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Razif: Indiscipline the cause of senior players’ poor performances (pic)

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Published: 21 May 2013
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FORMER international Razif Sidek believes that there is more than meets the eye following the country’s top men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s recent fall from grace.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong lost to scratch combination Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin which led to Malaysia’s 2-3 loss to lower ranked Taiwan in the opening Group C tie of the Sudirman Cup on Sunday.Shameful: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong react after losing to Taiwan’s Lee Sheng mu-Tsai Chia-hsin on Sunday.

They played without any sense of direction on court and Boon Heong even confessed to his coach that he lost concentration – half way through the match – but no reasons were given for his loss of focus.

Razif said that he believed the senior players’ indisciplined lifestyles over the years had snowballed into problems and were affecting their performances on court.

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Cool V Shem believes he will be too hot for rivals to handle

Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2013
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DOUBLES shuttler Goh V Shem is one cool dude with big ambition.

And today, if he gets the chance to play with Lim Khim Wah in Malaysia’s crucial Group C tie against Germany, one can rest assured that he will fight with all his might.

Malaysia will have to beat Germany today to ensure a ticket for the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Only the top two teams in each group make the cut for the top eight and Malaysia are in a cliff-hanger situation after their shock 2-3 defeat to Taiwan on Sunday.

The biggest letdown in Malaysia’s defeat to Germany were top doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

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Rexy to lead Indonesia in resurgence

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Published: 20 May 2013
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WITH a total revamp of their national coaching staff, former badminton power Indonesia hope to bring back their glory years.

Ex-internationals, led by Rexy Mainaky, will feature in the new scheme with the goal of winning Olympics gold again in 2016.

Rexy, with the designation of director of performance, is also their head coach. He has brought together former internationals who once dominated major events in the 1990s.

Rexi is helped by his former Olympic gold medal winning partner Ricky Subagja, former Olympic champion Susi Susanti, a consultant with the Indonesia BA (PBSI) and former head coach Christian Hadinata.

Joko Suprianto has returned as the men's singles coach while Liang Qiuxia, who has produced several world class shuttlers, including Susi and Sarwendah, is back to helm the women's singles.

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'Chong Wei is my idol'

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Published: 20 May 2013
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CHEN Long, touted as China's future world champion, ironically looks up to World No 1 Lee Chong Wei as motivator.

The 24-year-old admitted yesterday he is grateful to Chong Wei for his success, despite having beaten the Malaysian several times.

Chong Wei's winning attitude has been long-admired by Chen Long before the latter became an established shuttler in China.

"I admire Chong Wei's attitude on court. He does not fear his opponents. I adopted his philosophy and have become more confident on court," said Chen Long, the World No 2, at Putra Stadium yesterday.

"As a player, I still have a lot to learn from others. Chong Wei is mentally strong and this is the one thing I must do to become a good shuttler."

Chen Long is making his second appearance in the Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur following his debut two years ago in Qingdao, where hosts China won their eighth title. But he was only a reserve then and did not play a match.

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The top two teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals.

Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 May 2013
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Indonesia team manager Rexy Mainaky, a former world and Olympic champion, tipped the Chinese to win their fifth consecutive Sudirman Cup, but believed that his team could still upset the top seeds.

"Maybe we also can beat them 5-0," Mainaky said with a laugh when told Chinese coach Li Yongbo is confident of beating Indonesia 5-0.

"We have a big squad to choose from and everything will be decided on the court."

The 1996 Atlanta Olympic men's doubles gold medallist has won all the major trophies in badminton except one -- the Sudirman Cup.

China thrashed India 5-0 on Sunday, but the defending champions were given a tough workout.

Mainaky said he had expected to beat India and was pleased with his players, especially women's singles Lindaweni Fanetri, as she kept calm to defeat P. V. Sindhu 21-15, 21-10.

He admitted world number two Saina Nehwal's absence through injury from the India team made it easier for her.

Meanwhile, Kashyap Parupalli who defeated Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21-18, 21-14 for India's lone point said losing Nehwal had been a big blow.

"If she was in the team, I think we could have stolen a point today and that would have lifted our players' spirits," he said.




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