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Back-up shuttlers told to think big

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Published: 08 October 2008
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RASHID Sidek has challenged the back-up shuttlers, who will be promoted to the senior squad, to start thinking big and go the extra mile to justify their inclusion in the 2012 London Olympics project.

Chong Wei Feng, Arif Latif, Tan Chun Seang and Liew Daren are certain to make the grade in the men's singles, while Julia Wong and Lydia Cheah are the women's singles who will be part of the four-year programme.

The players were in Rashid's back-up squad for the last three years and he feels promotion will put them under more pressure, but eventually force them out of their comfort zones.

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Taufik -- Finally, the Champ

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Published: 08 October 2008
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TEMPO Interactive, Macau:The title of champion finally goes to Taufik Hidayat this year. Taufik, who was the number four favorite, became the winner at the Macau Open’s men’s single badminton tournament after defeating Malaysia’s number one player Lee Chong Wei, with a final score of 21 -19, 21 – 15 at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion Stadium yesterday.

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Chong Wei strolls through, Koo-Tan slog for berth in final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 October 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong took different routes into the men’s singles and doubles finals of the Macau Open badminton championships yesterday.A breeze: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei easily downed youngster Alamsyah Yunus to set up a clash with Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat for the men’s singles title in the Macau Open yesterday.


Julia sets up showdown with Zhou Mi after stunning semis win

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Published: 05 October 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Julia Wong was the undoubted star of the day as Malaysians booked their places in three finals in the Macau Open yesterday.

Besides Julia, top seeds Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong justified their seedings by checking into the men’s singles and doubles finals respectively.

Julia, the sixth seed, staged a great comeback to beat fourth seed Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong 17-21, 23-21, 21-17 in a one-hour semi-final battle.

She will face Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi, who toiled for 59-minute to beat China’s Zhu Jingjing 20-22, 21-18, 21-16, in today’s final.


Kien Keat-Boon Heong need to retain title to convince the selectors (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: The national badminton coaches will come out with their recommendations of players for the elite and back-up squads after this week’s Macau Open.

And the top men’s pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have a good chance to regain the confidence of the selectors by retaining the title in the championships, which begin today.Missing in action: Maria Kristin Yulianti of Indonesia has pulled out of the women's singles event of the Macau Open. - AFP

It is important for them to produce performances that will give coach Rexy Mainaky no reason to break up their two-year-old partnership.

After crashing out in the second round of the China Masters last week to upcoming Chinese pair Sun Junjie-Xu Chen, there has been a further drop of confidence on their ability to stamp their marks again on the world stage.

The Asian Games champions dominated the scene in 2007, winning the prestigious All-England and five other Open titles €” in Malaysia, Switzerland, Macau, the Philippines and Denmark.

The Badminton Association of Ma­­laysia’s (BAM) general manager, Kenny Goh, who had been appointed as the co-ordinator to finalise the coaching and training programmes towards the 2012 London Olympics, said there would be a meeting with the coaches after the Macau Open.

“The coaches will have to come out with their recommendations of players for the London Olympics. We will have a joint meeting with the NSC (National Sports Council) after that,” he said.

“Then, it will be up to the BAM coaching and training committee to endorse our proposed structure and squads.”

“Probably for some coaches, the performances of their players in the Macau Open will help them to make a decision on who they want to recommend or on who they want their players to partner with.”

In the absence of many top pairs, Kien Keat-Boon Heong should not face major problems to live up to their top billing.

They have in their half of the draw China’s He Hanbin-Shen He, Hong Kong’s Albertus Susanto Nyoto-Lok Kei Lo, Indonesians Fernando Kurniawan-Lingga Lie and two Malaysian back-up pairs, Mak Hee Chun-Teo Kok Siang and Lim Khim Wan-Chan Peng Soon.

The other half has second seeds Fang Chieh-min-Lee Sheng-mu of Taiwan, China’s Sun Junjie-Xu Chen and Malaysians Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng, Ng Kean Kok-Hong Chieng Hun, Goh Wei Shem-Ong Jien Guo and Chow Pak Chuu-Poh Chai Boon.

Malaysian shuttlers also hold top seedings in the men’s singles (Lee Chong Wei), women’s singles (Wong Mew Choo) and women’s doubles (Fong Chew Yen-Mooi Hing Yau).

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Mohd Ha­­fiz Hashim is one of the several men’s singles players to withdraw from the tournament at the eleventh hour.

The others are Indonesian Simon Santoso and second seeded Chinese Bao Chunlai and compatriot Chen Jin.

Their withdrawal has made it easier for Chong Wei to win the title.

Mew Choo can also breathe easy following the withdrawals of second seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong, China’s Wang Yihan, Jiang Yanjiao and three Indonesians €” Maria Kristin Yulianti, Pia Zebadiah Bernadet and Fransisca Ratnasari


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