• V Shem more confident going to Europe this year (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: A sensational outing in the Malaysian Open has given men’s doubles shuttler Goh V Shem extra motivation to erase his painful memories of Europe.

    V Shem will be leaving with Lim Khim Wah for Mulheim on Saturday for the German Open Grand Prix Gold which is from Feb 25-March 2. The reigning Malaysian Open champions will also take part in the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham. Lim Khim Wah (right) and Goh V Shem celebrate after winning the Malaysian Open men's doubles last month. They will be taking part in the upcoming German Open GP Gold and All-England tournaments.

    Last year, V Shem lost his cool when his service was faulted five times en route to losing in the second round to hosts Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler in the German Open.

  • Khe Wei banking on German touch (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s doubles shuttler Woon Khe Wei is banking on the German touch to do wonders for her in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold and All-England tournaments.

    Khe Wei, who came out of an ankle injury last year, has been depending on the faithful service of National Sports Institute (NSI) physiotherapist Sandra Fiedler from Germany to maintain her condition ahead of the two big events in Europe. Woon Khe Wei getting some much needed attention from National Sports Institute physiotherapist Sandra Fiedler.

    The 23-year-old Khe Wei will be partnering Vivian Hoo in the German Open Grand Prix Gold starting on Wednesday and the All-England in Birmingham from March 4-9.

  • European stints crucial for Daren's Thomas Cup berth (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: A lot is at stake for singles shuttler Liew Daren when he takes part in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim from Feb 25-March 2 and the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.

    A good showing in these Europe tournaments will strengthen his position as one of the members of the team for the Thomas Cup Finals in May in New Delhi. It will restore his self-confidence and it will also stop his world ranking from slipping further.A good showing in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold and the All-England would strengthen Daren Liew's chances of being selected for the Thomas Cup squad.

    Based on the draw for the German Open released on Tuesday and in the absence of players from China in the tournament, world No. 36 Daren has a good chance to redeem himself.

    Daren, who is the only Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) singles player going for the GP Gold, has been drawn in the same quarter as third-seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong and 11th seed Rajiv Ouseph of England.

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