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National coach Cheh Chang to assess back-up players at KL Open (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National coach Pang Cheh Chang (pic) will use the Kuala Lumpur Open, which begins at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras on Wednesday, to evaluate the pairings in the men’s doubles department.

Cheh Chang is back in the national team after serving at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) for the last nine months. He will be working with Paulus Firman.Pang Cheh Chang is back in the national team after serving at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) for the last nine months.

“I have lost touch with the players from the national team after working at the BJSS for the last nine months,” said Cheh Chang, who was in the national team before the demotion.

“I need some time to assess these players and the KL Open is a perfect platform to watch them. I intend to help Paulus by taking care of the back-up players.

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June Wei following Chong Wei's path (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Cheam June Wei and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei have something significant in common – both were trained by the same coach, Teh Peng Huat in Penang, during their younger days.

While Chong Wei has gone on to make his name on the international stage, Singapore International Under-17 champion June Wei is just waiting in the wings to do the same.

And on Saturday, the 16-year-old showed that he is on the right track when he reached the final of the boys’ singles for the first time in Division Two of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras. Cheam June Wei will face Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi in the KL Open boys' singles in Division Two.

He defeated R. Satheishtharan 21-12, 19-21, 21-16 in 50 minutes to make a strong claim for a place in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.

His compatriot Satheishtharan, also 16, did well to keep pace but the Penangite showed more fire in the belly to book a final date with Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi on Sunday.

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Ramdan thriving under dad Misbun's tutelage (pic)

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Published: 04 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: After just nine months of training under his father Misbun Sidek, Ramdan is looking physically fitter.

And on Saturday, reigning national champion Ramdan will use his speed and power to try and pull the rug from under top seed Chong Wei Feng in the men’s singles semi-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras.

On Friday, Ramdan flexed his muscles en route to beating good friend Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-14, 22-20 in 43 minutes. It was his first win over Iskandar in eight meetings.Misbun Ramdan Misbun says he has improved a lot and is learning a lot from his dad.

“I have lost to him seven times before but, today, I was able to pull through. I guess he was more pressured playing under the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) banner,” said independent shuttler Ramdan.

He also said that he was relishing training under his father Misbun, who quit as the national singles coach in 2011.

“Under my dad’s tutelage, I have really improved a lot. Physically, I am stronger now. But there is so much to learn from him. I am just getting all warmed up now,” said Ramdan.

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Ramdan a changed man (pic)

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Published: 04 October 2013
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MISBUN Ramdan Misbun, after spending most of his time competing in Europe, made a winning return to local competition at the Kuala Lumpur Open yesterday.

Looking physically stronger and standing at 1.8m, Ramdan easily defeated national player Goh Giap Chin 21-11, 21-15 to reach the second round at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium.Misbun Ramdan Mohamed Misbun beat Goh Giap Chin 21-11, 21-15 in the first round of the Kuala Lumpur Open yesterday.

Ramdan made heads turn after becoming national champion at the age of 21 last year and then dropped a bombshell by leaving BAM to rejoin his father Misbun Sidek in training.

Since then, he was only confined to playing in minor tournaments in Europe where he won the lowly Hellas, Slovenia and Portugal International to be ranked World No 44.

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Friendship can wait (pic)

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Published: 04 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Rising singles stars Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Misbun Ramdan Misbun forged a bond of friendship when they were training under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) banner last year. 

On Friday, however, they will turn foes when they face each other in the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras. Misbun Ramdan Misbun will face Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in the quarter-finals of the KL Open on Friday.

This is their first meeting in a tournament since Ramdan left the BAM set-up to seek newer challenges under the guidance of his father Misbun as an independent shuttler. 

National singles coach Rashid Sidek predicts an evenly-contested match. 

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