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Chong Wei and Lin Dan share unique friendship off the court (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan of China are deadly rivals on the badminton court. But all those years of trying to outdo each other has seen them develop a special bond born of mutual respect.

This great rivalry and unique friendship, on and off the court, is good for the sport, says Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) vice president David Wee.

David, who was the Malaysian team manager for the final leg of the Super Series Tour in Shanghai last week, had the privilege to witness the close relationship behind the rivalry between the world’s two greatest players.Healthy rivalry: Lin Dan sharing a light moment with Lee Chong Wei in the dressing room after their China Open semi-final match last week.

He was quite surprised with Lin Dan’s ‘gentle’ side – especially after the four-time world champion’s 19-21, 21-12, 21-11 win over Chong Wei in the semi-final of the China Open in a match that lasted one hour and 15 minutes.

 

Chance for Hafiz to make a breakthrough (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2011
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PETALING JAYA: KLRC’s Mohd Hafiz Hashim is just one step away from reaching his first semi-finals this year.

Yesterday, the former All-England champion continued his fine form to make the quarter-finals of the Macau Open with a convincing 21-19, 21-13 win over Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the third round.Hafiz: Defeated Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in the third round of the Macau Open yesterday.

Today, he will take on Japan’s Kenichi Tago in a bid to end the rut after struggling throughout the year.

If he continues to get the better of rising youngsters, the 28-year-old Hafiz will surely be considered for the Thomas Cup Finals next year.

There were, however, mixed fortunes for Malaysia in both the men’s and women’s doubles.

In the men’s doubles, only Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Vountus Indra Mawan are left in the fray after KLRC’s Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif crashed out.

 

Razif keen to take up ‘hot seat’ in BAM

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Published: 02 December 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former doubles ace Razif Sidek is one of the big names to have applied for the position of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) high performance director.

Razif delivered the application form to BAM yesterday — six days after the association advertised the vacancy in local newspapers.

Asked why he was interested in the post, Razif, who won the country’s first Olympic medal - a bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games with brother Jalani said: “I hope to bring glory for the nation in the Olympic Games. Let us see how it goes.”

Razif’s good friend Datuk James Selvaraj currently holds the post on a part-time basis. The BAM exco had decided that they wanted a full-time director to chart the course of Malaysian badminton.

James will have to apply for the job if he wishes to continue on a full-time basis. Looks like the battle for the ‘hot seat’ has begun.

 
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Macau Open GP Gold: Simon Santoso beats Wong Wing Ki to enter into Men’s Singles quarter-final (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2011
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Indonesia’s elite shuttler, Simon Santoso continues his impressive form as he has secured a quarter-final berth after beating Wong Wing Ki in the Men’s Singles round-of-16 in the 2011 Macau Open GP Gold, on Thursday, December 1, in Macau.Macau Open GP Gold: Simon Santoso beats Wong Wing Ki to enter into Men’s Singles quarter-final

Santoso, who has occupied the number eight position in the Men’s Singles world rankings, worked really hard to beat the spirited Hong Kong shuttler and emerged as the winner in three games. He consumed 69 minutes to get rid of the stubborn Wing Ki and advanced into the quarter-final.

The opening game was close as both men played aggressive badminton. However, Santoso remained successful in taking the ending points and won the game with a close margin. In the second set, the match remained close as both shuttlers progressed in the game without taking a considerable lead.

 

Macau Open Grand Prix: Lee Hyun Il tames Hsueh Yi Hsuan in the Men’s Singles round-of-16 (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2011
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Korea’s veteran Lee Hyun Il has penetrated into Men’s Singles quarter-final as he has tamed Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Yi Hsuan in the Men’s Singles round-of-16 match of the 2011 Macau Open Grand Prix, in Macau, on Thursday, December 1.

The experienced Lee Hyun, who is currently placed at number 15 in the Men’s Singles rankings, put up superb show against the World Number 34, Yi Hsuan in a straight-set contest. He played with wonderful precision and finished up the game in just 35 minutes without facing strong resistance from his challenger.Macau Open Grand Prix: Lee Hyun Il tames Hsueh Yi Hsuan in the Men’s Singles round-of-16

The Korean played with incredible perfection in the first game and won it with a wonderful margin. In the second game, the Taipei shuttler put up strong resistance but not enough to get rid of Lee Hyun, who finished the second game with a decent score.

 

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