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Minh left disappointed in Malaysia

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Published: 09 January 2009
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HA NOI — Despite an all-out effort, Beijing Olympian Nguyen Tien Minh lost to world No 1 seed, Lee Chong Wei, in the second round of the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Minh, the world No 17 seed, lost 9-21, 21-18, 7-21 to Lee who has reigned champion for the last four years and is ranked No 1 in the tournament.

On Wednesday, Minh, the national top player, had no difficulty in beating South Korea’s Hong Ji-hoon in the first round with a score of 21-9, 21-16.

Earlier, Malaysia’s back-up men’s singles elite shuttler Liew Daren achieved a career high on a day when an Indonesian rising star gave favourite Lee a run for his money in first-round matches at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The 22-year-old Daren, who is not even ranked among the top 100 in the world, dumped Thai No 1 Boonsak Ponsana with a hard-fought 24-22, 19-21, 21-17 win in 69 minutes. He will take on Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Hsuan-yi for a place in the quarter-finals.

 

Chong Wei, Hafiz, Advance To Second Round

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Published: 09 January 2009
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By Hilary Sebastian

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 (Bernama) -- World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the second round of the Malaysian Open badminton championships after defeating Indonesian Andre Kurniawan Tedjono in straight sets at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here, today.

Chong Wei playing his first international match this year, had to struggle against the newcomer before chalking up a 21-17, 21-18 win.

"Its normal, any top player will struggle initially in a new season," Chong Wei said, adding the win had boosted his confidence to lift the title.

He will meet Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam tommorow

Meanwhile, Muhammad Hafiz Hashim too was forced to work extra hard to earn a 21-13, 19-21, 22-20 win against Japan's Sasaki Sho and book a meeting with Simon Santoso of Indonesia in the second round.

Two Malaysian elite back-up players Kuan Beng Hong and Daren Liew were also impressive today.

Beng Hong beat Ng Wei of Hong Kong 21-11, 21-16 to meet fifth seed Korean Park Sung Hwan in the second round while Daren Liew pulled out an upset defeating seventh seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 24-22, 19-21, 21-17. He will take on Hsueh Hsuan Yi of Taiwan tommorow.

However, Hafiz's elder brother, Muhammad Roslin was beaten by Sridhar Anup of India 17-21, 14-21 while Wong Choong Hann was tamed by second seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-16, 21-16.

In the women's singles, the country's second top shuttler Julia Wong Pei Xian easily defeated Vietnam's Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung 21-17, 21-16 to book a second round clash with eighth seed Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria.

Lydia Cheah too qualified after defeating team-mate Sonia Cheah 21-17, 21-15.

Tommorow, she will take on seventh seed Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong.

-- BERNAMA
 
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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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