite shuttlers Thien How-Wee Kiong, who are currently ranked 10th in the world, have not won any Open titles and their best achievement was a semi- final finish in the Japan Open last year.

However, hopes are high on the duo making a breakthrough at the All-England from March 5-10.

Paulus, who had a chance of observing Thien How-Wee Kiong during the Indonesian Super League and also in training, said that the duo had the potential but their attacking forte must improve.


Nagging knee pain makes Liu Ying feel ‘old’ like daddy

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Top mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying feels “old” – like her father – Goh Chak Wee.

“He is 56 years old and has knee pains. That is understandable for his age. I am half his age and I have knee pains too. I feel old,” quipped the 23-year-old Liu Ying.

Indeed, a nagging knee problem has been holding back Liu Ying’s bid, to take her partnership with Chan Peng Soon to greater heights.

But the iron lady has vowed to push it through the pain barrier.

She has one more stem cell injection to take before she leaves for back-to-back outings in the German Open Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim from Feb 26-March 3 and the All-England in Birmingham from March 5-10.

“I have to take six jabs in total and I have completed five. It is not a pleasant procedure but I have to go through it. Fortunately, I am left with one more,” said Liu Ying.


Year of the Snake duo eye spots in World Championships (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Men’s doubles partner Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem were born in the Year of the Snake and enjoyed quite a fruitful time in the just-ended Year of the Dragon.

But now that the Year of the Snake is back, the duo are hoping that their partnership will be even more successful.

The 23-year-olds did not drop a single game in all their six wins as they inspired the Malaysian Tigers Badminton Club to reach the final of the Indonesian Super League on Saturday.Confident: Men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem (right) and Lim Khim Wah are hoping that their partnership will be even more successful in the Year of the Snake.

The duo also put up a creditable show to reach the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Korean and Malaysian Opens last month.

This clearly shows that their partnership is well and truly back on track after they had gone separate ways for six months last year.

And now, the duo are determined to confirm their tickets for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, by continuing with their good show in the German Open (Feb 26-March 3), All-England (March 5-10) and Swiss Open (March 12-17).


Chin Chai hopes BWF will offer prize money for world meet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have declared that they will be making “tens of millions” in revenue from commercial rights in the next cycle from 2014-2018.

And Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai hoped that they would channel some of it to the annual World Championships as prize money in a bid to make the tournament more appealing.

This year’s World Championships will be held in Guangzhou in August while Denmark will host it next year.

The world meet is held annually, except for the Olympic Games year, and is the second most prestigious tournament in the BWF’s calendar after the Olympics.

The world meet, however, does not offer prize money.


Tigers go down fighting in Surabaya (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 February 2013
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MALAYSIA Tigers' hopes of becoming the first foreign team to win the Djarum Superliga was dashed by Musica Champion who prevailed with a 3-2 victory in the final in Surabaya yesterday.

Tigers had beaten Musica Champions with the same margin in the group stage on Monday but the hosts held their nerves to secure the title after a five-hour battle.Malaysia Tigers’ Chong Wei Feng defeated Musica Champion’s Lee Hyun Il 21-15, 21-19 yesterday.

Musica were heading for an easy victory after securing the first singles through Tommy Sugiarto who defeated Liew Daren 11-21, 21-14, 21-16.

Rian Sukmawan-Rendra Wijaya pressed the advantage when they beat Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How 16-21, 21-19, 21-11 but Chong Wei Feng ensured Tigers were not ready to bow out without a fight.




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