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Malaysia assured of at least silver from women doubles (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: While others crumbled, lanky shuttlers Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo stood solid to save the blushes for Malaysia by checking into the women’s doubles final at Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C.

The duo fought valiantly for 74 minutes to beat Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei 23-21, 17-21, 21-17 in the semi-finals for the very first time in three meetings.

They are the only Malaysian pair left in the competition after the exit of three others – mixed doubles pair Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing and men’s doubles pairs Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang and Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han. Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo  are the only Malaysians who made it to the badminton finals at the SEA Games.

On Saturday, the girls will take on the formidable Nitya Krishinda-Greysia Polii in the final. The Indonesians were superb in their 21-7, 21-11 win over Thailand’s T. Sapsiree-Puttita Supajirakul on Friday.

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Badminton: Maneepong marks return with final date (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Thai shuttler Maneepong Jongjit showed that he has put his three-month ban behind him by reaching the final of the mixed doubles event at the SEA Games.

On Friday, the 22-year-old Maneepong and his partner T. Sapsiree displayed an indomitable spirit en route to a sensational 21-15, 21-17 win over Malaysia’s Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing in the semi-finals.

They will take on top seeds Mohd Rijal-Debby Susanto of Indonesia, who prevented an all-Thai final after disposing of Nipitphon Puangpuapech-Puttita Supajirakul 21-11, 18-21, 21-19 in the other semi-final. Maneepong Jongjit has bounced back after a three-month ban by reaching the final of the mixed doubles at the SEA Games with partner T. Sapsiree.

Maneepong was happy that he has returned well to competitive play after the dark period in his badminton career.

He was banned for three months following an ugly brawl with his former partner Bodin Isara during the Canada Open in July. Bodin, who punched and kicked Maneepong, was severely punished with a two-year ban.

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V Shem, Khim Wah back together … for good (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: National men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah are excited to resume their partnership after ending their short stint – with back-up pairs – on a sour note at the SEA Games badminton competition.

On Friday, V Shem-Teo Kok Siang slumped to a 17-21, 18-21 defeat to Berry Angriawan-Suwardi Karanda of Indonesia while Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han lost 16-21, 15-21 to Rian Agung Saputra-Angga Pratama, also of Indonesia. Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah in a file photo. The duo are glad to pair up again after playing with back-up players for the last three months.

V Shem-Khim Wah have been playing with the back-up players for the last three months after they decided to part ways due to personal differences.

This is the third time they will be pairing up over the last three years.

The 24-year-old Khim Wah said that he did not expect to go far with debutant Yao Han in the SEA Games because of his partner’s inexperience.

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Danish pair beat world champs to top group (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Friday the 13th is usually unlucky, or so they say.

But it didn’t matter to Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

The tenacious Danes played a superb balanced game to rack up a 21-11, 16-21, 21-15 win over the world No. 1 from China.

It was their first win in five attempts and it earned them top spot in Group B.Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

“I thought we played really well. We had to play if we wanted to beat the world champions,” said Pedersen with a wide grin.

“This is a special win for us ... beating the Chinese pair for the first time.

“I’m also hoping to be just as lucky in the mixed doubles ... to go for my second world champion scalp,” added Pedersen, who will partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen against Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

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Hoon-Tan go down fighting in Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 13 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: There was only heartbreak for Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong when a late surge failed to prevent them from crashing out of the Super Series Finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras.

World No. 8 Thien How-Wee Kiong needed a win against South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang to book their semi-final spot.

Instead, a poor start put paid to their hopes despite a fighting 18-21, 20-22 loss to Ki-jung-Sa-rang.Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong who beat All-England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan on Thursday (pic) could not repeat the feat as they crashed out of the Super Series Finals after losing to South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang on Friday.

Still, Thien How-Wee Kiong, who defeated All-England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan on Thursday, can walk tall as their fighting display won over the crowd, who gave them a standing ovation.

“Losing is never nice ... but I’m happy with the level of our performance in this tournament,” said Wee Kiong.

“I think we were too rushed and not patient enough in waiting for the kill.

“But we’re happy that we’re back playing at the top level . It’s good ... but we can definitely still improve.

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