• China too strong for Korea in Asian Juniors (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: China proved once again that they are just too strong for the rest with their continued dominance in the mixed team event at the Asian Junior Championships.

    They beat South Korea 3-0 in the finals on Wednesday, making it their fifth win since the introduction of the event in 2006.

    The Chinese junior shuttlers got off to a perfect start when their mixed doubles pair Huang Kaixiang-Chen Qingchen took only 24 minutes to defeat Koreans Choi Jong-woo-Kim Hyang-im 21-7, 21-12. Goh Jin Wei beat Grace Chua Hui Zhen of Singapore 21-11, 21-19 in the Asian Junior Championships individual event on Feb 19, 2014.

    They then went on to get their second point when Lin Guipu beat Seo Seung-jae 21-11, 21-16 in the boys’ singles.

    China then sealed the deal through their boys’ doubles – Huang Kaixiang-Zheng Siwei beat Kim Jung-ho-Kim Jae-hwan 21-17, 21-19.

  • Malaysia all-out in India Open

    PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will have no representatives in the final of the India Open GP Gold after both their women’s and mixed pairs crashed out in the semi-finals in Lucknow.

    SEA Games champions Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei were shown the exit on Saturday by youngsters Yu Xiaohan-Huang Yaqiong of China, losing 18-21, 12-21.

    The Malaysians, who crashed out in the first round of the Malaysian Open last week to new pair Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting of China, had a good start as they led 17-14 in the first game.

    But Vivian-Khe Wei, the world No. 18, succumbed to nerves and surrendered the lead to lose 18-21. Xiaohan-Yaqiong, the world No. 67, then ramped up the pressure to lead 11-3 in the second game before comfortably sealing their place in the final after 40 minutes.

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