• Australian Open: Malaysia shuttlers sail through qualifying matches

    Sydney: All Malaysian players were able to advance to the main draw of Australia Open on Tuesday.

    Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif defeated Mitchell Wheller of Australia 21-11, 21-8 in his first qualifying match, and knocked out Andrew Smith of England 21-17, 22-20 in the second qualifying match.Olympic gold medalist Fu Haifeng (left) looked absolutely stunned by the size of the giant lobster in Australia!

    Olympic gold medalist Fu Haifeng (left) looked absolutely stunned by the size of the giant lobster in Australia!

  • Lee Chong Wei is on his way to his third Indian Open title

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 badminton player - Lee Chong Wei cruised through the first round of the India Open in New Delhi easily by defeating Ajay Kumar from Indian 21-9, 21-9 in 24 minutes.Lee Chong Wei has pretty easy draw in India Open until he meets Chen Long

    Lee Chong Wei has pretty easy draw in India Open until he meets Chen Long


    He is going to play against the runner-up of Malaysian Open GP Gold, rising star Sourabh Varma from India in the second round.

  • 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

  • Tan Boon Heong hopes to rejuvenate his career with Ow Yao Han (pic)

    PASIR GUDANG: Tan Boon Heong-Ow Yao Han survived a thrilling match against Hardianto Hardianto-Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra of Indonesia, winning 28-26, 21-13, in a 43-minute hard fought match of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium. They are going to face Markis Kido-Gidoen Markus Fernaldi for a place in the semi-finals. Tan Boon Heong (right) and Ow Yao Han on their way to beating Hardianto Hardianto-Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra of Indonesia 28-26, 21-13 in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.

    “Frankly, I was lost and thinking about quitting when Kien Keat resigned,” admitted Boon Heong. "But, I told myself, why don't I give my career another chance by partnering some one younger? Then, the coaches asked me to play with two-time world junior champion Ow Yao Han  in three international tournaments (the ongoing Malaysia Open GP, India and Singapore Superseries) and see how it goes?"

  • Tan Boon Heong-Ow Yao Han have room for improvement (pic)

    PASIR GUDANG: Doubles shuttlers Ow Yao Han-Tan Boon Heong were struggling on the first set, but where able to pull it off by beating Christopher Risdianto-Trikusuma Wardhana of Indonesia 19-21, 21-15, 21-8 in their first international debut on Wednesday.Goh Soon Huat in a file photo. He vows to justify his selection into the Thomas Cup Finals squad.

    “We got off to a slow start and fortunately, fortunately our opponents were not too strong. We were able to finish strong today."

    “We played well in training, hopefully, we will play with more fervour in the next match.” said Boon Heong.

  • A New Journey Begins for Tan Boon Heong (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Men's doubles ace Tan Boon Heong still has a lot of fight left in him. With all the ups and downs of the rollercoaster career with Koo Kien Keat, the 26-year-old shuttler will start his new partnership with Ow Yao Han.

    The pair will play their first game at Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold, which starts on Wednesday at Pasir Gudang. They have been registered for two Superseries events – the Indian Open (April 1-6) and Singapore Open (April 8-13).Ow Yao Han picked as Tan Boon Heong's new comrade

    Tan Boon Heong and Kien Keat had been criticized for their lackluster performance on the international stage for the last three years and BAM had considered split them up earlier.

    Datuk Norza Zakaria (BAM deputy president) said on Monday that Boon Heong is still under scrutiny and that he should try to perform at his best, and not take his place in the national team for granted.

    Norza would like Boon Heong would be to emulate former men’s doubles world champions Hendra Setiawan-Markis Kido of Indonesia where they were broke apart due to their poor performance after 2008 Beijing Olympic. Since then, Hendra has done well to guide his younger partner Mohd Ahsan to the world title last year and they are now the world No. 1.

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