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Lee Chong Wei escapes as China stars slump at All-England

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Published: 07 March 2013
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World number one Lee Chong Wei managed one of his most nerve-jangling survivals on Wednesday when he saved him two match points in the first round of the All-England Open.

Lee, who hopes to win the famous title back and capture it for a third time, looked dead and buried at 19-20 down in the final game with Wong Wing Ki launching a kill from an imposing position.

But the world number 18 from Hong Kong hammered it into the net, bringing a great gasp from the crowd, and a couple of minutes later the Malaysian had completed an improbable escape by 13-21, 21-6, 23-21.

Lee did that after saving another match point at 20-21, producing a good smash to the body and a nerveless piece of judgment in leaving Wong's ensuing block, which sailed just long.

 

Chong Wei resumes training with vigour after CNY break (pic)

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Published: 19 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: After a one-week break for the Chinese New Year, world No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei has resumed training at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

National singles coach Tey Seu Bock was as pleased as punch after observing Chong Wei’s attitude on the first few days of training.

And Seu Bock confidently declared that Chong Wei would be the favourite for the All-England in Birmingham from March 5-10 and that the Malaysian would remain unbeatable in the local badminton scene.Working hard: Coach Tey Seu Bock is optimistic that Lee Chong Wei will live up to expectations during the All-England Championships in Birmingham from March 5-10.

He gave the thumbs-up on Chong Wei’s serious attitude and discipline during training and he’s hoping that others like Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, will learn to adopt the same outlook.

Out of the three, only Daren had beaten Chong Wei once – at the Indonesian Super League in Jakarta in one of the ties before the Chinese New Year.

“Normally, a player will take it easy on the first few days after a long break but not Chong Wei. He ravages the court and has an unwavering focus,” said Seu Bock.

 

Amelia-Fie Cho bag first career title, Mei Kuan-Meng Yean eye success too

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Published: 18 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttlers Amelia Alicia Ancelly-Soong Fie Cho won their first career title at the International Iran Challenge yesterday. And Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean are looking forward to emulate their feat at this week’s Austrian International Challenge in Vienna.

Yesterday, Sabahans Amelia-Fie Cho, who joined the national team last September, defeated top seeds Nicole Grether-Charmaine Reid of Canada 21-19, 21-15 in the women’s doubles final of the Satellite tournament.

“It is a good start for the women’s doubles department. This is the first women’s doubles title for the year albeit a minor one but we hope to slowly gain momentum from here,” said women’s doubles coach Rosman Razak.

There has been a void in the women’s doubles department following the retirements of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty last year. Both are now coaches.

With one title in the bag, Rosman will be banking on Mei Kuan-Meng Yean, who left for Vienna yesterday, to reap success as well. The duo have been given the top billing in the Satellite tournament.

 

Coach: Thien How-Wee Kiong need more punch in attack

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Published: 18 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Newly appointed coach Paulus Firman has yet to complete one month at work but he already knows what is holding back Malaysia’s second ranked pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong from achieving a breakthrough – their toothless attacking game.

And he plans to give them more bite so they can live up to their status as one of the top 10 men’s doubles pairs in the world.

Elite shuttlers Thien How-Wee Kiong, who are currently ranked 10th in the world, have not won any Open titles and their best achievement was a semi- final finish in the Japan Open last year.

However, hopes are high on the duo making a breakthrough at the All-England from March 5-10.

Paulus, who had a chance of observing Thien How-Wee Kiong during the Indonesian Super League and also in training, said that the duo had the potential but their attacking forte must improve.

 

Nagging knee pain makes Liu Ying feel ‘old’ like daddy

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Published: 18 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Top mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying feels “old” – like her father – Goh Chak Wee.

“He is 56 years old and has knee pains. That is understandable for his age. I am half his age and I have knee pains too. I feel old,” quipped the 23-year-old Liu Ying.

Indeed, a nagging knee problem has been holding back Liu Ying’s bid, to take her partnership with Chan Peng Soon to greater heights.

But the iron lady has vowed to push it through the pain barrier.

She has one more stem cell injection to take before she leaves for back-to-back outings in the German Open Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim from Feb 26-March 3 and the All-England in Birmingham from March 5-10.

“I have to take six jabs in total and I have completed five. It is not a pleasant procedure but I have to go through it. Fortunately, I am left with one more,” said Liu Ying.

 

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