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05-31-2011, 09:19 PM #976
Wednesday June 1, 2011
Jing Yi vows to stamp her mark after Sudirman Cup experience
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
KUALA LUMPUR: National women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi has vowed to use the experience gained at the Sudirman Cup last week to become a better player, starting with the Thailand Open GP Gold, which will be held in Bangkok from June 7-12.
The 20-year-old Jing Yi had a mixed outing in the world mixed team championships in Qingdao. She played two matches – beating Russian Anastasia Prokopenko in a group tie and was outclassed by world No. 6 Bae Youn-joo of South Korea in the quarter-finals.
Jing Yi, who is now the top ranked national women’s singles shuttler at world No. 140 ahead of the more senior Lydia Cheah following the retirement of Wong Mew Choo, has chosen to stay upbeat and optimistic.
“It was never going to be easy playing against someone who is ranked among the top 10 in the world,” she said.
On the rise: Tee Jing Yi is now Malaysia’s top ranked women’s singles shuttler at world No. 140.
“However, it was a good learning experience for me as now I can gauge the level of these top players in terms of speed and strategies on court.
“Right now in the national team, I reckon that my level is almost the same as Lydia while the others are rapidly catching up with us.
“Therefore it is crucial that I make good use of this valuable experience to further improve myself to become a world beater one day.”
In the Thailand Open GP Gold, Jing Yi will have to come through from two rounds of a qualifying tournament to get into the main draw.
She will play against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in the first round and a win will give her a match against either Prajongjai Rawinda of Thailand or another Japanese Megumi Taruno.
The other Malaysians in the women’s singles are Lydia and Sannatasah Saniru, who also have to earn their places in the main draw. The women’s singles competition has attracted a number of top players with five of the top 10 players in the world in the fray – India’s Saina Nehwal (No. 4), China’s Jiang Yanjiao (No. 5), Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (No. 9), Germany’s Julianne Schenk (No. 10) as well as Youn-joo.
05-31-2011, 09:27 PM #977
Tuesday May 31, 2011
BAM to provide huge monetary boost to states to develop grassroots players
By RAJES PAUL
KUALA LUMPUR: China have again showed that they are in their own league by nailing the Sudirman Cup for the eighth time.
And Malaysia believe that a huge monetary boost of RM1.6mil into their development programme soon will help to bridge the gap in standard with China.
For the future: Chin Chai wants to create a strong talent base.
Yesterday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary, Ng Chin Chai, announced of their big plans to restore their grassroots programme, which will see the states playing a bigger role in nurturing players.
“It will not be too wrong to say that Malaysia are 10 years behind China. It will take years of effort, a strong base of talent and lots of money for us to catch up with them,” said Chin Chai.
“But the good news is that grand plans are in the pipeline for us to strengthen our state programmes. This will ensure us to have steady flow of talent coming through to the national set-up.
“The National Sports Council (NSC) currently give us RM1mil for the state programmes. Now, the BAM will top it up with another RM1.6mil.
“A state will now get about RM200,000 instead of RM30,000 annually from us. The monetary boost will help them regulate their programmes for the players aged between 10 and 18-years-old. We will revive badminton competitions in schools.
“The BAM’s development committee, as the central authoritative body, will coordinate all the state development programmes. We need good implementors and we are also investing on producing good coaches to complement the state programmes. We are serious in creating a wider base.”
The new multi-million ringgit programmes will be unveiled as soon as BAM officially signs a lucrative sponsorship deal.
On the performances of Malaysia in the just concluded world mixed team championships in Qingdao, Chin Chai, who is also the coaching and training committee chairman, said that the team did reasonably well.
Malaysia were eliminated by South Korea in the quarter-finals, losing the tie 2-3.
“South Korea have reached the semi-finals in every edition of the Sudirman Cup. It is encouraging to see our team drag them down to the wire. It was a good experience for some of our first timers, among them Tee Jing Yi and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying,” he said.
Chin Chai agreed that if the Sudirman Cup was used as a yardstick, the China players will be the main title contenders in all the events at the next major championships – the world meet in London from Aug 8-14.
In the men’s singles, Lin Dan will still be the favourite to win a fourth world title. At the moment, Malaysia’s world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is seen as the only player who is able to turn the tables on Lin Dan.
China, however, are the overwhelming favourites to win the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles titles.
And if veterans Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng can stay on top of their game, a fourth world title is a possibility for them.
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05-31-2011, 09:36 PM #978
Tuesday May 31, 2011
Chong Wei, Koo and Tan excused from SEA Games
KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei’s wish to stay out of the Indonesia SEA Games has been granted.
In fact, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have also decided not to send their top men’s pair, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, for the biennial Games scheduled for Nov 11-25.
Yesterday, BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai echoed Chong Wei’s sentiments on giving the younger players a shot at proving themselves in the regional Games.
“The BAM have made plans to expose a newer group of players for the Games. We will name the squad at least three months before the Games,” he said.
“All the players under the Road to London programme – Chong Wei, Koo and Tan – will focus on their preparation for the Olympics.”
With the BAM’s decision, a keen competition is expected to take place among the back-up shuttlers to prove their worth to earn selection for the SEA Games.
06-01-2011, 10:02 PM #979
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06-01-2011, 10:03 PM #980
Badminton: Four pairs urged to nail tough first-round ties
PETALING JAYA: National back-up squad men’s doubles coach Tan Kim Her has one instruction to his charges competing in the Thailand Open GP Gold in Bangkok next week – win their first match.
He has four pairs in the fray – Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming, Goh Wei Shem-Lim Khim Wah, Chan Peng Soon-Tan Wee Kiong and Mak Hee Chun-Yew Hong Kheng. And none of them face an easy ride in the first round.
Yao Han-Kah Ming will face seventh seeds Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler of Germany while Wei Shem-Khim Wah are up against sixth seeds Cho Gun-woo-Kwon Yi-goo of South Korea.
Hee Chun-Hong Kheng will even have to play two rounds in the qualifying tournament to earn their place in the main draw.
Nevertheless, Kim Her is positive that his boys will be able to do well in the tournament.
“My instruction to them is simple. Get past the first round match and reaching the quarter-finals or semi-finals shouldn’t be a problem,” he said.
“And my best bets to go far in the tournament are Yao Han-Kah Ming, who are one of the most improved pairs.
“They are up against a German pair and they just need to step up their game on the day itself to win the match.”
Meanwhile, there was a surprise when Hee Chun, who has recovered from a shoulder injury, was paired up with Hong Kheng for the tournament.
Hee Chun previously partnered Wee Kiong but that partnership has taken a turn for the worse due to a lack of understanding and it was understood that the Thailand Open GP Gold would serve as the last chance for them to save the partnership.
For now, Kim Her has chosen instead to split the duo but will give them a chance in the Singapore Open Super Series from June 14-19.
“I just want to let them play instead of keeping them by the sidelines,” said Kim Her.
“Hee Chun-Wee Kiong were quite good and they still have a world ranking (No. 51) and I want them to make full use of a bigger tournament to revive their partnership.”
06-01-2011, 10:04 PM #981
Goh sees partnership with Lim blossoming
PETALING JAYA: They have played in only five badminton tournaments together. But Goh Wei Shem is confident that his men’s doubles partnership with Lim Khim Wah will soon blossom, starting with the Thailand Open GP Gold, which will be held in Bangkok from June 7-12.
Wei Shem-Khim Wah made their debut at the Proton Malaysia International Challenge in Sabah last year when national doubles back-up coach Tan Kim Her chose to field an experimental pair.
However, a serious knee injury to Teo Kok Siang, who was then Wei Shem’s regular partner, ruled the former out for at least six months and left Wei Shem without a partner in the back-up squad.
Wei Shem renewed his partnership with Khim Wah after the latter was split from Chan Peng Soon and the duo enjoyed a good run in April, reaching the quarter-finals of the Asian Championships (ABC) before losing to China’s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng.
They also did well in the earlier New Zealand International Challenge and the Kuala Lumpur Open, reaching the semi-finals and final. They also played in the Malaysian Open GP Gold last month and were eliminated in the first round.
“I am aware that criticism will soon come because Khim Wah and I have not really been producing the best of results,” said the 22-year-old Wei Shem.
“We have only played in one other tournament after the ABC appearance and lost in the first round. But as a pair, we are gradually improving with better communication and understanding on court.
“I am confident that we will soon start to produce good results.
“We have set ourselves a semi-final target in the Thailand Open next week.”
However, it is easier said than done as the world No. 83 pair will face sixth seeds and world No. 11 Cho Gun-woo-Kwon Yi-goo of South Korea in the first round.
If they clear the hurdle, they will play against either Patipat Chalardchalaem-Maneepong Jongjit of Thailand or another Korean pair, Kim Ki-jung-Shin Baek-cheol. Another Korean pair, world No. 4 Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong are in the same half of the draw.
“It is not an easy draw at all and it could be another first-round exit for us. We will do our best and hope that we can pull through,” said Wei Shem.
06-03-2011, 04:23 AM #982
LOL..............setting a target to at least got past R1 for those MDs in Thailand Open......a realistic target indeed !!
06-03-2011, 06:25 AM #983
06-07-2011, 03:05 AM #984
06-07-2011, 03:25 AM #985
even malaysian "ah moi" begin to be tak boleh... oh no~~!!
06-07-2011, 11:39 PM #986
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