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Showcasing future badminton talents in Naypyitaw (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Malaysia's back-up shuttlers face the litmus test in must-win matches on Thursday to save face in the quarter-finals of the badminton competition of the SEA Games.

For once, all countries in South-East Asia have sent a relatively younger group of players for the Games because some of their top stars are competing in the ongoing BWF World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur. Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in a file photo. All hope is on him in the men's singles category after Chong Wei Feng crashed out in the opening round.

For national singles coach Rashid Sidek, this year’s SEA Games is truly a chance to showcase the country’s future stars.

He said that it would be a true test for most of them and a reflection of the respective countries’ depth in talents starting from Thursday’s quarter-final stage.

“In some cases, it is a straightforward battle among the back-up shuttlers. We will be able to measure whether Indonesia, Thailand or Malaysia are leading the way as far as their future in badminton is concerned,” said Rashid.

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Meng Yean hoping to make dad proud at SEA Games (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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NAYPYITAW: Shuttler Lee Meng Yean, the daughter of a restaurant owner is determined to cook up a storm with her new partner Lim Yin Loo in the women’s doubles.

And for a start, the 19-year-old Meng Yean is ready to give a taste of what can be expected with Yin Loo when they take on Sapsiree Taerattanachai-Putita Supajirakul of Thailand in the quarter-finals of the SEA Games badminton competition on Thursday.

If they win, Meng Yean can be assured of at least one bronze medal in her debut. Lee Meng Yean with her dad Lee Boon Kian. She credits her dad for support and encouragement to keep her training hard to excel as a national shuttler.

The badminton competition started on Monday at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium C but the players were given a break on Wednesday because of the Games’ opening ceremony.

Meng Yean, who graduated from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) to the national team last year, said she was ready to put her wonderful seven-year partnership with Chow Mei Kuan in the past to start afresh with Yin Loo.

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Easy opener for Xuerui in Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s world No. 1 Li Xuerui has recovered from a bout of allergies she picked up during the Denmark Open in October and is ready to defend her Super Series Finals title.

The Olympic champion from China fell ill in Denmark and conceded a walkover to team-mate Wang Shixian, and subsequently withdrew from the French Open.Li Xuerui in a file photo. She easily beat South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju 21-9, 21-7 in just 26 minutes in their BWF Super Series Finals Group B match.

The bubbly 22-year-old however stormed back to win the China Open in November and has managed to keep that momentum going since then.

On Wednesday, Xuerui was simply on fire as she thrashed South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju 21-9, 21-7 in just 26 minutes in their Group B match.

“I had good preparations for this tournament but I really did not expect to win so easily,” said the Chongqing native.

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Easy opener for Xuerui in Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s world No. 1 Li Xuerui has recovered from a bout of allergies she picked up during the Denmark Open in October and is ready to defend her Super Series Finals title.

The Olympic champion from China fell ill in Denmark and conceded a walkover to team-mate Wang Shixian, and subsequently withdrew from the French Open.Li Xuerui in a file photo. She easily beat South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju 21-9, 21-7 in just 26 minutes in their BWF Super Series Finals Group B match.

The bubbly 22-year-old however stormed back to win the China Open in November and has managed to keep that momentum going since then.

On Wednesday, Xuerui was simply on fire as she thrashed South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju 21-9, 21-7 in just 26 minutes in their Group B match.

“I had good preparations for this tournament but I really did not expect to win so easily,” said the Chongqing native.

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Boe-Mogensen want one more Super Series Finals win (pic)

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Published: 11 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 3 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen are looking to end a dismal year by gunning for their fourth straight Super Series Finals title.

The veteran Danish pair were in top form as they tore apart South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae, who are competing in their last tournament as a pair, to win their Group B tie 21-16, 21-19.Danish pair Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen defeated South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae to win their Group B tie 21-16, 21-19.

Boe-Mogensen, buoyed by the win, are now looking forward to their second Group B match against Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa.

The Japanese also got off to a winning start, but not before being given a run for their money by compatriots Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata. Endo-Hayakawa won 19-21, 21-19, 21-12.

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