12-24-2008, 05:18 AM #1004
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12-25-2008, 12:27 AM #1008
The Star Online > Sports
Tuesday December 23, 2008
Badminton: A lot of work still needed to become world-beaters
By RAJES PAUL
KOTA KINABALU: Thanks to China, Malaysian shuttlers enjoyed a big payout in the just concluded US$500,000 Super Series Masters Finals at the Likas Indoor Stadium here.
Malaysia had qualifiers in all five events and they dug in for a total of US$147,500 (RM513,000). And the big share of the pie was earned from three outstanding winning performances — Lee Chong Wei (men’ singles, US$40,000), Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (men’s doubles, US$42,000) and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty (women’s doubles, US$42,000).
Money aside, it was a good achievement considering that Malaysia have never won three titles in a single Open championships.
Chong Wei claimed his first title as world number one; Kien Keat-Boon Heong defeated several top pairs to regain their confidence after having struggled with their acts for almost a year; and Eei Hui-Pei Tty continued to give Malaysian women’s badminton a boost by nailing their biggest career win.
But when celebrations over the triple successes die down, reality will remain painful for Malaysia badminton.
Can the Malaysian players pull off the same feat in the presence of the mighty China players?
China withdrew all their qualifiers for the Masters Finals citing three reasons — that it had been a long season; they did not want to risk their players to injuries; and all those in their national team had to attend a three-month camp.
For the season-opening Super Series tournament, the Malaysian Open scheduled for Jan 6-11 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, China will only be represented by their second stringers. Their best will make a return at the All-England in March.
Getting the better of the Chinese players should be the challenge and mission for the Malaysians next season.
Chong Wei showed superb speed and great determination in outclassing Indonesian Taufik Hidayat and Dane Peter Gade-Christensen in the semi-finals and final of the Masters Finals respectively.
These qualities were much lacking in his performances at the World Championships last year (he bowed out early to Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro) and in the final of the Beijing Olympics last August (he was thrashed by China’s Lin Dan).
Chong Wei has set goals to win the big ones this year — the All-England and the World Championships in August.
In these tournaments, the Chinese brigade of Lin Dan, Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai and a host of newcomers will be the big tests for Chong Wei to underline his status as the world’s best.
For Eei Hui-Pei Tty, it would have been improbable for them to win the Masters Finals if two of these three Chinese pairs were in the fray — Du Jing-Yu Yang, Zhang Yawen-Zhao Tingting and Zhao Yunlei-Cheng Shu.
But recent breakthrough wins have whetted their appetite for greater success.
“In reality, the players from China are better than us. But Eei Hui and I have bridged the gap. Now, we know that we can go into every tournament with a chance of giving them good fights. Eventually, we want to get the better of them,” said Pei Tty.
The absence of China in the men’s doubles, however, did not leave a big impact as it did in the other events. Only Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng were missing from the cast.
For Kien Keat-Boon Heong, it was a timely morale boost for them to beat Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia and All-England winners Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae en route to winning the title.
Together with compatriots Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and several national back-up pairs waiting at the wing, Malaysia can look forward to getting more good results from the men’s doubles department next year.
But the bottom line remains — Malaysia still need to put in a lot of work to continue to raise their standard of badminton in all the events.
01-02-2009, 08:15 AM #1009
It had just proved we do have the chance to win.In every tournament,no matter how bad they'd performed in the previous one,i will never become so sure of their lost before it had already happened.
The absence or presence of China players do matters.Couldnt agree more.But i'd like to believe they've won because they deserve the won.Some credit should go to them.Looking forward to see how they'll fare in Malaysia Open.With or without China Players,just play the game the way u did this time.
To be in line with this thread,thank u kkk/tbh.Nice to learn that my hopes are worth hoping.Nice to see u beat world beaters again.Like the old days.1 and half year ago.
Oh yeah.Its never too late until u say it so.
01-09-2009, 12:00 PM #1010
This thread comes alive again.....
01-09-2009, 12:03 PM #1011
01-09-2009, 12:07 PM #1012
come on.. TBH played extremely well today.. all his smashes were handsome!!
kkk oso got better as the games go on.. just tat he's kinda lost in the 1st set.. dun be so harsh..
01-09-2009, 12:11 PM #1013
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01-09-2009, 12:15 PM #1015
yala.. tat's what kkk said in the interview.. he really want it badly but this time they were so close yet so far.. abit dissapointing also that they lose.. LYD/JJS were so happy that they got better of KKK/TBH cos this was really a hard fought game
01-09-2009, 12:16 PM #1016
01-09-2009, 01:31 PM #1017
maybe next tournament, less girls go there to watch, less distraction, and kkk/tbh might win their next one.
01-09-2009, 05:16 PM #1018
..they should start holding all the tourneys in M'sia in KK (Kota Kinabalu)??..
01-09-2009, 09:11 PM #1019
kkk/tbh yesterday should have end the match with a win..when they leading untill the point of 19..the korean catch back and win the match already..
i was heart attack and very kan chiong during kan chiong moment unfortunately no madbad ambulance allowed there..no pass
unfortunately, mas lost, but anyway, i must admit its the match of the night yesterday
01-09-2009, 09:28 PM #1020
haha...where is pemuda???
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