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Qualifying to Uber Cup will be tough: Sonia (pic)

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Published: 20 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Sonia Cheah is back in training but she foresees a huge challenge for the women’s team qualifying for the Uber Cup Finals next year.

Ironically, Sonia, who returned to Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara this week after almost five months’ break due to an Archilles tendon rupture, is still the country’s top player.

She is ranked 46th in the world while her other team-mates have dropped further in the world standings. The next best is Tee Jing Yi at 71st followed by Yang Li Lian at 94th spot and Lim Chiew Sien at 158th. Sonia Cheah is back in training and is eager to participate in the Malaysian Open in January.

Former international Sanntasah Saniru, who joined a few women singles leaving the national team last year due to various reasons, is at 104th.

Without having many players in the top 60, it will be difficult for Malaysia to qualify for next year’s Uber Cup Finals.

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Wei Feng: I have a chance to win gold (pic)

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Published: 20 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The first time could be a charm for national men’s singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng at the Myanmar SEA Games from Dec 9-14 in Naypyitaw.

It has taken the scrawny Wei Feng eight long years to represent Malaysia in his first major tournament and the 26-year-old is ready to justify his selection by taking the bull by its horns at the biennial Games.

Malaysia last won a men’s singles title at the SEA Games through Mohd Roslin Hashim at the Kuala Lumpur edition in 2001. The first time could be a charm for national men’s singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng at the Myanmar SEA Games from Dec 9-14 in Naypyitaw.

And the hope is now on Wei Feng and his younger compatriot Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin to end the 12-year wait in Myanmar - especially in the absence of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

Wei Feng is all pumped up to make his debut a memorable one.

“I am 26 years old this year and as a senior player, I intend to grab this opportunity to the fullest to bring honour to the nation. This is my first major multi-sport Games and I am excited,” said Wei Feng.

The world No. 17 Wei Feng said that he had several reasons for being a late bloomer.

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Chong Wei v Wei Feng in HK Open (pic)

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Published: 20 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Chong Wei Feng will be out to avoid a beating when he takes on his illustrious senior Lee Chong Wei in the second round of the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Thursday.

On Wednesday, top seed and defending champion Chong Wei and Wei Feng assured one ticket for Malaysia in the quarter-finals when the duo cleared their first round matches in convincing fashion. Chong Wei Feng faces his senior Lee Chong Wei in the Hong Kong Open second round on Nov 21, 2013.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei, who skipped last week’s China Open due to discomfort in his ankle, showed that he was back in the groove by dumping India’s future star K. Srikanth 21-18, 21-14 in just 30 minutes.

Wei Feng, tipped to be his successor, also played superbly when he defeated Japan’s No. 2 player Sho Sasaki 21-8, 21-12 in 36 minutes.

It was sweet revenge for Wei Feng after having lost to the Japanese in the opening round of the French Open just two weeks ago.

The 26-year-old Wei Feng hopes to steal at least one game against world No. 1 Chong Wei on Thursday.

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Win Scottish Open badminton tickets, accommodation (pic)

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Published: 20 November 2013
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MORE THAN 270 players from all over the world will converge on Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from November 20-24 for the Scottish Open Badminton Grand Prix, and you can win the chance to be there.

The event has attracted a star-studded line-up with players representing 31 nations and all five continents.

Scotland’s top players like Yonex French Open quarter-finalist and London Grand Prix Gold runner-up Kirsty Gilmour and former World Championships silver medallists Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair will lead the home challenge.Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour will be in action - enter our competition to win tickets.

They will be up against a host of international stars such as Russia’s current Olympic bronze medallist and former Scottish Open champion Nina Vislova as well as some of the world’s best players from countries including Australia, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, England, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Russia and Singapore.

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Badminton ace Lee Chong Wei to put country before world No 1 ranking (pic)

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Published: 20 November 2013
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Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is ready to trade his world number one ranking to prepare for two major tournaments - next year's Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

"I had a week of treatment before coming here and everything is fine," said Lee, after sailing through the first round of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open yesterday, beating Kidambi Srikanth of India 21-18, 21-14.

"But I will play less on the tour next year to gain more rest as I have to prepare for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. I will need to avoid aggravating my ankle injury that sustained in May last year. Lee Chong-wei reaches for a return during his opening match against India's Kidambi Srikanth at the Hong Kong Open.

"I will decide with my coach what tournaments I will play and, although playing less may affect my world ranking, it is not so important as I have occupied the world number one spot for more than four years now.

"Other than just playing, there is also travel involved on the tour, which puts a lot of pressure on me, mentally and physically," he said.

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