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Chan’s maiden final, Fairuzizuan-Zakry also in contention for first Open title (pic)

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Published: 29 May 2009
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KUANTAN: Youngster Chan Kwong Beng (pic) and the experienced men’s doubles pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif scored a first in the Pahang Open yesterday.

Kwong Beng, who used to be the whipping boy in the national training squad, stunned former international Mohd Roslin Hashim to set up a meeting with top seed Lee Chong Wei in today’s men’s singles final at the Pahang Sports Complex Indoor Stadium.

Yesterday, the 21-year-old showed great determination to beat Roslin 24-22, 21-19 in a 50-minute semi-final battle to reach his first final in a local Open tournament.

Kwong Beng trains under Misbun Sidek and has clearly benefited from sparring with Chong Wei and Roslin.

 
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Chong Wei looks unstoppable in final

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Published: 29 May 2009
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LEE Chong Wei is set to bag his third Pahang Open title when he takes on Chan Kwong Beng in the men singles final today in Kuantan.

The world number one was in total control as he used his jumping smash to good effect in demolishing Kuan Beng Hong 21-8, 21-8 in the semi-final yesterday.

 

"It was an easy outing here and for me most of my matches were like warming-up sessions.

 

"But I expect some challenge from Kwong Beng in the final as he managed to beat Roslin Hashim who is a very experienced player.

 

"I am here to prepare for the Singapore Open next month."

 

It took Chong Wei 27 minutes to seal the match against Beng Hong and the latter could only depend on collecting points from mistakes by Chong Wei.

 

 
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Giant-killer Liew's turn to fall (pic)

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Published: 29 May 2009
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LEE Chong Wei cruised into the semi-finals of the Pahang Open but Liew Daren, conqueror of Hafiz Hashim, was sent packing by national back-up player Chan Kwong Beng in Kuantan yesterday.

Chong Wei, the overwhelming favourite, secured a comfortable 21-9, 21-14 win over national teammate Tan Chun Seang in just 25 minutes to secure his semi-final berth.Lee Chong Wei cruised into the Pahang Open semi-finals after beating Tan Chun Seang 21-9, 21-14 yesterday.


He will next meet third seed Kuan Beng Hong, who beat elite back-up player Arif Latif 21-15, 14-21, 21-17 in 40 minutes.


The unpredictable form of Liew Daren continued as he lost 21-16, 21-17 to Kwong Beng just a day after a fine win over Hafiz.


Kwong Beng will meet veteran Roslin Hashim, who overcame back-up player Syed Akbar Syed Mustakim 21-11, 21-19, in the last four today.


In the women's singles, second seed Lydia Cheah advanced to the semi-finals after beating Ooi Swee Wenn 21-14, 21-14 and will next play national junior Tee Jing Yi.


 
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Lydia makes the cut for Hyderabad (pic)

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Published: 29 May 2009
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MALAYSIA is looking at sending its largest squad to the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16 as women's singles Lydia Cheah and several other doubles combinations have made the cut at the second phase of selection which was confirmed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday. Also through are Chan Chong Ming (back) and Chew Choon Eng.

Lydia's name was included by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) as a replacement for Julia Wong who suffered a knee injury during the Sudirman Cup two weeks ago and the request was accepted by BWF.

Former national pair Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng are the fourth men's doubles combination, after Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari and Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah, to qualify for the World Championships at the second phase of selection.

 
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Daren overcomes dubious line call to upset Hafiz (pic)

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Published: 28 May 2009
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KUANTAN: Even a dubious line call did not dampen the spirit of back-up shuttler Liew Daren to score a big upset in the Pahang Open men’s singles competition here yesterday.Daren disputing a decision by the line judge at the Pahang Open yesterday

Daren put up a gallant fight at the Pahang Sports Complex Indoor Stadium to beat second seed Mohd Hafiz Hashim 17-21, 21-14, 21-19 in 52 minutes to march into the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event. It was Daren’s first win over the former All-England champion.

 

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