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Red hot Yamaguchi has feet firmly planted on the ground (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Akane Yamaguchi is only 16, but she is already being hailed as the next big star of women’s badminton.

She rose to prominence last year by becoming the youngest-ever Super Series winner when she triumphed in the Japan Open, before turning on the style to bag the world junior title.Akane Yamaguchi beat Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon 21-18, 23-25, 21-16 in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014.

And on Wednesday, the teenager showed exactly why she’s worth the hype with an incredible performance to stun reigning world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Yamaguchi showed maturity beyond her tender years and excellent court coverage to rack up a 21-18, 23-25, 21-16 win in 63 minutes at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

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Liu Ying's knee holds up through first round (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: There was a huge smile of relief on Goh Liu Ying’s face after she cleared the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open without needing any extra medical attention.

The 24-year-old Liu Ying is suffering from a meniscus tear on her right knee and has been advised to go for surgery, which would see her sidelined for eight months at least.Goh Liu Ying is relieved that she and her partner Chan Peng Soon, as well as her knee, made it through the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Liu Ying however has decided to put off making a decision about the surgery until after the Malaysian Open, and as such she was relieved that the injury did not flare up during her first match of the year with partner Chan Peng Soon.

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Khe-Wei-Vivian crash out in first round (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Just one month after winning the SEA Games gold in Myanmar, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo were brought down to earth when they lost to China’s Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

And immediately after the game, Vivian stated the obvious - that there was still a yawning gap between the Malaysians and their Chinese competitors, with the Malaysians only on par with the Chinese state players.Vivian Hoo (left) and Woon Khe Wei during their match against China's Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014.

The 24-year-old Vivian and her partner Khe Wei lost 16-21, 12-21 to Ma Jin-Yuanting and hardly showed any substance en route to their defeat on Wedensday.

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Sindhu ready to step up and deliver (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Last year, 18-year-old P.V. Sindhu came of age when she made the semi-finals of the World Championships in Guangzhou last August.

The Indian starlet, who is one of the rising stars in women’s singles, also won two titles – the Malaysian Open GP Gold and the Macau Open – last year.P.V. Sindhu in action against Indonesian Fanetri Lindawani during the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014. She won 21-17, 21-18

Now, the Indian national champion is ready to step up to the plate and take some burden off the shoulders of Saina Nehwal, who has been struggling to find her form and confidence recently.

The world No. 11 got off to a good start at the Maybank Malaysian Open by beating Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri 21-17, 21-18 in the first round on Wesnesday.

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Juhl unfazed by depth in Chinese doubles’ game (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Danish doubles specialist Kamilla Rytter Juhl believes that China’s women’s doubles players have an ace up their sleeves with the constant changing of partnerships.

At the Maybank Malaysian Open, the versatile Ma Jin has been paired up with youngster Tang Yuanting for the first time in an obvious bid to select the best combinations for the Uber Cup that will be held in New Delhi, India, in May – and also with an eye on the Asian Games.Danish pair Christinna Pedersen (left) and Kamilla Rytter Juhl return a shot to Korean pair Chae Yoo Jung-Kim Ji Won during their first-round match in the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014. The Danish pair won 16-21, 21-11, 21-17.

But while Juhl admits that China are blessed to have an abundance of strong doubles players, she believes that they are not unbeatable.

“China are very lucky because they have at least 10 strong women’s doubles shuttlers who can play with anyone and still win,” said Juhl.

“That makes it very difficult for us and the rest because we have to try to keep up with their different combinations.

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