• Ivanov easily sails into main draw (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Russian Vladimir Ivanov had only five hours of sleep before playing in the qualifiers.

    However, that did not stop the tall and valiant Ivanov from making it to the main draw of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday. Even with a lack of sleep, Russian Vladimir Ivanov won both his Maybank Malaysian Open qualifying matches to make it to the main draw where he will face Japan's Kenichi Tago.

    The 26-year-old won his two qualifying matches – beating Malaysia’s Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif 10-21, 21-12, 23-21 and Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit 21-16, 21-17 – to set up a match against Japan’s Kenichi Tago.

    “Both matches were hard for me as I only had five hours of sleep after arriving in Malaysia at 2am. Thankfully, I did not fall asleep on the courts today,” joked Ivanov.

  • Wei Feng faces towering hurdle at Korean Open (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: December was a month of high and low for world No. 13 Chong Wei Feng.

    The Kedahan was down in the dumps after a shocking first round defeat at the Myanmar SEA Games, but recovered well to win his first national title in his career.

    Now, he is eager to start the year on a high when he takes to the court in the first round of the Korean Open in Seoul on Wednesday.

    The scrawny Wei Feng, who has improved by leaps and bounds despite the Myanmar shocker, is fired up for a good result with places for the Thomas Cup, to be held from May 18-25 in New Delhi, India, at stake.

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