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    Friday April 22, 2011

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    Khim Wah may have found a doubles partner in Wei Shem

    By RAJES PAUL



    PETALING JAYA: Doubles shuttler Lim Khim Wah’s long search for a regular partner may finally come to an end.
    Yesterday, he did well with Goh Wei Shem to reach the quarter-finals of the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) in Chengdu, China, after scoring a convincing 21-16, 21-10 win over Thailand’s top pair of A. Songphon-Sudket Prapakamol.
    The duo will take on three-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng today for a place in the semi-finals.
    Getting it right: Lim Khim Wah (right) has forged an understanding with Goh Wei Shem and the duo have managed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Asian Badminton Championships in Chengdu, China.
    The top seeds Chinese can expect the Malaysians to give them a run for their money if the determination of the latter in the tournament thus far is anything to go by.
    This is only Khim Wah’s third outing in a tournament with Wei Shem. They made their debut as a pair in the Malaysian International Challenge in Sabah last November and won the title. They were semi-finalists in the New Zealand Open early this month.
    Khim Wah has been without a regular partner since his partnership with Chan Peng Soon was split last year. With Peng Soon, he had won the 2009 Thailand Open.
    National back-up coach Tan Kim Her is happy with the steady progress showed by Khim Wah-Wei Shem, who are now ranked 142nd in the world.
    “This pair have showed good promise and can give them an assurance that they will be given more opportunities to compete in international tournaments,” he said.
    “Both are players with good power and strength. I will wait until end of the year to review their partnership. Until then, I plan to give them ample chances to prove themselves.”
    On their quarter-final match today in the ABC, Kim Her said: “The odds are certainly against our boys but I hope they will not make it easy for the Chinese pair. Although Cai Yun-Haifeng are older, they are very fast. I hope Khim Wah-Wei Shem can keep up with them.”
    Khim Wah-Wei Shem are the only Malaysian players left standing in the tournament after yesterday competition.
    Back-up shuttler Liew Daren went down fighting 16-21, 21-19, 19-21 in a third round match against Du Pengyu of China, dashing a hope to make his first quarter-final appearance this year.
    It was also the end of road for the women’s pair of Vivian Hoo-Lim Yin Loo and Marylen Ng Paou Leng-Woon Khe Wei. In the women’s singles, Lydia Cheah also lost in the second round.


    I think in general we have the largest pool of MD specialist among the countries
    just need to find the correct click, hope Ah Wah can have achieve more glory with GWS
    too bad after his win with CPS in Thailand Open, they did not achieve anymore breakthrough...

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    India SS 2011:

    Qualifying round:
    Sourabh Verma (IND) beat Chun Seang Tan (MAS): 21-12 20-22 21-12

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    Indonesia's Angga/Rian have made it to the finals of a Super Series event... but for Malaysian youngsters, they are still changing partners and cause one upset or two but lose in next round

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    Pakkawat VILAILAK (THAI) beat Chun Seang TAN: 21-18 21-12

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    Chen YUEKUN (CHN) beat Kwong Beng CHAN (MAS): 21-18 18-21 21-9

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    Chunlai BAO [7] beat Wei Feng CHONG (MAS): 21-8 21-11

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    First round is over. How many MAS's MS players (in particular: the elite back-up and junior players make it to the next round)?

    First....the veterans and their next opponents :
    Lee Chong Wei (vs Takuma Ueda)
    Mohd Hafiz Hashim (vs Pakkawat Vilailak)
    Krishnan Yogendran (vs Park Sung Hwan)
    -- expect Lee Chong Wei to win the tourney and Yoyo Hashim to progress also)

    Elite Back-up/Juniors and opponents in the next round:
    Mohd Arif Abdul Latif (vs Chen Jin)
    Beryno Wong (vs Tam Chun Hei)
    Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin (vs Bao Chunlai)
    Saw Weng Jun (vs Derek Wong Zi Liang)
    Daren Liew (vs Muhd Syawal Mohd Ismail)
    - 6 players make it to the next round. At least 1 elite back-up to make it to the next round (Daren Liew) and maybe Beryno Wong + Saw Weng Jun.

    Those who were defeated:
    Misbun Ramdan Mohd Misbun
    Chan Kwong Beng (2 wins in 4 tourneys)
    Tan Chung Seang (2 wins in 4 tourneys, including 1 in qualifying round)
    Lok Chong Chieh
    Kuan Kam Chung
    Goh Giap Chin
    Nur Mohd Azryin Ayub
    Zulfadli Zulfiffli
    Chong Wei Feng (1 win so far in 4 tourneys this year)
    Chiang Jiann Shiarng
    Soong Joo Ven
    Goh Soon Huat
    Lim Fang Yang
    Loh Wei Sheng

    Wong Choong Hann
    Kuan Beng Hong
    Yeoh Kay Bin

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    Mohd Lutfi Zaim ABDUL KHALID / Vountus Indra MAWAN (MAS) beat Markis KIDO / Hendra SETIAWAN (INA): 21-13 18-21 21-13

    Quite impressive from the young pair... can they repeat the same feat again? BOLEH?

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    Friday May 6, 2011

    The Star
    Unheralded Vountus-Lutfi steal show with major scalp

    By RAJES PAUL



    ALOR SETAR: Top seeds Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong lived up to their top billings when they checked into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold with relatively comfortable wins at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium here yesterday.
    But it was the surprise victory of Malaysia’s unheralded men’s pair of Vountus Indra Mawan-Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid over Olympic and former world champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan that stole the thunder.
    Vountus-Lutfi, both 22-years-old, turned the tables against the second seeded Indonesians, winning 21-13, 18-21, 21-13 in 39 minutes to set up a match against South Koreans Cho Gun-woo-Kwon Yi-goo.
    Dynamic duo: Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid (left) and Vountus Indra Mawan defeated Indonesia’s Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan 21-13, 18-21, 21-13 to book their spot in the quarter-finals yesterday. — CHIN CHENG YEANG / The Star
    They scored their career best win to earn a first appearance in the quarter-finals of an international tournament.
    A dazed Vountus, whose partnership with Lufti is only a year old, said of the unexpected victory: “We trusted each other and both of us rose to the occasion.
    “We are still young and there is so much more to learn but this win will put us in the right path for success. We hope to ride on this to scale greater heights.”
    National doubles coach Rexy Mainaky was pleased with the exploits of the back-up squad’s doubles shuttlers.
    “I have been focusing on Koo and Tan while Rosman (Razak) has been taking care of them. I am pleased to note that these players stayed composed throughout the game to win it,” he said.
    “Usually, a young pair will play to the gallery or will make mistakes in their haste to gain victory. But Vountus and Lutfi were in control. They did not let their emotions get the better of them. It is a big achievement for them.”
    Kien Keat-Boon Heong stayed on track to win their first title of the year when they defeated younger compatriots Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming 21-9, 21-13 in just 21 minutes.
    It was a much better showing from the country’s top pair after losing to the 2009 world junior champions in the opening round of the Kuala Lumpur Open last month.
    They will take on Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa today.
    Malaysia’s interest in the men’s singles is down to only Chong Wei, who suffered a rough patch en route to a 21-19, 21-19 win over Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the third round yesterday.
    “I was disorientated today. I made quite a number of unforced errors. I was way behind in the second game but I did not give up,” said the world No. 1.
    “Fortunately, I was patient enough to finish him off in straight games. I have to be more focused tomorrow.”
    Chong Wei will play against Brice Leverdez for a place in the semi-finals. The Frenchman ended the gallant run of Malaysian Beryno Wong.
    It was also the end of the road for Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Liew Daren, who were beaten by Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh and South Korean Lee Hyun-il respectively.
    The shock of the night in the men’s singles was the exit of world champion Chen Jin of China, who was beaten 17-21, 21-19, 21-13 by Japan’s Sho Sasaki.

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    Friday May 6, 2011

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    Nelson-Teo have what it takes to join senior squad





    ALOR SETAR: Youngsters Nelson Heg Wei Keat-Teo Ee Yi are like fresh breath of air for Malaysia in the men’s doubles badminton.
    They have the talent, style, big ambition and fire in the belly.
    These are perfect ingredients for Nelson-Ee Yi to make a grand entrance into the senior league and be counted on by Malaysia.
    Making waves: Teo Ee Yi (foreground) and Nelson Heg showed good promise at the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in Alor Setar.
    In the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold here on Wednesday, the duo held the upper hand when they took a 15-11 lead in the rubber game before losing 21-16, 12-21, 19-21 to their senior compatriots Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Ong Soon Hock.
    The 18-year-old Ee Yi was ruing over a missed opportunity to create a big win.
    ”It was a heartbreaking defeat for us. We were so close to winning. Fairuzizuan and Soon Hock were so good at front court and we lacked sharpness at the net,” he said.
    “Both Nelson and I have come far since we teamed up two years ago. We are growing more confident.
    “I have always admired Tan Boon Heong (who forms the national top partnership with Koo Kien Keat) from the start. I like the way he takes control of the game from the back of the court.
    “Hopefully, Nelson and I will be able to make it big in the senior team within the next two years.”
    But first, Ee Yi-Nelson have two mission to accomplish this year – to become gold medallists in both the Asian Juniors (July 2-9 in India) and the World Juniors (Oct 28-Nov 6 in Taiwan).
    “We reached the final of the World Juniors last year but we crashed out in the semi-finals at the Asian Juniors,” said Ee Yi.
    “We want to win both the titles this time. It will be a perfect end to our junior careers.”
    The duo come under the charge of Yap Kim Hock under the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) programme.
    With a few back-up pairs, among them Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming and Pang Zheng Lin-Yew Hong Kheng, showing good promise, Malaysia’s doubles department may finally be proud of having both quality and quantity.

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    Gun Woo CHO / Yi Goo KWON (KOR) beat Mohd Lutfi Zaim ABDUL KHALID / Vountus Indra MAWAN (MAS): 21-13 21-17

    Yesterday, they beat Kido/Setiawan but today they failed to continue their gallant kill... BOLEH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Gun Woo CHO / Yi Goo KWON (KOR) beat Mohd Lutfi Zaim ABDUL KHALID / Vountus Indra MAWAN (MAS): 21-13 21-17

    Yesterday, they beat Kido/Setiawan but today they failed to continue their gallant kill... BOLEH?
    Dont expect too much, one at a time.........slow and steady mah.........Boleh ?

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    consistent is the key.....

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    http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2011/5/31/sports/8790966&sec=sports

    Arif hoping for change of fortunes in Thailand

    KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and China’s Chen Long have experienced contrasting fortunes after their first encounter in the Asian junior championships in 2007.

    While Chen Long has gone on to win Super Series titles and is currently ranked fourth in the world, the Malaysian is still struggling to get far in a Grand Prix Gold tournament.

    But the world No. 98 hopes that his fortune will change, starting with the Thailand GP Gold, which will be held in Bangkok from June 7-12.

    I lost (21-18, 18-21, 20-22) to Chen Long in the final of the Asian Juniors and I remember giving him a tough fight. It was my best achievement in the championships,” said Arif.

    I have been left behind since then, mostly because of my own mistakes. However, I have made a lot of improvement since coming under the charge of Hendrawan. I am physically stronger and I am able to show better strategy in my game.”

    Arif is currently the top ranked shuttler in the national back-up squad.

    In fact, over the last one year, he has beaten four elite shuttlers – Tan Chun Seang, Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren and Chan Kwong Beng – in local tournaments.

    Chen Long will be at the Thailand GP Gold as the top seed. It will be great if I can achieve a good result there. Ultimately, I hope to win at least one GP Gold title by end of the year,” he said.

    Arif is in the same quarter as Chen Long together with three other Malaysians – Daren, Goh Soon Huat and Wei Feng.

    He has a tricky first-round match against England’s Rajiv Ouseph, who has shown the ability to make life difficult for top players on his good day.

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    Successful players don't "hope" for change of fortunes. They "make" fortune change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokh88 View Post
    Successful players don't "hope" for change of fortunes. They "make" fortune change.
    Arif is now ranked 98 while his peer Chen Long is world No. 4... What a big contrast... No wonder Mr.NG Chin Chai said that we are at least 10yrs behind CHN...

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    What if he fails to clear the 1st round against UK's Rajiv Ouseph?

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