• Promising Malaysian men's doubles to keep an eye on

    Kuala Lumpur: Men’s doubles coach of Malaysia Pang Cheh Chang is making the big move to nurture three strong men's doubles for a shot at Olympic gold medal.

    "Malaysia has always been relying on only one pair, while other countries such as Indonesia, China, and Korea have more than one strong pairs. We should not put all eggs in one basket, like we did in 2012 Olympics, where the country put too much pressure and hope on Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, they failed to deliver under too much pressure eventually," said Cheh Chang.Possible partnerships: Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How (top left), Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (top right), Lim Khim Wah - Ow Yao Han (bottom)

    Possible partnerships: Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How (top left), Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (top right), Lim Khim Wah - Ow Yao Han (bottom)

  • Australian Open: Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How sole Malaysian left standing

    Sydney: Concluding the day's action on States Sports Centre in Sydney, Australia, two Malaysian pairs crashed out of the tournament leaving unseeded Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Boon Heong the sole doubles survivor.

     

    On Friday, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong's sensation run was ended by Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of Korea. Goh/Tan lost their first set 21-15 to Lee-Yoo easily, but was able to give the Korean a run for their money before losing the second set 24-22.Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How defeats Cai Yun-Lu Kai (right)

    Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How defeats Cai Yun-Lu Kai (right)

  • Australia Open: Three Malaysian pairs march into quarter finals

    Sydney: Malaysia's scratch pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong continued their impressive run at the Australian Open badminton championships to stun sixth seeds Markis Kido-Gideon Markus Fernaldi of Indonesia 19-21, 21-11, 21-12 in 33 minutes to reach the quarter-finals in Sydney on Thursday. They will play Lee Yong Dae-Yoo Yeon Seong of Korea who are eyeing their third back to back Superseries titles.Post match interview: Yoo Yeon Seong-Lee Yong Dae (left) and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata

    Post match interview: Yoo Yeon Seong-Lee Yong Dae (left) and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata

    The Korean who won Japan Open two weeks ago and Indonesia Open last week overcame a tight match against Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata of Japan 21-18, 20-22, 21-12 in the second round.

  • Indonesia Open: Lee Chong Wei is last Malaysian standing

    Jakarta: World number one will take on Kenichi Tago for a spot in the final of Indonesia Open.

    Coming into the quarter final, Chong Wei who is aiming to go down the record books as the man with six Indonesia Open titles was given a lot of troubles from Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark. Chong Wei was trailing 13-18 in the first set before completed an eight points comeback to win the game. In the second set, the top seed gave one of the finest performance in the ongoing tournament by dusting off Vittinghus 21-11.Tan Boon Heong and Tan Wee Kiong had a great run in Indonesia Open before they went down to Lee Yong Dae-Yoo Yeon Seong in quarter final

    Tan Boon Heong and Tan Wee Kiong had a great run in Indonesia Open before they went down to Lee Yong Dae-Yoo Yeon Seong in quarter final

  • Indonesia Open: Chong Wei, Boon Heong-Wee Kiong in quarters

    Jakarta: World number one Lee Chong Wei who will be chasing his sixth Indonesia Open title, breezed through his second round match rapidly and easily with 21-4, 21-16 thumping of Frenchman Brice Leverdez. Unfortunately, luck was not on Chong Wei Feng and Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif's side on Thursday.Indonesian badminton fans with their colourful and creative outfits

    Indonesian badminton fans with their colourful and creative outfits

    Chong Wei Feng went down to Kenichi Tago of Japan 18-21, 15-21, and Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif was not be able to reproduce his stunning first round form by losing to third seed Jan O Jorgensen 21-18 21-11 in 30 minutes.

  • Boon Heong on Commonwealth: Why not me?

    Kuala Lumpur: Tan Boon Heong has vented his disappointment at not being selected for next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Boon Heong won the gold with Koo Kien Keat at the previous Commonwealth but was excluded from this year's edition. Instead, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has chosen Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong for the men's doubles.Boon Heong, you need to forget about past glory, always start from zero (like a baby). Embrace the values that made you a champion, be truth to yourself, the game and your opponents; otherwise the game and your opponents will be truth to you

    Boon Heong, you need to forget about past glory, always start from zero (like a baby). Embrace the values that made you a champion, be truth to yourself, the game and your opponents; otherwise the game and your opponents will be truth to you



    "I don't have any problems with my teammates, I was just hoping for an equal and fair player selection process. I did ask Cheh Chang about this, his answer was the decision has been made."

  • "Doubles troubles": A good problem to have

    Kuala Lumpur: Although they were temporarily paired up during the Thomas Cup Finals, but the pair of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have shown a strong potential for becoming the best men's doubles pair in the world. The pair played their first game in the Thomas Cup Finals against Akshay Dewalkar-Pranaav Jerry Chopra of India by winning 21-17 14-21 21-14; They then defeated world number four Kim Sa Rang-Kim Ki Jung 21-17 21-19 in the last game of Group C. They tamed Carsten Mogensen - Joachim Fischer Nielsen of Denmark 21-19, 21-13, and came to the rescue to level the tie at 2-2 when they defeated Keigo Sonoda - Takeshi Kamura 19-21, 21-17, 21-12 in the Thomas Cup final. Their stayed calm under pressure and they were confident in launching attacks against their opponents.Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem celebrate after delivering the winning point for Malaysia by beating South Korea's world No.4 Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang.

    Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem celebrate after delivering the winning point for Malaysia by beating South Korea's world No.4 Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang.

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia wins thriller over Korea to top Group C

    New Delhi: Things weren't looking good for Malaysia's Thomas Cup team after Tan Boon Heong/Hoon Thien How lost to Yoo Yeon Seong/Lee Yong Dae 19-21, 19-21 in the first men's doubles. With this win, Malaysia and Korea were tied at 1-1 after Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia won the first point against Son Wan-ho 21-17, 21-17 in an earlier match.Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem (middle) scored a huge upset against World No. 4 pair Kim Ki-jung/Kim Sa-rang with 21-17, 21-19 win.

    Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem (middle) scored a huge upset against World No. 4 pair Kim Ki-jung/Kim Sa-rang with 21-17, 21-19 win.

    Malaysia's chances of defeating Korea looked even dimmer when its second singles Chong Wei Feng dropped the first set to Lee Dong Keun 19-21. However, the resilient Chong Wei Feng was not ready to go home early yet, he made some adjustments in the second set to play better court control, more high quality shots and made less mistake; he scored several critical points after the second set was tied at 16-16 to hold off the Korean at 21-17 and force a deciding game. In third set, Wei Feng rallied to an incredible comeback over Lee Dong Keun to win it at 21-14.

  • Singapore Open: Lee Chong Wei through, Hoon-Tan out

    Singapore: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei sped into the Singapore Open semi-finals with style. Chong Wei demolish Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-8, 21-14 in 29 minutes with a breathtaking fashion, Lee at one point even trying a shot from underneath his leg which fell short of the net.Lee Chong Wei was trying a trick shot from underneath his leg which fell short of the net.

    Lee Chong Wei was trying a trick shot from underneath his leg which fell short of the net.

    On Saturday, Choong Wei will meet India's K. Srikanth, who is touted to be India’s next big star. K. Srikanth beat Hong Kong's Hu Yun 17-21, 21-14, and 21-19 -- after upsetting seventh seed Nguyen Tien Minh a round earlier -- for a place in the semi-finals.

  • Singapore Open: Thien How-Wee Kiong to join Chong Wei in the quarter-finals

    KUALA LUMPUR: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, the world No. 9, who have been struggling to find their rhythm over the last few months, surprised the crowd on Thursday with a win over a fast attacking Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand 21-17, 21-18 in the second round of Singapore Open.Can Thien How and Wee Kiong live up to the expectation? We'll see!

    Can Thien How and Wee Kiong live up to the expectation? We'll see!

    The duo's performance in the international arena had been awful ever since taking over the country’s No. 1 spot from Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.They've crashed out early in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold as well as the Indian Open in New Delhi.

  • Smells trouble for Malaysia men's doubles

    PETALING JAYA: Just when you think Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah could become another dominant pair in badminton men's doubles, they faltered yet again.
    They were sent packing in the first round of Singapore Open 17-21, 24-26 by South Korean newly formed pair Kim Sa-rang-Yoo Yeon-seong.
    Sa-rang-Yeon-seong was able to catch up from 7-11 deficits on the first set ; V Shem-Khim Wah  only has themselves to blame as they wasted five game point opportunities in the second game to hand the Koreans the victory.Hoon Thien How - Tan Wee Kiong had a good start at Singapore Open, hopefully they can continue to perform well in the tournament

    Hoon Thien How - Tan Wee Kiong had a good start at Singapore Open, hopefully they can continue to perform well in the tournament


    The pair bit the dust in the second round of the Indian Open last week and failed to defend their Malaysian Open GP Gold title by losing to a relatively unknown pair from Singapore two weeks ago.

  • Malaysia's doubles need to work on their service

    Kuala Lumpur: One obvious problem for the Malaysian men's doubles players in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold was their serves. Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Tan Boon Heong-Ow Yao Han seems didn't know how to serve properly.Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong lost in the first round of the Malaysian Open GP Gold event last week.

    When Lim Khim Wah- Goh V Shem played against Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart in the final, their service were either

  • Doubles were sent packing on opening day of Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold (pic)

    PASIR GUDANG: Malaysia's top pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Tanongsak Saensom­boon­suk of Thailand – were miserable on the opening day of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang.

    Malaysian No. 1 Thien How-Wee Kiong lost to Singaporeans Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart 16-21, 20-22 in a 39-minute match on Wednesday.hoon Thien How- Tan Wee Kiong were sent packing 16-21, 20-22 by Singaporeans Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart on Wednesday.

    After the match, Wee Kiong said that they seriously need to examine what went wrong.

  • On-court results more important than rankings: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are officially the highest ranked Malaysian pair now after moving ahead to No. 7 in the latest world rankings released on Thursday.

    They have overtaken the now-defunct Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong partnership, which slipped to No. 8.

    But Wee Kiong believes that it is court performances, rather than rankings which is their main focus right now.Hoon Thien How (right) and Tan Wee Kiong are now the highest ranked Malaysian pair at No.7.

    The pair certainly need to work on their consistency after struggling to finish off Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata in the second round of the All-England.

  • All-England: Thien How-Wee Kiong scrape through to second round (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: It was almost a disastrous start for Malaysia’s new No. 1 pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in the first round of the All-England.

    The world No. 8, who are leading the doubles charge following Koo Kien Keat’s resignation from the BA of Malaysia (BAM), were made to slog for a 19-21, 21-13, 21-4 win over Hong Kong qualifiers Chan Yun Lung-Lee Chun Hei in the first round on Wednesday.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The pair beat Hong Kong qualifiers Chan Yun Lung-Lee Chun Hei 19-21, 21-13, 21-4 in the All-England first round.

    Despite leading 15-7 in the first game, a stretch of errors allowed the young Hong Kong pair to bounce back to steal the game 21-19.

    Fortunately, the fifth-seeded Thien How-Wee Kiong fought back to take the second game 21-13 before blowing their opponents out of the water in the deciding rubber to seal their last-16 slot.

  • ‘Old hand’ Hoon’s still got the fire (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: It seems like just yesterday but 15 years have gone by since doubles shuttler Hoon Thien How joined Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as a junior.

    But the good news is that this “old timer” hasn’t lost his drive nor passion for the game. Doubles player Hoon Thien How (left) who has been with BAM for 15 years, aims to do well in the up-coming German and All-England championships with his partner Tan Wee Kiong.

    Doubles player Hoon Thien How (left) who has been with BAM for 15 years, aims to do well in the up-coming German and All-England championships with his partner Tan Wee Kiong.

    Together with his partner Tan Wee Kiong, the duo are all geared up to make a quick rebound at the German Open from Feb 25-March 2 in Mulheim and the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.

    Thien How-Wee Kiong did well at the tail-end of last year – putting up promising performances in several tournaments.

    The World No. 8 did well to reach the China Open final; ended their title drought by winning the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold; and gave a heart-warming show before bowing out in the BWF World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur in December.

  • Support our local shuttlers: Chong Wei (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Let's be real, it will be tough for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win his 10th home title in the Maybank Malaysian Open when the action starts Wednesday with the first round at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

    He is getting older. His younger opponents are getting bolder and stronger. And he is starting to feel the burden of responsibility on his tired shoulders.Vittinghus Hans-Kristian of Denmark meets Lee Chong Wei in the opening round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

    But the 31-year-old intends to let the magic of playing at home do the talking once again this week.

    His nine-month-old baby boy Kingston will be cheering his “papa” on every day from the stands. His devoted wife Wong Mew Choo, family and friends will be there. And thousands of his loyal and patriotic fans will be rooting for him.

  • Thien How: It’s time to step up (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: National doubles shuttler Hoon Thien How is rallying his team-mates to lift the gloom in the men’s doubles department by ending a four-year rut at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    The men’s doubles have failed to win any Super Series titles for the past four years since Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong nailed the home title in 2010.Hoon Thien How (right), who partners Tan Wee Kiong in the men's doubles, hopes that Malaysia can end their title drought in the event at this year's Malaysia Open tournament after four years.

    This year, Malaysia will be represented by Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and independent shuttlers Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazri-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and all four will start from the main draw on Wednesday.

    The others - Tan Yip Jiun-Yew Hong Kheng, Tan Chee Tean-Yin Wong Fai, Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi, Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Hafiz Hashim, Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock and Jagdish Singh-Roni Tan Wee Long are aiming to come through the qualifying round starting on Tuesday.

  • Doubles set for revival with stronger rivalry (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang is optimistic the healthy rivalry between Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem will revive Malaysia’s fortunes this season.

    Malaysia have been starved off major Open titles from the men’s doubles department over the last three years.

    Thien How-Wee Kiong defeated Khim Wah-V Shem in a closely-fought final in the National Grand Prix Finals at Putrajaya last month, sparking a promise that the country’s second and third-ranked pairs are set to snap at each other’s heels this year.

    The two pairs will get to show who are better when they begin their campaigns in the season-opener Korean Open in Seoul on Wednesday.

  • Doubles pair wary of chill factor in Korea (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles champion Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How will be fighting on two fronts when they start their campaign in the Korean Open on Wednesday.

    On Saturday, the duo and compatriots Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem left for Seoul for the season opener of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Super Series.

    The 24-year-old Wee Kiong said their opening round match would be “treacherous”.

    “The weather in Seoul is below 13°C. It is really cold. On top of that, we have a tricky opening match against an upcoming pair from China (Kang Jun-Liu Cheng). We cannot take them lightly.

    “We have to balance our act. We have to adapt to the cold condition and also stay on guard against the Chinese pair,” said Wee Kiong.

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