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    Friendship helps Amelia-Fie Cho on court

    BY RAJES PAUL

    Amelia Anscelly and Soong Fie Cho (left) have used their good friendship to help them on court. At the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold, they will face China's Huang Yaqiang-Yu Xiaohan in the quarter-finals.

    PASIR GUDANG: In the absence of Myanmar SEA Games women’s doubles champions Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, the spotlight is on Sabahans Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho to step up to the plate in the ongoing Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.

    The duo did just that on Thursday by checking into the quarter-finals at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium after a hard-fought 21-17, 21-16 win over Chaladchalam Chayanit-Peeraya Munkitamorn of Thailand.

    They will take on China’s aspiring juniors, Huang Yaqiang-Yu Xiaohan, in the last eight on Friday – and another round of good showing will justify their status as the country’s second best women’s pair.

    Amelia and Fie Cho, bosom buddies from young, are glad that their close-knit friendship brought them together on the badminton court.

    “We have been playing together in the national team for only one and a half years although we have known each other for a very long time,” said the 26-year-old Amelia.

    “I joined BAM’s (Badminton Association of Malaysia) Academy in Form 1.

    Whenever I went back to the state for short breaks, I would catch up with my childhood friend Fie Cho by playing badminton.

    “Fortunately, our dream to play badminton together for Malaysia materialised when Fie Cho finally joined me at BAM one and a half years ago.”

    Their partnership got off to a brilliant start when they won their first international title at the 2013 Iran International in February.
    Fie Cho said that they had enjoyed steady progress but have yet to make any major breakthroughs.

    “We came very close to winning our first GP Gold title last year but lost in the final in Vietnam. We can work so well together and I believe we have a lot of room for improvement,” added Fie Cho, who hopes to go far in the home tournament.

    A good showing will certainly justify their selection for the Uber Cup Finals squad.
    Besides Amelia-Fie Cho, Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean also made it to the women’s doubles quarter-finals. They will next take on third seeds Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei of Singapore.



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    Amelia-Fie Cho seek revenge against Indian pairBY RAJES PAULMalaysian women’s doubles pair Soong Fie Cho (left) and Amelia Anscelly.Malaysian women’s doubles pair Soong Fie Cho (left) and Amelia Anscelly. EmailFacebook9KUALA LUMPUR: National women’s doubles shuttlers Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho will be on a dual mission after marching into the quarter-finals of the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) in Gimcheon, South Korea, on a day most of the other Malaysians fell by the wayside.On Thursday, Amelia-Fie Cho kept it simple to beat Hsieh Pei-chen-Cheng Wen-hsing of Taiwan 21-14, 21-14 in a 30-minute second round match to set up a last eight clash against India’s former World Championships bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa-Jwala Gutta of India.They aim to avenge their Indian Open GP Gold loss to Ashwini-Jwala and hope that it would help seal their place in the Uber Cup Finals squad.“Fie Cho and I played calmly against the Taiwanese pair. It will be tougher tomorrow (against the Indians). We lost to them at the Indian Open GP Gold but we hope to get our revenge,” said Amelia.“Hopefully, a good run here will strengthen our chances of playing in the Uber Cup Finals team.”They were the only women’s doubles pair left in the ABC after Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo crashed out.Khe Wei-Vivian lost 15-21, 22-24 to fourth seeds Ko A-ra-Yoo Hae-won of South Korea while Meng Yean-Yin Loo went down 15-21, 11-21 to China’s Luo sisters – Ying and Yu.In men’s doubles, Low Juan Shen-Nelson Heg Wei Keat are through to the semi-finals after their opponents – top seeds and Singapore Open runners-up Tsai Chia-hsin-Lee Sheng-mu of Taiwan – conceded a walkover.Juan Shen-Wei Keat will take on China’s Shi Longfei-Chen Zhuofu and there is a good chance for them to reach their first men’s doubles final in an Open tournament.Malaysia’s other men’s doubles pair Teo Ee Yi-Chooi Kah Ming crashed out 15-21, 12-21 to South Koreans Shin Baek-cheol-Yoo Yeon-seong on Thursday.Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s singles was wiped out with the defeats of Tee Jing Yi and Lim Yin Fun.In men’s singles, five-time world champion Lin Dan of China continued with his fine form when he reached the quarter-finals with a thumping 21-13, 21-4 win over Pham Cao Cuong of Vietnam in 30 minutes.The reigning China Masters Grand Prix Gold champion will now take on Hong Kong’s Wei Nan, who did well to dump Lee Dong-keon of South Korea with a 21-8, 21-17 win in 45 minutes.

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    Amelia-Fie Cho seek revenge against Indian pairBY RAJES PAULMalaysian women’s doubles pair Soong Fie Cho (left) and Amelia Anscelly.Malaysian women’s doubles pair Soong Fie Cho (left) and Amelia Anscelly. EmailFacebook9KUALA LUMPUR: National women’s doubles shuttlers Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho will be on a dual mission after marching into the quarter-finals of the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) in Gimcheon, South Korea, on a day most of the other Malaysians fell by the wayside.On Thursday, Amelia-Fie Cho kept it simple to beat Hsieh Pei-chen-Cheng Wen-hsing of Taiwan 21-14, 21-14 in a 30-minute second round match to set up a last eight clash against India’s former World Championships bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa-Jwala Gutta of India.They aim to avenge their Indian Open GP Gold loss to Ashwini-Jwala and hope that it would help seal their place in the Uber Cup Finals squad.“Fie Cho and I played calmly against the Taiwanese pair. It will be tougher tomorrow (against the Indians). We lost to them at the Indian Open GP Gold but we hope to get our revenge,” said Amelia.“Hopefully, a good run here will strengthen our chances of playing in the Uber Cup Finals team.”They were the only women’s doubles pair left in the ABC after Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo crashed out.Khe Wei-Vivian lost 15-21, 22-24 to fourth seeds Ko A-ra-Yoo Hae-won of South Korea while Meng Yean-Yin Loo went down 15-21, 11-21 to China’s Luo sisters – Ying and Yu.In men’s doubles, Low Juan Shen-Nelson Heg Wei Keat are through to the semi-finals after their opponents – top seeds and Singapore Open runners-up Tsai Chia-hsin-Lee Sheng-mu of Taiwan – conceded a walkover.Juan Shen-Wei Keat will take on China’s Shi Longfei-Chen Zhuofu and there is a good chance for them to reach their first men’s doubles final in an Open tournament.Malaysia’s other men’s doubles pair Teo Ee Yi-Chooi Kah Ming crashed out 15-21, 12-21 to South Koreans Shin Baek-cheol-Yoo Yeon-seong on Thursday.Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s singles was wiped out with the defeats of Tee Jing Yi and Lim Yin Fun.In men’s singles, five-time world champion Lin Dan of China continued with his fine form when he reached the quarter-finals with a thumping 21-13, 21-4 win over Pham Cao Cuong of Vietnam in 30 minutes.The reigning China Masters Grand Prix Gold champion will now take on Hong Kong’s Wei Nan, who did well to dump Lee Dong-keon of South Korea with a 21-8, 21-17 win in 45 minutes.

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    Doubles champ Fie Cho goes from sawdust to stardust

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    National women doubles pair Soong Fie Cho and Amelia Anscelly in action at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea last September. - Filepic
    National women doubles pair Soong Fie Cho and Amelia Anscelly in action at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea last September. - Filepic

    KUALA LUMPUR: In just four years, Soong Fie Cho has turned from a helper at a sawmill company in Sabah’s Lahad Datu to a badminton champion.

    And buoyed by the change of fortune in her badminton career, the 24-year-old Fie Cho is now looking forward to her first All-England appearance with Amelia Anscelly in Birmingham from March 3-8.

    Last month, Fie Cho and fellow Sabahan Amelia made heads turn when they won the women’s doubles title at the Indian Open Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow. They stunned Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa of India, the Commonweath Games silver medallists, in the semi-finals and then compatriots Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, the Commonwealth Games champions, in the final for their first GP Gold title.

    Fie Cho-Amelia’s other triumph was at the Iran International Challenge last year.

    On the local front, Fie Cho-Amelia did well to win the national title twice in 2013 and 2015.

    Fie Cho is also an accomplished mixed doubles player, emerging as the national mixed doubles champion with Goh V Shem in 2013 and Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid last year.

    Fie Cho said she would not have been involved in badminton if not for childhood friend Amelia.

    “I will always be grateful to Amelia. She left the national team in 2010 and returned to Sabah. Then, I was working at my father’s sawmill. She coaxed me to partner her in the women’s doubles as independent players,” said Fie Cho.

    “We found a sponsor and did quite well in 2011. By end of that year, national coach Rosman Razak invited us to join the national team.

    “Before joining the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia), I used to play with my father and his friends at night ... that was the only regular training for me. I had represented Sabah in junior tournaments, but never gone beyond that.”

    Things have certainly changed for Fie Cho and Amelia. Today, they are ranked 24th in the world and have earned a direct entry into the main draw of the All-England, the world’s oldest badminton tournament, for the first time.

    “Finally, I get to play at the All-England. Hopefully, Amelia and I will be able to make it a memorable outing,” added Fie Cho.

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