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German Open: Thien How-Wee Kiong sent packing (pic)

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Published: 01 March 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are out of the German Open, after losing to Japan's Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda in the semi-finals.

The world No. 8 pair lost in straight games 19-21, 14-21.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. They lost to Japan's Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda 19-21, 14-21 in the German Open semi-finals.

The first game was a tightly-contested one with the score tied at 19-19 at one point but the national pair lost the next two points to concede the game.

In the second game, the Japanese pair did not lift their foot off the pedal and wrapped up the match in just 33 minutes.

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All-England: It's a go for Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 28 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s all systems go for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei. He will be leaving for the All-England tournament on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old Penangite had on Friday stated that he may pull out of the tournament as he had not fully recovered from an ankle injury sustained two weeks ago during a doubles exhibition match with long-time rival Lin Dan of China.Lee Chong Wei in training on Friday. He will meet Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in the first round of the All-England.

Chong Wei, who won the All-England in 2010 and 2011, however deemed himself fit enough to compete after Saturday’s final training session at the Juara Stadium.

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Jian Guo to focus on Malaysia GP Gold (pic)

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Published: 28 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: The party may be in England but national mixed doubles player Ong Jian Guo is determined not to sulk despite not being invited.

He has chosen to get on with his training and not wallow in disappointment at being left out of Malaysia’s team to the All-England which starts on Tuesday.

Instead, Jian Guo is putting in the hours to train for the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold, to be held from March 25-30.Ong Jian Guo: 'I am aiming to reach at least the semi-final stage of the Malaysia GP.'

Jian Guo has been the regular partner of Lim Yin Loo in the mixed doubles event. However, for the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold tournament in Johor Baru, he will be paired with Lee Meng Yean.

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BAM to invite Misbun back as coaching director (pic)

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Published: 28 February 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Former national coach Datuk Misbun Sidek could soon be back in the BA of Malaysia’s (BAM) fold.

That is, if he decides to accept the offer from the BAM to come on board as the national coaching director.

Misbun’s name was repeatedly brought up during the BAM’s Corporate Skills and Research (CSR) meeting chaired by president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff last month.These days Datuk Misbun Sidek spends his time coaching his son Misbun Ramdan, who left BAM last year.

Even world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has voiced his opinion that Misbun should be brought back.

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Thien How-Wee Kiong make it to German Open semis (pic)

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Published: 28 February 2014
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 8 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are the last men standing after Malaysia’s challenge was cut down in the quarter-finals of the German Open on Friday.

Thien How-Wee Kiong who are the tournament’s second seeds, scored an impressive win as they came from behind to down South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol 18-21, 21-16, 22-20 to make the semi-finals.Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The pair made it to the German Open semi-finals after beating South Korea‚Äôs Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol 18-21, 21-16, 22-20.

The Koreans who are the only active pair in action following Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung’s suspension by the Badminton World Federation, took a close first game 21-18.

However, Thien How-Wee Kiong, who have a good track record taking on Korean pairs, levelled the match by taking the second game 21-16.

Yet, the Malaysians, who are now the top pair in the country following Koo Kien Keat’s resignation from the BA of Malaysia (BAM), nearly blew it in the deciding rubber as they allowed Sung-hyun-Baek-cheol to hold match point at 20-19 despite initially leading 19-15.

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