• Thailand upset Indonesia to win Axiata Cup

    Kuala Lumpur: Thailand needed only a 2-2 draw to edge past Indonesia at the Axiata Cup final on Sunday and to pocket prize money of USD400, 000 (RM1.2 million).

    Both teams were tied at 2-2 for matches won and 4-4 on games won at the end of the tie. Based on the Axiata Cup tournament format, if the overall score is tied at 2-2, team that wins more points will win the cup. After all the scores were tallied, Thailand defeated Indonesia by a mere two points, 140-138.The 2014 Axiata Cup Champion - Thailand

    The 2014 Axiata Cup Champion - Thailand

  • Chong Wei, Wei Feng through to second round (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: It was plain sailing for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Chong Wei Feng in the first round of the All-England at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

    Chong Wei showed no ill effects of his ankle injury as he scored a comprehensive 21-15, 21-17 win over Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk on Wednesday.World No. 16 Chong Wei Feng in a file photo. He beat world No. 11 Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-18, 21-19 in the first round of the All-England.

    Over on the other court, world No. 16 Wei Feng, who has endured a torrid start to the year, put up a superb attacking display to pack off world No. 11 Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-18, 21-19.

    A third Malaysian shuttler was in the fray in the first round. However, Misbun Ramdan Misbun, who came through the qualifiers, went down to Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen 21-15, 21-10.

  • Tough draw for Malaysians at All-England (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian shuttlers have been handed a tough draw for the All-England badminton championships, which will be held in Birmingham from March 4-9.

    According to the draw released Tuesday, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has a tricky first round match against Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, who has a knack for rising to the occasion.Chen Long has an easier path than Lee Chong Wei at the All-England next month. Chen Long's opening round match is against former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

    The others in top seed Chong Wei’s top half of the draw are Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, China’s Du Pengyu, Malaysia’s Wei Feng and Japan’s Kenichi Tago and Kento Momota.

    If Chong Wei wins the opener, he will meet either Wei Feng or Marc Zwiebler of Germany before either Pengyu or Momota awaits him in the quarter-finals.



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