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09-14-2008, 06:24 AM #392
14 Sept 2008
Badminton / Taiwan Open: Roslin, Lydia check into final
By K.M. Boopathy
LYDIA Cheah produced her best effort in grand prix tournaments so far when she battled to the final of the Taiwan Open while veteran Roslin Hashim (pic) also advanced to the men's final in Taipei yesterday. Lydia, who has never advanced past the preliminaries of grand prix events before, continued her gallant run with a 21-17, 14-21, 21-12 victory over Chiu Yi Ju of Taiwan in the last four.
Lydia will take on India's Saina Nehwal, who easily defeated Pia Zabedah of Indonesia 21-7, 21-14, in the final today.
Roslin was also forced to work hard for a 21-17, 16-21, 21-19 win over Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh but the former will not complain as he has a chance to claim another international title in the twilight of his career.
Roslin had won the Swiss and Japan Opens in 2001 and then waited six years to claim his third -- the Vietnam Open -- but he will not have it easy in the final today.
Top seed Simon Santoso of Indonesia, who himself is in search of a first international title, defeated Netherland's Eric Pang 21-16, 21-15 to advance to the final.
National singles coach Rashid Sidek, in a telephone interview from Taipei, said Lydia's aggression was the difference against Yi Ju.
"Lydia was aggressive and attacked from the start to gain the advantage. However, she made several unforced errors in the second game but recovered well in the deciding game," said Rashid.
"Lydia has nothing to lose against Saina and if she can reduce the unforced errors, she has an equal chance of securing the title."
Rashid felt that Roslin will not have it easy against Simon who has the edge in terms of fitness and skills but didn't rule out another giant-killing act from the Malaysian.
Meanwhile, Malaysia's fine run in the men's doubles came to an end as both Razif Latif-Tan Wee Kiong and Hoon Thien How-Ong Soon Hock crashed out in the semi-finals.
Razif-Wee Kiong lost 21-19, 21-14 to top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen of Denmark while Thien How-Soon Hock lost 21-14, 22-20 to Indonesian-American combination Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan.
Unfortunately, Lydia was not able to edge out Saina to win her 1st GP Gold title. But this is her 1st runner-up in GP Gold, hope Lydia gets more International exposure in future to gain experience.
09-14-2008, 08:30 AM #393
It is a good run for Lydia and it is hope that BAM will give her better exposure. It is a good performance right after winning the Vietnam Satellite and now the finalist of Taiwan Open.
Train harder and be more consistence,then she will be there with Saina
09-14-2008, 08:32 AM #394
09-14-2008, 08:33 AM #395
09-14-2008, 08:45 AM #396
CHINESE TAIPEI gp gold conclusion
ARIF AND TCS DIDNT LIFT up to expectation...
hmm...wondering why tcs cant perform lately.........
julia been beaten by pia...hmm...acceptable...
lydia cheah,well done for 1st gp gold final for her...she is improving...and will be one of the rising star to watch in future......hope she reduce her error......consistence is important...
others,keep improving please...
well done for wee kiong and razif...reach another semis after SGO...hope more result from this pair...
ong/hoon...well done for reaching semis...but they should take more points from tony and candra...1st set lost too easily...
mak/teo...hope they win the wj md title this year......
tan/khoo...hmm...tony and candra is too much for them...hope they keep improving...
hope all player have major breakthrough...if not...hard to compete with others...
only tan/woon doing well here,upsets 3rd seed...
razif/sabrina lost in 3 close sets...hope they raise their game to another level...
others...hmm...gaining experience is important...
hope bam will let all the back up player and junior have more exposure...pray......
09-14-2008, 09:38 AM #397
09-14-2008, 10:40 PM #398
Badminton / Taiwan Open: Back-up pairs impress in Taiwan
By : K.M. BOOPATHY
Razif Latif (right) and Tan Wee Kiong have a very bright future ahead of them.
REXY Mainaky’s decision to expose back-up pairs to the international scene has given momentum to the national doubles squad and the latest results from the Taiwan Open is testimony of the potential these players possess.
None of the senior pairs were in action at the Taiwan Open and early round exits were expected from the back-up pairs but to their credit, they proved otherwise and staked strong claims for further exposure.
Two pairs — Razif Latif-Tan Wee Kiong and Hoon Thien How-Ong Soon Hock — have stood out and, not surprisingly, both made the semi-finals in Taiwan.
Razif-Wee Kiong, who focused on the mixed doubles last year, are only playing in their third competition as a pair and their latest results should see them improve their world ranking from 86th into the top 60.
It is their second semi-final appearance after having reached the same stage in the Singapore Open in June and Rexy has already seen plenty of potential in this combination.
Thien How-Soon Hock also reached their second straight semi-final which they also did in the Indonesia Open.
The other back-up pairs who played in Taiwan are Asian Junior champions Mak Hee Chun-Teo Kok Siang and Khoo Chung Chiat-Tan Bin Shen who lost in the first and second rounds respectively.
There are two other combinations — Goh Wei Shem-Ong Jian Guo and Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah — and they have been entered for the upcoming China Masters on Sept 23-28 and the Macau Open on Sept 30-Oct 5.
Rexy said it is important to focus on the younger combinations early so that they will have enough quality pairs to support Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan, who look to be the only senior combinations who will be part of the 2012 London Olympics programme.
“We have to expose them so that they will have enough experience when the London Olympics comes around. The back-up pairs have been showing good progress and have a lot of potential,” said Rexy.
“It is also good to see that they have been pushing the seniors in training and also in local tournaments.
“A couple of years ago, the seniors would win hands down but it has become tougher for them to beat the back-up pairs. Some have even beaten the seniors and this is a very healthy situation,” Rexy has already said that Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah are not part of his future plans and the veteran pair will serve as sparring partners for the next six months. The Gan Teik Chai-Lin Woon Fui combination could also be dropped.
The current situation looks to be ideal for Razif-Wee Kiong and other back-up pairs to grab their opportunities, make quick progress and become quality pairs, and eventually challenge the seniors for a place in the London Olympics.
Limsy, there's a picture of your Kiong2 .
Hmm, this reporter seems to have forgotten Gan/Lin also played in Taiwan Open.
09-14-2008, 10:44 PM #399
Badminton / Taiwan Open: Hopes for double dashed
By : K. M. Boopathy
Roslin Hashim lost to Simon Santoso 21-18, 13-21, 21-10.
ROSLIN Hashim and Lydia Cheah’s hopes of making it a double for Malaysia in the Taiwan Open fizzled out in contrasting ways in Taipei yesterday.
Roslin, who was looking forward to his fourth grand prix title, battled hard but couldn’t stop Indonesian top seed Simon Santoso from securing a 21-18, 13-21, 21-10 victory in the final.
It was also Simon’s first career international title after having failed in the final of the last two Super Series events, the Singapore and Indonesia Opens, in June.
Lydia, 19, was undone by the first-time jitters as she failed to put on a decent effort against second seed Saina Nehwal of India losing 21-8, 21-19. It was Lydia’s first appearance in a grand prix final and the inexperience was evident yesterday where the Malaysian’s game was littered with unforced errors which made things easier for Saina.
There was some hope, though, in the second game when Lydia played aggressively and took a 13-8 lead but errors started to creep in which allowed her opponent to snatch the initiative and race to a straight-game win.
It was Saina’s second grand prix title after her success in the 2006 Philippines Open where she beat another Malaysian, Julia Wong, in the final.
National singles coach Rashid Sidek, in a telephone interview from Taipei, said that Lydia succumbed to nerves. “It was Lydia’s first big final and she was tense from the start. She couldn’t control the game at all and made too many unforced errors,” said Rashid.
“Lydia was more adventurous in the second game where she played more aggressively and was deceptive. However, she just couldn’t keep the error rate down even when leading 13-8 and this cost her victory.
“She must cut down on unforced errors. If she keeps conceding easy points, then it will be tough for Lydia to perform consistently.”
Meanwhile, the Indonesian-American combination of Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan’s title drought continued when they were beaten 22-20, 21-14 by Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen in the men’s doubles final.
Taiwan’s Chien Yu Chin-Chen Weng Hsin secured the women’s doubles crown when they beat Indonesia’s Rani Mundiasti-Jo Novita 21-16, 21-17. Weng Hsin was earlier denied the mixed double title with Fang Chieh Min losing 14-21, 21-11, 21-19 to Devin Lahardi-Lita Nurlita of Indonesia.
Go Lydia, next time you can make it & Win one.
09-15-2008, 01:07 AM #400
09-15-2008, 01:31 AM #401
chris, just win one??? alamak.. haha
09-15-2008, 02:35 AM #402
09-15-2008, 07:54 AM #403
09-15-2008, 08:00 AM #404
The Star Online > Sports
Monday September 15, 2008
Malaysian back-up shuttlers have work cut out
By RAJES PAUL
PETALING JAYA: Youngster Lydia Cheah’s tame defeat in the final of the Taiwan Open yesterday reaffirmed that Malaysia’s back-up shuttlers still have a lot of catching up to do on the senior international stage.
The 19-year-old Lydia blew her chance to land her first Open title, crashing to a 8-21, 19-21 defeat by India’s Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles final.
Despite the defeat, Lydia, the winner of the Vietnam Satellite in June, was the best performer among the back-up players in the tournament in Taipei.
Nothing to shout about: Mohd Arif Abdul Latif’s early exit in the Taiwan Open exposed his vulnerability on the world stage.
In the men’s singles, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Tan Chun Seang crashed out in the early rounds against unheralded players, exposing their vulnerability on the international stage.
The doubles pairs of Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Tan Wee Kiong and Hoon Thien How-Ong Soon Hock also showed that they still have a long way to go after losing to established pairs — Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen of Denmark and Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan respectively — in the semi-finals.
Boe-Morgensen went on to win their first title this year, beating the Indonesian-American combination of Candra-Tony 22-20, 21-14.
Coach Rashid Sidek said that Lydia had herself to blame for the defeat.
“She was playing in her first big final. She was quite tense in the first game and made too many mistakes,” said Rashid in a telephone interview.
“In the second game, she had more deceptive and attacking shots and was even in control until 13-8. Then, she collapsed again, making just too many silly mistakes.
“Lydia is a good player but her problem is that she gives away easy points to her opponent. She makes it difficult for herself.”
Rashid added that Lydia and the other back-up shuttlers needed to put in much more hard work.
“Overall, our back-up players are still not there yet.
“They have to train harder in order to match the pace set by the top players on the international stage. More exposure at the higher level will certainly help them,” he said.
There was double disappointment for Malaysia yesterday. Nusa Mahsuri’s Mohd Roslin Hashim went down 18-21, 21-13, 10-21 to Indonesian Simon Santoso in the men’s singles final.
09-15-2008, 12:00 PM #405
09-28-2008, 11:00 PM #406
yesterday is khoo chung chiat birthday...happy belated birthday...
09-29-2008, 09:35 AM #407
Arif's face looks EXACTLY like one of my friend's!
His hairstyle, his expression when shouting (my friend only plays football, tho), perfectly similar!
I'm still curious...
09-29-2008, 09:38 AM #408
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