• From underdog to champion - Mak Hee Chun/Tan Bin Shen win Sabah Open

    Kota Kinabalu: In the end, the right men won. And they ended their year on a high note.

    Former world junior champion Mak Hee Chun who was dropped from Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in 2012, teamed with Tan Bin Shen who left the national team in 2010, as they defied all odds to triumph over top seeds Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han in the men's doubles final of Sabah Open on Sunday. Mak-Tan won the intense battle 16-21,21-19,21-16 in 58 minutes.Mak Hee Chun and Tan Bin Shen win Sabah Open

    Mak Hee Chun and Tan Bin Shen win Sabah Open

  • Sabah Open: Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen continues upset streak

    Kuala Lumpur: After knocking second seeds Low Juan Shen-Ong Yew Sin out of the tournament on Friday, the unseeded Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen reached the finals at Sabah Open on Saturday with another shock upset over fourth seeds Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Ee Yi winning 21-12,15-21,22-20 in 52 minutes. Mak - Tan will battle number one seeds Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han in the men's doubles final.Ow Yao Han (left) trains with Lim Khim Wah

    Ow Yao Han (left) trains with Lim Khim Wah

  • Goh Soon Huat, Iskandar, Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen at Sabah Open semis

    Kuala Lumpur: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) shuttler Goh Soon Huat remained on course to qualify for the semi-finals at the Sabah Open after a straight sets win over Chong Yee Han 21-13, 21-17 on Friday. Another BAM shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin also booked his place in the semi-finals when the seventh seed defeated Lim Chi Wing 21-12, 13-21, 21-14 in a hard fought battle that lasted 46 minutes.    Young guys like Mak Hee Chun (left) and Tan Bin Shen deserve a second chance if they could outperform their peers from BAM

    Young guys like Mak Hee Chun (left) and Tan Bin Shen deserve a second chance if they could outperform their peers from BAM

  • Lee Hyun-il outlasts Tan Chun Seang to win Kuching International

    Kuching: The world number 60, veteran comeback kid Lee Hyun-Il who was the hero in South Korea upsetting China for last month’s Asian Games team title, overcame Malaysia’s Tan Chun Seang 17-21,21-16,21-11 to win the Maybank Kuching International Badminton Challenge men’s singles crown on Sunday.Lee Hyun-Il (left) and Tan Chun Seang - Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

    Lee Hyun-Il (left) and Tan Chun Seang - Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

  • Lee Hyun-Il vs Tan Chun Seang in Kuching final

    Kuching: As expected, tournament favorite Lee Hyun-Il of South Korea cruised into the men’s singles final of Maybank Malaysia Kuching International Challenge at Stadium Perpaduan on Saturday.Lee Hyun-il is probably trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics

    Lee Hyun-il is probably trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics

    The top seed dashed Malaysia’s 2011 world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli hopes of progressing further in the competition by beating him 21-17, 21-7 in just 31 minutes.

  • Chinese Taipei Open: Mak-Chow crash out

    Taipei: Independent shuttlers Mak Hee Chun and Chow Pak Chuu’s hopes of an semi-final berth was over after they suffered quarter finals exit at the Chinese Taipei Open with a straight sets defeat to Japan’s Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata 21-16, 21-18 in 34 minutes.Press Conference (from left) - Takuma Ueda,Henri Hurskainen,n/a, Tai Tzu Ying, Yu Yang, Lin Dan, Simon Santoso

    Press Conference (from left) - Takuma Ueda,Henri Hurskainen,n/a, Tai Tzu Ying, Yu Yang, Lin Dan, Simon Santoso


  • Chinese Taipei Open: Mak Hee Chun-Chow Pak Chuu in Q/F

    Taipei: As others faltered, former world junior champion Mak Hee Chun and his partner Chow Pak Chuu held it together to advance to the quarter-finals of Chinese Taipei Open Championships knocking off world No.32 Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira-Ade Yusuf of Indonesia 21-19, 21-12. Mak Hee Chun (left) and his doubles partner Chow Pak Chuu hope to revive their career in badminton.

    Mak Hee Chun (left) and his doubles partner Chow Pak Chuu hope to revive their career in badminton.



    Mak Hee Chun was once down in the doldrums after being dropped from the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) set-up in September 2012. But after a long hiatus, the 23-year-old Hee Chun, who won the world junior boys’ doubles title with Teo Kok Siang in 2008, teamed up with former partner Chow Pak Chuu in a bid to revive his career. They will play Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata of Japan on Friday.

  • Lee Hyun-il: I am thrilled to be back

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning the Sri Lanka International Challenge last week, former world No.1 Lee Hyun-il proved he's still got game!Lee Hyun-il is on of the most exciting badminton player to watch during his prime

    Lee Hyun-il is on of the most exciting badminton player to watch during his prime

    Lee signed a two-year deal with Malaysian equipment manufacturer Apacs in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. The 34-year-old South Korean came out of his second retirement last fall to capture the Korea Grand Prix Gold in Jeonju by defeating Ji Hoon Hong 21-18 21-12.

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