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Rashid’s hands full without Misbun

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Published: 12 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Singles chief coach Rashid Sidek will have his hands full taking charge of the Malaysian shuttlers in the Swiss Open as Misbun Sidek has returned home to be with his ailing wife.

The wife, Latifah, is currently in hospital and may be required to undergo further treatment for kidney malfunction. And Misbun opted not to make the trip to Basel and he has handed the task to guide his top charge, Lee Chong Wei, to his youngest brother.

“Rashid is also familiar with Chong Wei. It’s also good for Chong Wei to learn how to handle himself,” said Misbun, who returned yesterday. Top seed Chong Wei is the only Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) representative following the failure of Kuan Beng Hong to reach the main draw from the qualifying tournament on Tuesday.

Rashid already has to keep an eye on the three doubles pairs — Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Latif and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty.

Doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky was unable to be with his charges in Basel as he did not meet a new visa requirement to enter Switzerland.

 
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Swiss visa woes for Rexy (pic)

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Published: 12 March 2009
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NATIONAL doubles coach Rexy Mainaky's frustrating experience in the All England last week got worse when he was prevented, through no fault of his, from joining his players at the Swiss Open when he was barred from travelling to Switzerland. Rexy was not allowed to make the trip from London to Basel as the Indonesian did not have a visa to travel to Switzerland although he has United Kingdom permanent resident status. Wong Pei Tty (right) and Chin Eei Hui have an easy first round tie against Petra Hofmanova-Sarka Krizkova of the Czech Republic.

Rexy said he wasn't aware of the change in rule as he had previously used both his Indonesian passport and his United Kingdom PR to travel to Switzerland.

"I was not allowed to travel because I didn't have the Shangen visa. The UK PR doesn't require a visa (to go to Switzerland) and there was no problem last year," said Rexy, who arrived back in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

 
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Rexy: Chong Wei a good role model for our doubles stars

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Published: 12 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: The determination of seasoned campaigners Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China, the never-say-die attitude of Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Den­mark and the fighting displays of South Korean youngsters Hwang Ji-man-Han Sang-hoon were the hallmarks of the All-England men’s doubles competition.

But national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky said that the Malaysian doubles players did not have to look far to be inspired and motivated by others.

He said that there was a good role model in their own backyard and challenged his players to be as committed as national number one singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei.

 

ALL-ENGLAND/Birmingham 2009: No more world-class men's doubles in Malaysia

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Published: 12 March 2009
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THE truth may hurt but it is a fact that Malaysia can no more boast of having world-class men’s doubles pairs anymore.

If the performances of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari are used as a yardstick to determine the depth in the national squad, it is clear indication that Malaysia do not have reliable match winners at the moment.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong have become so inconsistent that depending on them for major honours is wishful thinking as their confidence and performance have taken a massive plunge.

There is no sign of Kien Keat-Boon Heong improving in the near future and after losing tamely to Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in the quarter-finals of the All England, redemption in the Swiss Open looks unlikely.

 

All England Troubles Follow Shuttlers to Swiss Open

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Published: 12 March 2009
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Indonesia’s European hangover continued on Wednesday.

In keeping with their disappointing results at the All England, the country’s shuttlers continued bowing out early at the Swiss Open Super Series, with half of Indonesia’s entries taking the exit door in the first round at Basel’s St. Jakobshall.

The Indonesian Badminton Association, or PBSI, set a quarterfinal target for all of its national shuttlers before they left for England. Lius Pongoh, the PBSI head of player development, said players who fell short of that mark would undergo a six-week retraining program at the national camp before they’re allowed to compete in other tournaments.

“So I think there will be a lot of national team players that will not compete at the Asian Championship next month,” Lius told state-run news agency Antara, referring to the tournament that will be held on April 7-12 in Suwon, South Korea.

Men’s singles shuttler Simon Santoso duplicated his All England first-round exit, losing 21-12, 14-21, 21-19 to Wong Choong Hann. The story was the same in the women’s singles, where Adrianti Firdasari fell 17-21, 21-19, 21-12 to No. 4 seed Pi Hongyan of France and Pia Zebadiah Bernadet lost 21-15, 21-15 to Japan’s Megumi Taruno.

Men’s doubles was not immune, either. Muhammad Ahsan and Bona Septano, who reached the All England quarterfinals, suffered a two-set loss to China, while Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki and Rian Sukmawan also fell in two sets to Japan.

The country’s main hope for titles now rests in mixed and women’s doubles. Top seeds Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir reached the second round, as did Devin Lahardi Fitriawan and Lita Nurlita. Both pairs’ second-round matches finished after press time.

 
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