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Iskandar has the potential to live up to his name (pic)

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Published: 20 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: In Bahasa Malaysia Alexander the Great is known as Iskandar Zulkarnain.

Unfortunately, unlike the ancient Greek king, Malaysian youngster Iskandar failed to attain greatness in his last Asian Junior Championships, which ended at Stadium Juara on Sunday, after going down in the final to China’s Tian Houwei.

But the disappointment of letting slip an opportunity to be the country’s first Asian junior singles champion is only expected to fuel the fire in Iskandar to conquer the world of badminton one day.Painful loss: Iskandar Zulkarnain broke down when he failed to win the Asian junior title on Sunday.

It is rare to see boys cry in public but the 18-year-old Iskandar showed how much the Asian junior title meant to him when he broke down in the arms of his father Zainuddin after the painful defeat on Sunday.

 

Iskandar, Hong Kheng-Yao Han fall at the final hurdles (pic)

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Published: 20 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia suffered a double dampener when top seeds Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Yew Hong Kheng-Ow Yao Han fell at the final hurdles in the Asian Junior Championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.Tian Houwei (front) beat Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin (back) to win the Asian Junior Championship

Iskandar, 18, dished out his worst performance in the competition to go down 11-21, 18-21 to a fired-up Tian Houwei of China in just 25 minutes in the boys’ singles final.

If that’s not bad enough, the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) pair of Yao Han-Hong Kheng failed to keep Malaysia’s good record in the boys’ doubles when they lost 15-21, 16-21 to Pratama Angga-Rendy Yohanes Sugiarto of Indonesia.

Iskandar’s defeat, however, was the more painful for Malaysia since the lanky shuttler, who has been in such commanding form throughout the tournament, was just a step away from being the first Malaysian to win the singles title in the Asian junior meet.

 

Malaysia clinch three semis spots in the boys’ singles (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia have been short of new talents in the men’s singles department for ages.

Things look set to change follow­ing yesterday’s results in the Asian Junior Championships when four boys entered the quarter-finals of the singles event with Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Mohd Syawal Ismail and Misbun Ramdan Misbun coming out triumphant to reach the semi-finals.Sheer ecstasy: Mohd Syawal Ismail celebrates after beating Hao Hsu-jen of Taiwan in the boys’ singles quarter-finals on Friday.

And 16-year-old Zulfadli Zulkifli could have made it a really glorious day for Malaysian badminton if only he had got the better of China’s top junior Tian Houwei. A lack of stamina and experience saw him going down fighting before losing 21-23, 16-12 in the 50-minute battle.

Earlier, all four had made it a historic day for the nation when they checked into the quarter-finals.

Malaysia never had four boys’ singles players in the last eight of the championships.

Top seed Iskandar will take on Ram­dan today, ensuring one place in the final while Syawal could make it an all-Malaysian affair in the final if he can take down Houwei.

Yesterday, Iskandar was the first to check into the last four but he almost muffed it after struggling to find his form in the first game against Pisit Poodchalat of Thailand.

He was slower than usual against the Thai. But spurred on by the home fans, he got back into the groove to knock out Pisit in a 16-21, 21-13, 21-12 win.

“I am happy to make it to the semi-finals for the first time. I was nervous and my hand was stiff in the first game but fortunately I got back my rhythm,” said Iskandar.

 
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Hong Kheng and Yao Han survive Indon attack to make last four

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Published: 18 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Shuttlers Yew Hong Kheng-Ow Yao Han lived up to their top billing when they defeated Indonesia’s Berry Anggriawan-Muhammad Ulin­nu­ha in the boys’ doubles quarter-finals of the Asian Junior Champion­ships yesterday.

Hong Kheng-Yao Han overcame streams of attack from the Indonesians to chalk up a 21-13, 12-21, 21-15 win at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

The Malaysian pair wrested control in the opening game but the Indonesians upped the ante to clinch the second game. But Hong Kheng-Yao Han prevailed in the rubber to go through to the last four.

 

Chief coach Chenhua fears the worst

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Published: 18 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can still end up without the boys’ singles title in the Asian Junior Champ­ionships despite having three shuttlers in the semi-finals.

That is the fear of the national junior squad’s chief coach Sun Chenhua who is hoping that the players would not turn out to be their own worst enemies.

Yesterday, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Mohd Syawal Ismail and Misbun Ramdan Misbun marched into the semi-finals but China’s top junior Tian Houwei could stop them from winning the country’s first boys’ singles title in the championships.

In the semi-finals today, the National Junior Circuit’s Under-18 champion Iskandar will take on Ramdan while Syawal will square off with Houwei.

Chenhua, who hails from China but has been coaching the Malaysian juniors since 1996, hopes his players would keep their emotion in check.

“I have been here for a long time and we have never had four singles players in the quarter-finals and three in the semi-finals. It is indeed a great achievement from the junior boys (of the Bukit Jalil Sports School),” said Chenhua.

 

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