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Wei Feng stuns Boonsak as other Malaysians fall by the wayside

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Published: 14 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: National back-up shuttler Chong Wei Feng pulled off a stunning win over world No. 26 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the first round of the China Masters in Changzhou.

Wei Feng, however, had to battle back from a game down to beat the Thai 11-21, 21-16, 21-12 to set up a second round meeting against seventh seed Wang Zhengming of China.

It will be interesting to see what the 25-year-old Wei Feng has up his sleeves against the world No. 16 Zhengming, who came out triumphant when the two met in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open in June.

Wei Feng was the only saving grace for Malaysia yesterday as the others – men’s singles players Liew Daren and Mohd Hafiz Hashim and men’s doubles back-up pair Chan Peng Soon-Ong Jian Guo crashed out in the opening round.


Yin Fun making inroads under no-nonsense Mew Choo (pic)

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Published: 14 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: It looks like Wong Mew Choo’s coaching style has struck a chord with girls’ singles shuttler Lim Yin Fun.

The second-seeded Yin Fun beat Thailand’s Natcha Wongchana-chart 21-16, 21-8 to move into the quarter-finals of the Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 tournament at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

Her next opponent is another Thai, eight seed Pornpawee Chochuwong – a player she has not met before.Helping hand: Lim Yin fun (right) getting some advice from coach Wong Mew Choo during her match at Juara Stadium Thursday.

“I’m happy with the win but wer’e now in the last 16 and competition is getting tighter. My next opponent likes to attack, so I’ll have to be wary and stick to my game plan,” said Yin Fun.

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Malaysian’s future in the balance after losing in qualifier

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Published: 12 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Chan Kwong Beng, one of Malaysia’s longest serving back-up shuttlers, crashed out of the China Masters as the host nation showed that they have plenty in the tank for the future – with four of their fresh faces marching into the main draw in Changzhou.

The 24-year-old Kwong Beng, who has come through the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) development programme since he was in Form 1, lost 14-21, 14-21 to China’s Chen Yuekun in the second round of the qualifying tournament yesterday.

Yuekun will be joined by compatriots Zhou Wenlong, Qiao Bin and Gao Huan in the first round of the main draw today and the youngsters’ domination just goes to show that China have enough in reserves to make their presence felt as the new Olympic cycle unfolds ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The China Masters is the first major tournament after the last month’s London Olympic Games.

The defeat has put Kwong Beng’s future in the national team in the balance.

His defeat is not surprising as Kwong Beng had earlier requested for a switch of coaches. He wanted BAM to let him leave Rashid Sidek and to train under Hendrawan in a bid to revive his badminton career.


Kejian’s return raises standard of youngsters

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Published: 11 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The return of China’s Zhou Kejian as the boys’ singles badminton coach at Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) has seen a sharp rise in the standard of youngsters Soong Joo Ven and Soo Teck Zhi.

Today, the duo will get the chance to show their potential when they compete in the inaugural Malaysia International Youth Under-19 tournament at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

Kejian was BJSS coach from 1992-2006 before leaving for Macau. The 62-year-old was re-hired one-and-a-half years ago to strengthen BAM’s junior programme at the school.


Seu Bock thinks Chong Wei will live up to his billing in 2012 Japan Open – Badminton News (pic)

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Published: 11 September 2012
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Badminton ace Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is all set to resume his activities on the court in the Japan Open and national Singles coach Tey Seu Bock believes that the maestro will employ all of his brilliance and experience to raise country’s flag in this Super Series.

World Number two shuttler will be swinging his arms being the top seeded contender as Lin Dan is not going to grace the event with his presence.Lee Chong Wei has a big chance of winning the Japan Open

The other prominent contenders will be World Number three Chinese shuttler Chen Long, the veteran Dane Peter Gade and Kenichi Tago of Japan.

However, Seu Bock is positive that Chong Wei will cruise to victory without any trouble as he has been preparing under the worst conditions.

The badminton guru also added that the top Malaysian shuttler is in high spirits to claim the Japan Open title after losing a gold medal in 2012 London Games.




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