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Sole survivor Iskandar in last eight (pic)

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Published: 07 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Boosted by his selection into the SEA Games squad, back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin stormed into the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Korean Open Grand Prix Gold in convincing fashion.

On Thursday, Iskandar stayed focused throughout the game to beat Ha Young-woong of South Korea 21-17, 21-16 in 40 minutes in the third round to set up a meeting with 11th seed Tian Houwei of China.Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnian returns a shot to Tian Houwei of China in the Asian Youth Championships in 2011. He meets Houwei again for a place in the semi-finals at the Korean Open GP Gold on Friday.

National coach Hendrawan hopes that Iskandar would be able to pass the real test on Friday against Houwei.

“Iskandar played well today (Thursday) and was in control of the game from the start. The next match will reflect his true ability. He will be up against Houwei, who is from his batch,” said Hendrawan.

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Vivian psyched to play mixed doubles (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo is fired up about playing mixed doubles matches alongside Tan Wee Kiong.

The doubles coaches – Paulus Firman, Pang Cheh Chang and Jeremy Gan – have decided to let Wee Kiong partner Vivian in the mixed doubles in a bid to strengthen the entire doubles squad.Vivian Hoo: ' I believe that competing in the mixed doubles will make me a more complete player.'

And Vivian who dabbled in the mixed doubles category as a junior, picking up a bronze in the 2008 World Junior Championships with Mak Hee Chun, believes that trying out in the mixed partnership will only help her improve in the women’s doubles where she partners Woon Khe Wei.

“It’s been a while since I actually took mixed doubles seriously but there is no harm trying,” said Vivian.

“I believe that competing in the mixed doubles will make me a more complete player ... since I’ll need to revert from my regular role of playing at the back, with Khe Wei, to covering the front.

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Mixed pair to focus on Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s confirmed. Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will skip the SEA Games in Myanmar to play in the BWF’s World Super Series Finals next month.

The SEA Games badminton competition in Myanmar is from Dec 9-14 while the Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur is from Dec 11-15.

After weighing the pros and cons, national mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan decided to let Peng Soon-Liu Ying skip the SEA Games and focus on qualifying for the Super Series Finals.Malaysia's top mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will not play in the SEA Games, but instead concentrate on qualifying for next month's Super Series Finals

Peng Soon-Liu Ying will now join Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the Finals.

“It was a toss-up between the SEA Games and the Super Series Finals for Peng Soon-Liu Ying. Now, we can see clearly that they have a good chance of making the cut for the Finals. So, I’ve dropped their names from the SEA Games squad,” said Jeremy.

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Korean GP Gold: Iskandar scrapes through first round (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Boosted by the prospect of participating in the Myanmar SEA Games, national backup shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin rallied from a slow start to check into the second round of the Korean Open GP Gold in Jeonju City on Tuesday.

World No. 65 Iskandar, who was given the nod ahead of an underperforming Liew Daren for the SEA Games, was not at his best as he was taken the full distance by Asian Junior runner-up Jeon Hyuk-jin of South Korea before winning 22-20, 17-21, 21-18.Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin beat Asian Junior runner-up Jeon Hyuk-jin of South Korea 22-20, 17-21, 21-18 in the first round of the Korean Open GP Gold.

The lanky shuttler, who himself was an Asian Junior runner-up in 2009, will surely need to step up his game if he is to shoulder Malaysia’s medal hopes in Myanmar alongside world No. 17 Chong Wei Feng.

Iskandar, who reached the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open GP Gold in May, will next face Thailand’s Parinyawat Thongnuam in the second round.

And singles coach Hendrawan believes that Iskandar will only get better from here.

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No Games, no cry for Daren (pic)

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Published: 04 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Liew Daren is not overly concerned about being replaced by back-up player Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin for the Myanmar SEA Games next month.

In fact, Daren welcomes the decision as it means he can now focus on fully recovering from a niggling foot injury.

The injury restricted his court movements and resulted in first-round exits at the recent back-to-back Opens in Denmark and France.Malaysia shuttler Liew Daren said not playing in the SEA Games next month will allow him to fully recover from a persistent foot injury.

He conceded a walkover to P. Kashyap of India at the Denmark Open in Odense and lost to Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand at the French Open in Paris.

As a result, his world ranking dropped from No. 20 to No. 29.

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