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Rexy: I am leaving (pic)

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By RAJES PAUL and LIM TEIK HUAT INDONESIAN Rexy Mainaky has quit as the national doubles coach of the Malaysian team – barely seven months before the Beijing Olympic Games and four months before the Thomas Cup Finals.  His decision comes a day after his charges – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul...

Indonesians win again at ‘lucky’ venue

MALAYSIA is a happy hunting ground for the Indonesian men's doubles pair of Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan. The duo put up a classy show yesterday to end the gallant run of Denmark's Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen in the Malaysian Open, winning an entertaining 48-minute final 21-10, 20-22, 21-18.  Last year, the Indonesians also stole the...

Chinese shuttlers capture two golds at Malaysia Open badminton

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Badminton players from China seized two gold medals as the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series 2008 closed here on Sunday.  China's mixed double pair He Haibin/Yu Yang fought a quick battle against their South Korean rivals Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung with 21-14 and 21-15 and secured...

Chong Wei keeps his cool to sink Hyun-il

STORIES By RAJES PAUL Badminton fans in the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil erupted in joy yesterday when national number one Lee Chong Wei smashed his way to his fourth Malaysian Open title in five years. The top seeded Chong Wei came through unscathed despite immense pressure to beat South Korean Lee Hyun-il, who is...

Malaysia open 2008: Koo-Tan lose to Danes (pic)

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VETERANS Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng advanced to the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open badminton championships but the celebrations were muted following the shocking exit of defending champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night. The signs were already there when the world number...

Malaysia open 2008: World class badminton singles players in short supply in Indonesia

 KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's chances of producing men's singles world champions in the near future look bleak, Taufik Hidayat's coach Mulyo Handoyo has said. None of the current back-up shuttlers in the Indonesian national team have the potential to emulate Taufik's exploits on the world stage, Mulyo said Thursday at Putra Stadium where the Malaysia...

Malaysia open 2008: Minh goes out of Malaysia Open (pic)

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam No 1 Nguyen Tien Minh suffered a first-round defeat in the Proton Malaysia Open Super Series to Poland's top player Przemyslaw Wacha in three sets yesterday. Nguyen Tien Minh. The country's only representative in Malaysia reached the main round after outplaying three opponents in the qualifying stages on Tuesday. It took Minh (ranked 42...

Malaysia open 2008: Chong Wei overcomes fever and Hafiz in first round (pic)

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AN overnight fever did not stop national number one Lee Chong Wei from reaching the second round of the Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.  Seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann and KLRC Bhd’s Sairul Amar Ayob gave better performances in their chase to win valuable Olympic ranking points and joined Chong Wei in the...

Malaysia open 2008: Taufik sent tumbling out of Malaysian Open

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat tumbled out of the Malaysian Open Super Series after losing 21-18 21-16 to Indonesian compatriot Simon Santoso in the second round on Thursday. The sixth seed, beaten in the first round last year by China's Lin Dan, appeared listless as he fell to Santoso in only 40 minutes. ...

Malaysia open 2008: Koo-Tan survive (pic)

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By RAJES PAUL and LIM TEIK HUAT JIBES and boos from the home fans did not send world number one Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong crashing to an embarrassing first-round defeat in the Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.  The top seeded pair started the tournament as the defending champions for the first time...

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