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04-19-2008, 11:07 AM #375
04-19-2008, 02:10 PM #376
04-19-2008, 07:55 PM #377
04-20-2008, 12:04 AM #378
I like them to color their hair gold come the Olympics !!!
04-20-2008, 01:20 AM #379
04-20-2008, 03:42 AM #380
maybe my word of 'improve' and u all word of 'improve' are in different meaning...
04-20-2008, 04:00 AM #381
04-20-2008, 04:03 AM #382
As much as I think they will be devastating in the Olympics, they were pussyfooting in the 2nd set. That contributed to their loss. They lost the aggression in that 2nd set and Rexy should have given them a stern warning (maybe he had but it did not work).
KKK-TBH need to understand it takes two strong games to win a match. Playing strong in the 1st and then taking the eyes of the other only ensure a chance for your opposition.
But having said the above, gold is imminent.
04-20-2008, 04:07 AM #383
04-20-2008, 04:11 AM #384
04-20-2008, 04:47 AM #385
Team work - one of my points is : you would have seen in MO 2007, SO 2007, or even Denmark 2007 - KKK used to give TBH a fierce look whenever TBH made a mistake but KKK was quick to apologise if KKK himself made an error. THat's what I meant critical of TBH on court, it effected TBH esp during Surdirman Cup 2007.
IN AG 2006, their combination werent that smooth either, going after the same shot, but cos they were new pair, caught everyone by surprise.
Now, KKK dont give fierce look to TBH anymore but encourage TBH, he also did that in XD with Goh LY - like "it's ok partner, we're in this together.".
TBH has excellent skills but lack self confidence, if yesterday, they played like 1st set, could have won the match.
That's what I meant.
But definetely they played the best yesterday for the year 2008 so far
Last edited by eaglehelang; 04-20-2008 at 04:50 AM.
04-20-2008, 04:53 AM #386
Media reports :
Top pair lose their fangs
By : K.M. Boopathy Photographs: Khalid Redza
Koo Kien Keat (right) and Tan Boon Heong look dejected after losing their semi-final match 16-21, 21-16, 21- 18 to Jae Sung Jung and Yong Dae Lee in the Asian Championships yesterday.
NOT only do Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have to accept that they are no longer a feared pair but also the fact that South Korea's Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae are the favourites for the men's doubles gold in the Beijing Olympics.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong still have a chance but victory against the Koreans, or any other pair in Beijing, will only come if the Malaysians can maintain their consistency.
They were at their very best in the first game yesterday but couldn't maintain their aggression in the second and the Koreans took complete control to win 16-21, 21-16, 21-18 in 65 minutes.
Still, there were some positives as Kien Keat-Boon Heong fought till the end and seemed to have also patched up after some differences had threatened to end their partnership earlier.
"We started well but made a tactical error in the second game by slowing down the pace. This gave the Koreans confidence and they were also steadier in defence and attack," said Kien Keat.
"We need to focus on improving our defence and I believe there is hope for us yet as we are undergoing individual programmes to improve our performance.
"My main aim was to regain our combination and understanding and we are slowly getting to where we used to be."
Boon Heong said he had been looking forward to beating Jae Sung-Yong Dae, who took the Malaysians All England and Swiss Open crowns this year, but fell short due to a lapse in concentration.
"I really wanted to win this match but we have to admit that the Koreans are really playing well and we didn't maintain our performance throughout the match," said Boon Heong.
"However, it is our best performance this year and I am optimistic this is the start of better things to come."
National doubles coach Rexy Mainaky said Kien Keat-Boon Heong have improved their combination but urged the pair to think positively in order to get better results.
"Overall, it was a good performance as their combination has improved but they must also think positively in a tight match like this," said Rexy.
"Boon Heong thinks negatively about himself when he should be looking at the positives.
"Their new programme will help them overcome their weaknesses and their defence is one area they have to work on."
While there is still time for them to get their act together for the Olympics, Rexy said improvements shown in Johor Baru augurs well for next month's Thomas Cup campaign as Kien Keat-Boon Heong are easily the strongest second doubles in any team.
Jae Sung-Yong Dae will meet Indonesian scratch pair Candra Wijaya-Nova Widianto in the final today.
Candra-Nova defeated Koreans Lee Jae Jin-Hwang Ji Man 21-15, 19-21, 21-17 yesterday.
Last edited by eaglehelang; 04-20-2008 at 04:56 AM.
04-20-2008, 04:56 AM #387
The Star Online > Sports
Sunday April 20, 2008
No cheer for home fans after Koo-Tan exit
MALAYSIA will not have a men’s doubles finalist for the first time in three years in the Asian Badminton Championships after Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong crashed out in the semi-finals at the Bandaraya Stadium yesterday.
Yesterday, Kien Keat-Boon Heong failed to stop South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung, going down 21-16, 16-21, 18-21, in 65 minutes.
But the Malaysians could not be faulted for not trying to pull the rug from under the All-England and Swiss Open champions.
Comeback kids: Lee Yong-dae (left) and Jung Jae-sung of South Korea celebrate after beating Malaysians Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong 16-21, 21-16, 21-18 in the men’s doubles semi-final yesterday.
After a fiery opening game victory, the Malaysians had several chances to kill off the Koreans in the next game. But they blew it with poor shots.
After a poor start in the decider, the Malaysians came alive towards the tail end of the match but their revival proved to be a case of too little too late.
The Koreans will now meet Indonesian scratch pair Candra Wijaya-Nova Widianto for the title.
The Indonesians prevented an all-Korean final when they put up a solid show to beat Lee Jae-jin-Hwang Ji-man 21-15, 19-21, 21-17 in another energy-sapping semi-final.
Boon Heong was clearly disgusted by the defeat to Yong-dae-Jae-sung, hitting his racquet on the court until it broke when the Koreans secured the winning point.
“It was so disappointing especially after Koo and I got off to a great start. We wanted so much to beat this Korean pair,” said Boon Heong, who was the runner-up in the last two editions.
“After we lost the second game, I was not confident enough to play my own game. I made the mistake of going for smashes to win points when I had an easier option. I must learn to think positively – no matter what situation we are in.
“But I am pleased with the way Koo and I have played in the ABC. Our combination has improved a lot.”
Although Koo was also happy with their performances, he rued the missed chance of making his first final with Boon Heong this year.
“It was certainly one of our best performances this year. But the Koreans were simply better,” he said.
National doubles coach Rexy Mainaky too could afford to smile despite the duo’s defeat.
“I think it is safe to say that the 'original’ Koo-Tan are finally back in action. This is a positive for me as they remind me of when they first started playing as a pair,” said Rexy.
04-20-2008, 05:00 AM #388
04-20-2008, 05:03 AM #389
The indian reporter from NST was a little too critical.
04-20-2008, 05:10 AM #390
04-20-2008, 07:56 AM #391
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