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What now Koo-Tan? (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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KOO Kien Keat admits that he and Tan Boon Heong have been a letdown in the World Championships but has refused to give more hindsight on their future.

The pair, ranked second in the world, were once again not up to mark and were a major disappointment, easily losing 15-21, 16-21 to South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang in the quarter-finals.Koo Kien Keat (right) and Tan Boon Heong react after losing to South Korea's Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang in the quarter-finals of the World Championships.

It was their fourth defeat in all meetings to the young Korean pair, having also lost in the Malaysian and Japan Open last year and the India Open in April.

That defeat also means that Kien Keat-Boon Heong have failed the task given by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), which is to make the final at least.

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'Own goal' by the BAM (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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THE Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) seem to have “scored an own goal” by booking the return flights for the majority of their players when the World Championships hadn’t even ended?

Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Tee Jing Yi, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho, Chan Peng Soon, Ong Jian Guo and Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing were sent home yesterday after they all failed to get into the quarter-finals of their respective events.

Does that mean BAM never had any faith or confidence in their own players?Liew Daren was beaten in the third round by world No.2 Chen Long of China.

How can BAM expect the players to set lofty targets when the national body themselves don’t believe in them?

How do you think the players would feel, knowing that BAM had booked their return flights well in advance?

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Exciting times for women's singles, says Clark (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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THERE were upsets galore in the third round of the women’s singles in World Championships and popular television commentator Gillian Clark is loving it.India's P.V.Sindhu is a rising star having already defeated two China players en route to making the semi-finals of the World Championships.

“I made a comment a year ago during the London Olympic Games that the women’s singles will be one of the most exciting and that many young shuttlers will rise up to give the Chinese girls a fight. It’s happening now,” she said.

“I can’t wait for the next Olympic Games (in 2016) as the race for the women’s singles will be quite open. It’s certainly great for the game and gives commentators like me a lot to talk about.”

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It's game over Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 09 August 2013
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IT’S all over for the country’s top men’s pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the World Championships – and also for their careers.

Yesterday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong blew their best chance to prolong their partnership when they went down 15-21, 16-21 in 42 minutes to Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang of South Korea in the quarter-finals at the Tianhe Gymnasium.

It was their fourth defeat to the Koreans in the last two years – and one which has the biggest repercussion.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are facing the end of their careers after a poor defeat to South Korea's Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang in the quarter-finals of the World Championships.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had issued them an ultimatum – reach the final or either be dropped or split up. 

It looks like their seven-year plus partnership, which has gone through a dizzying roller-coaster ride, is set to come to a sad end. 

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Keep it up, says Chong Wei

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Published: 09 August 2013
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WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei had some positive words for his successors – Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren, who both bowed out from the World Championships on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Wei Feng had China’s Lin Dan by the throat in the opening game before going on to lose 20-22, 10-21 in the third round while Daren went down 18-21, 15-21 to second seeds Chen Long, also of China.

“Wei Feng did quite well against Lin Dan but could not catch up towards the end. This is his first world meet ... although he’s not that young, he has been playing better and better,” said Chong Wei.

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