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Chong Wei keeps flag flying in Seoul

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Published: 16 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are left with Lee Chong Wei and former national doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah to keep the fire going in cold Seoul after the second round matches of the Korean Open yesterday.

After a jittery start on the opening day, top seed Chong Wei gave a better account of himself , taking only 20 minutes to beat Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsul 21-14, 21-9 yesterday to set up a quarter-final match against Park Sung-hwan.

The Korean will be out to avenge his defeat by the world number one in the Malaysia Open final last Sunday.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek said that he was glad to see Chong Wei warming up to the task in Seoul.

“He is getting better and showed the vast difference in standard between him and the young Thai today. But the toughest job is to beat a Korean on his home ground,” he said in a telephone interview.

“Sung-hwan will have the extra motivation to please his fans and he may get some form of help from the line judges. From past experience in South Korea, line calls favouring home players can be a problem and Chong Wei has to be psychologically ready for the challenges tomorrow.”

 

Pei Tty-Eei Hui feel they are not the real world No.1 yet (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui made it to the top of the world rankings for the first time in their careers but they were not jumping for joy.

In the Badminton World Fede-ration (BWF) ranking list yesterday, Pei Tty-Eei Hui moved one rung up to replace China’s Olympic champions Du Jing-Yu Yang as the No. 1.Not there yet: Wong Pei Tty (left) and Chin Eei Hui replaced China’s Du Jing-Yu Yang as the top women’s pair in the world.

 

Kirsty wins silver medal in Belgium (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 January 2009
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BOTHWELL teenager Kirsty Gilmour provided a glimpse of her increasing potential last week by reaching the womens final at the Belgian junior badminton international tournament - despite being unseeded.

The 15-year-old performed well above expectation at the tournament in Liege before being edged out by top seed Leanne Tan of Belgium, losing 21-15, 21-18.

Scotlands junior high-performance coach Diana Koleva was impressed by Kirstys showing and said: This was an excellent performance by Kirsty, especially when you consider she is still only 15 and this was her first European Junior Circuit under-19 event.

Kirsty, who has been named in Scotlands preliminary squad for the European Junior Championships in Italy this April, has several major events ahead of her this year.

The Scottish Institute of Sport student took part in the EBU Gold tournament in York on January 3 and 4, reaching the semi-finals. She will compete in the Yonex Scottish National Championships in Perth from January 30-February 1, playing at senior level.

 

KOREA OPEN: Chong Wei in cruise control

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 January 2009
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THE listless play of the first round was a thing of the past as Lee Chong Wei cruised into the quarter-finals of the Korea Open in Seoul yesterday.

Up next for him is local favourite Park Sung Hwan but if yesterday’s form is any indication, a place in the semi-finals belongs to the Malaysian.

Chong Wei was ruthless as he thrashed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 21-14, 21-9 in just 20 minutes.

It will be a repeat of the Malaysia Open final against Sung Hwan, who also had an impressive 21-12, 21-4 win over Japan’s Sho Sasaki in 21 minutes.

Sung Hwan will be seeking revenge but Chong Wei will be unperturbed as he has lost only lost once in nine meetings with the Korean.
However, World No 1 Chong Wei can’t expect to have it as easy as he did in the , the World No 1, had an easy 21-14, 21-13 win in the Malaysia Open final, today as but it won’t be that easy today as Sung Hwan will be looking to capitalise on home ground advantage.

National singles coach Rashid Sidek, in a telephone interview from Seoul, said Chong Wei has set a high standard for himself and must be ready to face the challenge.

“Chong Wei has the advantage in terms of past meetings and has just beaten him. (in the Malaysia Open). Chong Wei has set high standards and he must safeguard his reputation,” said Rashid.

“It is definitely going to be tougher this time as Sung Hwan will be banking on home ground advantage but as a top player, Chong Wei must be prepared to face challenges in every situation.

“Winning against Sung Hwan is almost certain to give him a place in the final as he only has to face either Chan Yan Kit (of Hong Kong) or (Poland’s Przemyslaw) Wacha in the last four.

“He played well in the second round today (yesterday) and the opponent wasn’t strong but it will be different in the quarter-finals.”
 

Our doubles players now show positive attitude

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei’s feat in winning the home Open for the fifth time was not the only highlight of the performances of the Malay­­­­sian shuttlers in the championships, which ended at the Putra Sta­­dium in Bukit Jalil here on Sunday.

It will also be remembered for the positive attitude showed by the doubles players even though none of the pairs got past the quarter-finals.

The elite doubles players, especially Tan Boon Heong, showed maturity while the many back-up pairs displayed strong fighting spirit. And the positive signs augur well for Malaysian badminton this year.

Boon Heong showed that he has stepped out of the shadows of his more illustrious partner, Koo Kien Keat, when he spoke with confidence on their quarter-final elimination by eventual champions Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung of South Korea.

He gave good analysis of the game. In the past, he would often stay mum and left the talking to the flamboyant Kien Keat.

National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky was delighted with Boon Heong’s growing confidence.

“He is a more mature player now. He is a world-class player and knows what is expected from him. He is brave to voice his opinion. And that is really good,” said Rexy.

“Tan was the master and took many initiatives in the match against the Koreans. Koo lost a little of his magic touches. But both are looking more confident with their game now and with more work, they will be ready for the task ahead (All-England in Birmingham from March 3-9).”

 

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