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Badminton doubles pair back together again (pic)

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Published: 05 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttler Lim Khim Wah will pair up with Goh V Shem for the third time – after two break-ups over the last three years.

The move may seem questionable but reigning Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold champions Khim Wah and V Shem have decided to give their partnership another chance after a meeting with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Monday. Goh V Shem (left) and Lim Khim Wah will re-united for the second time in January next year after their partnership was broken up two months ago

Khim Wah and V Shem, who went to Kelantan to meet the president, have decided to put their differences aside. The duo had, in the past, blamed each other for their losses.

Khim Wah and V Shem will play with their current partners – Ow Yao Han and Teo Kok Siang respectively – at the Myanmar SEA Games from Dec 10-14 and will re-team next year - starting with the Korean and Malaysian Opens.

BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai confirmed on Thursday that the duo would start playing as a pair once again while BAM competitions chairman Dr Koay Ban Hing confirmed that he had entered their names for the Korean Open next year.

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2013 has been my best season, says PV Sindhu (pic)

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Published: 04 December 2013
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World No.6 Saina has almost completed the season without a single title while her fellow Hyderabadi Sindhu, World No.11, became the first Indian female to win a singles medal at the World Championships and broke into the world top-10 for a brief period.

Sindhu, who was conferred with the Arjuna Award in September, also won two Grand Prix Gold titles in 2013, the latest being the Macau Open she bagged on Sunday.I don't fear anyone, says Sindhu after gold in Macau

For the 18-year-old, the season remains her "best till date". "I believe this was the best season I have had till date. I won two titles to add to the World Championship bronze," Sindhu said.

Sindhu's first Grand Prix title came in May at the Malaysia Open. She followed it up with the World Championship bronze in August in Guangzhou, China, and finished the year on a high in Macau

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No Super Series Finals for Thien How-Wee Kiong (pic)

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Published: 03 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Reigning Macau Open champions Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong did not get the lucky break they were hoping for when none of the eight qualifiers withdrew from the BWF World Super Series Finals.

On Monday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) published the official list for the Finals, to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Sta­dium from Dec 11-15, and all the top eight men’s doubles shuttlers have confirmed their participation. England's mixed doubles pair Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White have qualified for the season-ending BWF World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 11-15.

They are Indonesia’s Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setia­wan; Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Ha­­yakawa and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata; South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang; China’s Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan; Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen; and Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

Thien How-Wee Kiong were in eighth position after their strong performances in the penultimate leg of the 12-leg series at the China Open last month when they reached the final.

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Doubles shuttler Pei Jing: We’re in it to win it (pic)

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Published: 03 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The sweet face of mixed doubles shuttler Lai Pei Jing has brightened up just a few days before the SEA Games in Myanmar.

Pei Jing, who turned 21 in August, now believes that she has a chance to win a medal with her partner Tan Aik Quan.

There are two reasons for her optimism: the absence of two top mixed pairs from Indonesia and her own new-found confidence. National mixed doubles pair Lai Pei Jing-Tan Aik Quan will try to make the most out of the top pairs absence from the SEA Games to win a medal when the competition starts on Dec 10.

Indonesia’s formidable mixed doubles pairs – reigning world champions Ahmad Tantowi-Lilyana Natsir and siblings Markis Kido-Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth – have confirmed their participation in the BWF World Super Series Finals from Dec 11-15 at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras.

They will not compete in the SEA Games badminton competition from Dec 10-14 in Nayphitaw because it clashes with the lucrative US$500,000 (RM1.6mil) Finals.

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Vietnam's leading badminton player eyes SEA Games trophy (pic)

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Published: 03 December 2013
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VietNamNet Bridge – He may have amassed a collection of international titles, but Viet Nam's top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh is still missing a men's singles gold from the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The biennial tournament, the largest in the region, is approaching, and the world No 8 is expected to produce something special as top seed.Lift off: Vietnamese badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh rises to execute a mash. The 30-year-old player desperately seeks his first golden medal at the Southeast Asian Games.

The door for Minh is wide open because his main rivals will be occupied at the Super Series Finals for the top eight players in the world that will be held in Malaysia at the same time. Southeast Asian players in the top 8, including world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, No 5 Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia and No 7 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand plan to skip the Myanmar Games to focus on the year-end tournament.

Minh's main opponents will be world No 12 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand, No 13 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and No 16 Wei Feng Chong from Malaysia.

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