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Malaysia open 2008: Koo-Tan lose to Danes (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 January 2008
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VETERANS Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng advanced to the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open badminton championships but the celebrations were muted following the shocking exit of defending champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

The signs were already there when the world number one pair struggled to beat third-ranked Indonesians Hendra Gunawan-Joko Riyadi in their opening match on Wednesday. 

And their worst fears came true when they crashed 19-21, 21-18, 16-21 to former world champions Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark in the second round. 

This is the second successive time that they have failed to make it past the early rounds of a Super Series tournament. Kien Keat-Boon Heong lost to Taiwan’s Tsai Chia-hsin-Hu Chung-shien in the second round of the China Open last November. 

This time, Boon Heong proved to be the weak link and it was no surprise to see the Danish pair going on to claim victory in 59 minutes.

 

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Malaysia's Tan Boon Heong (front) and Koo Kien Keat return a shot from Denmark's Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen during Malaysia Open badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur January 17, 2008.

 
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Unbelievable: Denmark's Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen celebrate their win over Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong during the second round of the Malaysian Open. The Danish pair won 21-19, 18-21, 21-16.

 
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Malaysia open 2008: World class badminton singles players in short supply in Indonesia

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 January 2008
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 KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's chances of producing men's singles world champions in the near future look bleak, Taufik Hidayat's coach Mulyo Handoyo has said.
 
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Malaysia open 2008: Minh goes out of Malaysia Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 January 2008
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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam No 1 Nguyen Tien Minh suffered a first-round defeat in the Proton Malaysia Open Super Series to Poland's top player Przemyslaw Wacha in three sets yesterday.

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Nguyen Tien Minh.

 

Malaysia open 2008: Chong Wei overcomes fever and Hafiz in first round (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 January 2008
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AN overnight fever did not stop national number one Lee Chong Wei from reaching the second round of the Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. 

Seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann and KLRC Bhd’s Sairul Amar Ayob gave better performances in their chase to win valuable Olympic ranking points and joined Chong Wei in the second round. 

The top seeded Chong Wei, who is now ranked number two in the world and virtually assured of a place in the Beijing Games, had to dig deep into his reserves to beat compatriot Mohd Hafiz Hashim 21-17, 21-16 in a 35-minute match. 

Hafiz dished out a good attacking game, which had been missing from his armoury for some time. But a lack of fitness let him down. 

Chong Wei will be up against Poland’s Wacha Przemyslaw today and he said that he expected a tough match.

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Dispute: South Korea’s Park Sung-hwan (right) protesting against a decision while Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat looks on during their first round match in the Malaysian Open badminton championships at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Wednesday. Taufik won 15-21, 22-20, 21-16.

 

Malaysia open 2008: Taufik sent tumbling out of Malaysian Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 January 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat tumbled out of the Malaysian Open Super Series after losing 21-18 21-16 to Indonesian compatriot Simon Santoso in the second round on Thursday.
 
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