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Chong Wei, Hafiz, Advance To Second Round

By Hilary Sebastian KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 (Bernama) -- World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the second round of the Malaysian Open badminton championships after defeating Indonesian Andre Kurniawan Tedjono in straight sets at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here, today. Chong Wei playing his first international match this year, had to...

Two elite back-up singles players make it to the main draw (pic)

MALAYSIA have put two elite back-up men’s singles players — Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng — in the main draw of the Malaysian Open but three others crashed out in the qualifying tournament yesterday. Daren beat Thailand’s top junior Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 in the first round and had an easy 21-17, 21-11 win over compatriot Vountus...

Top badminton player wins first Malaysia Open game

National top athlete Nguyen Tien Minh had no difficulty in beating Hong Ji-hoon of the Republic of Korea in the first round of the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series in Kuala Lumpur on January 7. Minh, the world No 17 seed needed only 36 minutes to win 21-9, 21-16 over Hong who was ...

South Korea will miss Hyun-il sorely

THE South Korean badminton team will no longer have the services of their top men’s singles shuttler Lee Hyun-il in international tournaments. The runner-up of the Malaysian Open last year has decided to limit his participation in competitive badminton to only club-level tournaments within the country after ending his bachelorhood. He got married after the Beijing Olympics last August...

Gail Emms becomes Badminton England’s first ambassador (pic)

Booster: Gail Emms will become Badminton England's first ambassador
Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms has agreed to become Badminton England's first ambassador as the national governing body attempts to bolster the sport through one of its best-known faces. Emms, 31, who retired after last year's Beijing Games, will start immediately as a mentor to promising young players...

Sickly Misbun will not be able to guide Chong Wei in Malaysian Open (pic)

Feeling poorly: Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo visiting their coach Misbun Sidek, who was admitted for lung infection yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei may have to make his defence of the Malaysian Open title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week in the absence of his mentor and coach, Misbun Sidek. Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here on Monday evening for suspected lung infection and he was put on drips.Misbun, who looked...

Rashid To Prepare Chong Wei For Super Series

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be trained by national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek until his mentor coach, Datuk Misbun Sidek recover from his sickness. Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Rashid would help Chong Wei prepare for the Badminton Super Series starting Tuesday. Ismail Sabri...

Chong Wei will not allow Misbun’s illness to distract him at Malaysian Open

KUALA LUMPUR: Coach Datuk Misbun Sidek is lying sick in bed but Lee Chong Wei will keep his mind on the job to prepare well for the defence of the Malaysian Open men’s singles title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week. Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here for lung infection on Monday and can...

All-Klang Valley final in mixed team tournament (pic)

It’s mine: Muhd Syawal taking a shot during the semi-final match with Johor as his partner Harn Xin watches. The pair clinched the winning point for Selangor.
PETALING JAYA: It will be an all-Klang Valley final in the 100Plus National Junior inter-state mixed team badminton championships. Defending champions Kuala Lumpur advanced beating Kedah 6-3 in the semi-finals at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday. And Selangor qualified with a 6-5 win over Johor. While it was smooth sailing for KL against Kedah, Selangor were...

Hafiz’s baby girl inspires him to try and salvage his career (pic)

My inspiration: Mohd Hafiz Hashim with his baby girl, Hanna Sofileah, and wife, Nadzatul Shima Mohd Nazari, at their home in Kota Damansara Saturday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim has given himself one more year to try and salvage his badminton career. And, this time, the person behind his comeback is his new-born baby girl. Hafiz resumed training a week ago and will compete in the back-to-back Malaysian and Korean Opens. The Malaysian Open, which serves as the season opener of...

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