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V Shem-Khim Wah make it to Malaysian Open semis (pic)

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Published: 17 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: The onus was on Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah to step up and deliver and the pair responded with gusto as they charged into the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The sole Malaysian survivors of the men’s doubles event, V Shem-Khim Wah were in superb form on Friday as they smashed their way past England’s Chris Langridge-Peter Mills 21-16, 21-14 in the quarter-finals.Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah on their way to beating England’s Chris Langridge-Peter Mills 21-16, 21-14 in the quarter-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 17, 2014.

It was just the kind of performance the pair, back together for a third time following several split-ups, needed.

It bettered their quarter-final appearance at the Korean Open last week and it is their best showing at a Super Series event since making the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open last year.

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Momota is the one to watch: Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 17 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei took a dig at the Malaysian juniors after reaching the men’s singles semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

He told them to emulate Japan’s 20-year-old Kento Momota and show progress in their game.

On Friday, the 31-year-old Chong Wei showed that he was back in the groove when he made short work of China’s Du Pengyu with a classy 21-9, 21-15 win in just 34 minutes at Putra Stadium. Japanese singles shuttler Kento Momota is the player to watch. World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen were both singing praises of the 20-year-old.

On Saturday, Chong Wei will take on Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen for a place in final and to keep alive the hope of winning his 10th home title.

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China start planning early for Thomas Cup (pic)

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Published: 17 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: It's only January but it’s no secret that China are already warming up for the Thomas Cup that will be held in New Delhi in May.

China have an abundance of talented singles shuttlers – Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu to name a few.

Despite dominating the world’s premier team event since 2004, China’s men’s doubles has always been perceived as a weak link.China coach Li Yongbo. He has already put measures in place to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

But if anything, China, under the stewardship of renowned head coach Li Yongbo, have already put ahead plans to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

Four-time world champion Fu Haifeng has already started partnering the younger Hong Wei, with the pair reaching the final of the Korean Open last week, before losing to Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

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Yeon-ju aiming for Super Series, Asian Games glory (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: South Korean women’s singles shuttler Bae Yeon-ju has several career highlights.

Making the semi-finals of last year’s world championships and being a part of the of victorious 2010 Uber Cup team are just two of them.

But she’s aiming for much more. The 23-year-old has two goals for this year – to break her duck in the Super Series events as well as win the gold in the Asian Games which will be held in Incheon.Bae Yeon-ju in action against 16-year-old Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the Maybank Malaysian Open quarter-finals. Yeon-ju won 21-15, 21-16.

The crafty left-hander, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, is well on track to achieving her first target after storming into the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Friday.

Yeon-ju, who hails from Gyeongsangnam, showed her mettle as she doused the challenge of 16-year-old Akane Yamaguchi 21-15, 21-16.

It was an impressive performance as the young Japanese has been on a roll, beating world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and compatriot Minatsu Mitani in the first and second round respectively.

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Khairy launches broadside at BAM after continuous failure (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Buck up, BAM!

That is the loud and clear message that Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is sending to the Badminton Association of Malaysia leadership under Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin speaking to the media after chairing the post-mortem of the Myanmar SEA Games. He wants to meet BAM next week to discuss their future.

On Thursday, Khairy voiced his dissatisfaction with the BAM management and players, questioning why a country with a wealth of talents still depended on just one player - world No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei.

Khairy believes that the current leadership under Tengku Mahaleel is not addressing the issue head-on.

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