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Published: 19 February 2012
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Rashid strongly feels an improved Malaysia can reach the Thomas Cup semis


MACAU: NATIONAL singles chief coach Rashid Sidek believes it is not impossible for Malaysia, who struggled in the qualifying rounds in Macau, to reach the last four of the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan, China in May.   National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek believes Lee Chong Wei (front) can deliver but has urged Hafiz Hashim to improve on his fitness to give Malaysia a genuine chance in Wuhan.

This is because there is no team with a balanced squad except for China, and Rashid feels that the next three months, with proper preparations, can make the current squad stronger.

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Malaysia lose to Indonesia in third place Thomas Cup qualifying play-off

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Published: 19 February 2012
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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia lost 2-3 to Indonesia in the third place play-off of Thomas Cup Asian Zone Qualifying Round in Macau, China Saturday.

The absence of world no 1 player Datuk Lee Chong Wei did little to stop Malaysia from taking the first two points.

Daren Liew brought cheers to the Malaysian camp after Indonesia's first singles player Simon Santoso withdrew with Liew leading the first set 7-2.

The second point was won by the pair of Goh V Shem/Hoon Thien How who beat Alvent Yulianto Chandra/ Hendra Aprida Gunawan 21-14, 21-18 in 26 minutes.

Indonesia came charging back to level the score when Tommy Sugiarto beat Mohammad Arif Abdul Latif 21-15,21-7 in the second singles while Markis Kido/ Hendra Setiawan beat Lim Khim Wah/Teo Kok Siang 21-16,21-13.

Malaysian hopes were dashed when Koo Kien Keat lost to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 8-21, 9-21 in the third singles.

Defending champions China are scheduled to meet Japan in the final today.

Malaysia has qualified for the Thomas Cup final round in Wuhan, China, on May 20-27 after beating India 3-0 in the quarter-final on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian women's squad suffered another blow when they were white-washed 5-0 by Indonesia in the round-robin play-offs of the Uber Cup qualifying round in Macau Saturday.

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Kien Keat-Boon Heong are getting there

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Published: 19 February 2012
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KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have surprised even themselves in the Thomas Cup qualifying rounds but national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her doesn't want fans to read too much into their progress in Macau.

   Kim Her said Kien Keat-Boon Heong have taken the first step towards regaining their form but they are not ready yet to win the All England on March 6-11.

   Kean Keat-Boon Heong were unbeaten in the three matches they played in Macau and also got their first win over South Koreans Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong after six consecutive defeats.

   Kien Keat even played the third singles against Indonesia in the third placing playoff against Indonesia which Malaysia lost 3-2 on Saturday.

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Indonesia Uber Cup Squad Receives Lifeline (pic)

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Published: 19 February 2012
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Macau. Despite its quarterfinal defeat, Indonesia looks all but set for the Uber Cup finals after finishing fifth in Asian zone qualifying on Sunday.

Indonesia beat Hong Kong 4-1 at the Macau Forum in the playoff final to finish fifth in qualifying. Its place is not assured until after European qualifying ends, though.

Asia’s fifth-best team in qualifying will compete in the finals in Wuhan, China, on May 20 to 27 if its top three singles shuttlers and top two doubles teams have more cumulative world ranking points than the fourth-place team from Europe. Indonesian doubles shuttler Meiliana Jauhari, left, and partner Greysia Polii secured fifth place and a likely place in the Uber Cup finals after beating Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan and Tse Ying Suet in Macau on Sunday. 

The Netherlands was scheduled to face Russia in the third-place playoff in the European Team Championships, which also serve as qualifying for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup, in Amsterdam late on Sunday.

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Tan Kim Her intends to continue experimenting to find potential pairs after Olympic Games

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Published: 18 February 2012
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Tan Kim Her intends to continue experimenting to find potential pairs after Olympic Games

Tan Kim Her, Malaysia’s head coach of Doubles, intends to continue experimenting different combinations in Men’s Doubles category to find potential pairs after the 2012 Olympic Games.

He wants different Men’s Doubles pairs to participate in upcoming tournaments and will keenly observe their performance which will help him to make necessary changes in Doubles after Olympics.

According to the coach, the World Number Six Tan Boon Heong – Koo Kien Keat, who are the top shuttlers in Malaysia, will remain stick to their schedule for Olympic Games and will participate in important tournaments in upcoming months.

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