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Time for junior shuttlers to step up (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
Written by Hits: 630

KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia unleashed another young talent onto the world stage – Gideon Markus Fernaldi but Malaysia’s old-timers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong just can’t seem to get it right.

On Sunday, fourth seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong went down 16-21, 18-21 in just 33 minutes to qualifiers Gideon-Markis Kido in the men’s doubles final of the French Open in Paris and their wait for a Super Series title continues. Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong have not even reached the final of a Super Series since they started playing together last year.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong last won a Super Series title at the Malaysian Open in 2010 – three years and nine months ago, to be exact.

It was 22-year-old Gideon’s first appearance in a Super Series final. He was teamed up with former world champion Markis this year and the duo have been showing great improvements in every tournament.

Another Indonesian player Mohd Ahsan, who was given the chance to team up with former world champion Hendra Setiawan a year ago, has already proven himself. He nailed the world title with Hendra in Guangzhou in August – at the age of 26.

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Jorgensen downs Kenichi for first Super Series title (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 October 2013
Written by Hits: 610

KUALA LUMPUR: Japan’s Kenichi Tago’s elusive chase for his first Super Series title continued with a miserable end at the French Open in Paris on Sunday.

On Sunday, the 24-year-old Kenichi blew his chance of making the French Open his most memorable event in his career due to sloppy finishing that saw him lose 19-21, 21-23 to a fired up Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in the final.Kenichi Tago. The Japanese went lost to Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen in the French Open final.

On several occasions, Kenichi did well to hold the upper hand but became his own worst enemy by making too unforced errors and allowed a confident Jorgensen to romp home with his first Super Series title.

The Japanese, however, can still walk the talk.

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Chong Wei beaten, Kien Keat-Boon Heong in French Open final (pic)

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Published: 28 October 2013
Written by Hits: 588

KUALA LUMPUR: It took Japan's Kenichi Tago 15 attempts in five years to finally score his first win over world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and he did it in style at the French Open.


The 24-year-old Kenichi pulled off the win in a ruthless manner when he clawed back from one game down for a 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 win over Chong in a 61-minute semi-final match on Saturday. Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in a file photo. The pair beat team-mates Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong 21-19, 15-21, 21-18 in the French Open semi-final.



Kenichi, who has never beaten Chong Wei since his first defeat at the 2009 Swiss Open in March, will take on Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen in the men's singles final.



The defeat for Chong Wei ended his hope of winning the French Open for the third time.



It was also his second disappointment within two weeks. Last week, he lost to Chen Long of China in the final of the Denmark Open.



As predicted, the match between Chong Wei and Kenichi was closely fought but this time, it was Kenichi, who took more initiaves to slam down the winners.

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Teck Zhi out to make amends (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 October 2013
Written by Hits: 660

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s reigning Asian juniors champion Soo Teck Zhi will be out to make amends for his disappointment in the mixed team badminton event when the boys’ singles event at the ongoing World Junior Championships starts in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Teck Zhi, who failed to deliver the crucial point for Malaysia in the tie against Indonesia in the quarter-finals of the mixed team event last week, is all pumped up to end his junior career on a high. He will not be eligible to play in next year’s world junior meet.Soo Teck Zhi in a file photo. He is ready to bounce back after the defeat in the mixed team’s quarter-finals to Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie last week.

Said Teck Zhi: “I am ready to give my best for the country. I am feeling good and ready for the battle.”

In the individual competition starting Tuesday, Teck Zhi is the number one seed. He has received a first-round bye and will begin his campaign against Mexico’s Luis Garrido in the second round Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Teck Zhi suffered a shock defeat in the mixed team’s quarter-finals to Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie last week and is itching to bounce back.

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Daren faces axe after French exit (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 October 2013
Written by Hits: 815

KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Liew Daren is set to pay a heavy price for his early round defeats in the back-to-back Denmark Open and French Open.

The 26-year-old may not be sent for the last two Super Series in China and Hong Kong although his name has been entered for both tournaments.Liew Daren may not get to play in the final two Super Series meets of the year after early round exits at the Denmark and French Opens in the past week.

The China Open is from Nov 12-17 in Shanghai and the Hong Kong Open is from Nov 19-24 in Kowloon.

The new management of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have set a new precedence as far as the selection of players for international tournaments is concerned. Players will be given the green light to compete based on current form and, unfortunately, Daren has been far from impressive of late.

On Tuesday, world No. 20 Daren went down 21-15, 15-21, 19-21 to veteran Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the opening round of the French Open.

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