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Two elite back-up singles players make it to the main draw (pic)

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Published: 09 January 2009
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MALAYSIA have put two elite back-up men’s singles players — Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng — in the main draw of the Malaysian Open but three others crashed out in the qualifying tournament yesterday.

Daren beat Thailand’s top junior Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 in the first round and had an easy 21-17, 21-11 win over compatriot Vountus Indra Mawan to make the grade.

He will take on Thailand’s number one player Boonsak Ponsana today and it is unlikely that he will advance.

National Championships runner-up Wei Feng, who came into the tournament as a replacement for Indonesian Taufik Hidayat, will take on Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit and he has a better chance of winning the match.

But it was the end of the road for Tan Chung Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Chan Kwong Beng, who are being groomed for the 2012 London Olympics under the charge of Rashid Sidek.

Both Chun Seang and Kwong Beng lost to seasoned campaigner Kuan Beng Hong in the first and second round matches respectively.

Beng Hong faces Ng Wei of Hong Kong in the main draw.

Arif found Taiwanese Hsueh Hsuan-yi too hot to handle and bowed out 17-21, 9-21 in the second round.

Sonia Cheah was the only women’s singles player to clear the qualifying tournament and she has set up a meeting with elder sister Lydia in the first round.

In the men’s doubles, Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Teo Kok Siang, who are one of the new combinations forged by coach Rexy Mainaky, made it to the main draw.

They will take on Super Series Masters Finals champions Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong today.

 

Top badminton player wins first Malaysia Open game

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Published: 09 January 2009
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National top athlete Nguyen Tien Minh had no difficulty in beating Hong Ji-hoon of the Republic of Korea in the first round of the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series in Kuala Lumpur on January 7.

Minh, the world No 17 seed needed only 36 minutes to win 21-9, 21-16 over Hong who was the second winner from the qualifying round.

However, Minh, Vietnam’s first Olympic badminton player will find it difficult when he meets world No. 1 seed, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, in the second round on January 8.

Lee has been champion for four years. Minh is not expected to beat him, but it is hoped that he can at least win one set.

Last April, the Vietnamese won sets against former world No. 1, Lin Dan of China, at the Yonex-Sunrise Badminton Asian Championship.

Minh teammate on the women’s side, Beijing Olympian Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung, lost to Julia Pei Xian Wong in the first round despite an all-out effort.

On Nhung’s return to international tournament on January 7, the world’s No 21 seed beat her 21-17, 21-16.

Although this US$200,000 event began in 1937, there were no competitions between the years 1942 and 1946, and then from 1967 to 1982, there was another break in tradition. Over the years, the Malaysia Open has become one of the most popular tournaments on the circuit.

This year, the tournament undergoes another transition with its inclusion in the Badminton World Federation’s Super Series. The federation introduced the series to elevate the game and draw bigger crowds.(VNA)

 
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South Korea will miss Hyun-il sorely

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Published: 09 January 2009
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THE South Korean badminton team will no longer have the services of their top men’s singles shuttler Lee Hyun-il in international tournaments.

The runner-up of the Malaysian Open last year has decided to limit his participation in competitive badminton to only club-level tournaments within the country after ending his bachelorhood.

He got married after the Beijing Olympics last August where he bowed out to Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals. South Korean chief coach Kim Jung-soo said that Hyun-il’s absence would be a great loss to the team.

Last year, Hyun-il won the South Korean leg of the Super Series and he played an influential role in helping his country finish as the runners-up for the first time in the Thomas Cup Finals.

“He has chosen to leave the national team after getting married. Now we have to bank on Park Sung-hwan and two other juniors (Hong Ji-hoon and Lee Cheol-ho).

 
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Gail Emms becomes Badminton England's first ambassador (pic)

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Published: 06 January 2009
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Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms has agreed to become Badminton England's first ambassador as the national governing body attempts to bolster the sport through one of its best-known faces.

Emms, 31, who retired after last year's Beijing Games, will start immediately as a mentor to promising young players at all levels of the game. Booster: Gail Emms will become Badminton England's first ambassador

 

Sickly Misbun will not be able to guide Chong Wei in Malaysian Open (pic)

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Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei may have to make his defence of the Malaysian Open title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week in the absence of his mentor and coach, Misbun Sidek.

Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here on Monday evening for suspected lung infection and he was put on drips.

Misbun, who looked very weak, said that he had not been feeling well since he returned home from pilgrimage in Mecca two weeks ago.

“I was asked to stay in hospital for observation for one night and was discharged. But I did not get well and I experienced severe pains in my body last night,” said Misbun.Feeling poorly: Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo visiting their coach Misbun Sidek, who was admitted for lung infection yesterday.

 

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