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Malaysia Open - Lee on the Wei to his first back-to-back title

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Published: 24 January 2010
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MALAYSIA’s top men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei is on the verge of a big breakthrough in his career after reaching the final of the Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium yesterday with another top-class performance.

Chong Wei, the world No.1, set up an intriguing clash with Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand and has a bright chance to nick his sixth Malaysian Open title.

If he pulls it off, it will also be his first back-to-back Open title.

Just a week ago, the Malaysian was in ferocious form to lift the Korean Open title for the first time.

 

Malaysia Open - Chong Wei Cruises Into Semi Final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jane 22  -- World No. 1 men's singles shutter Lee Chong Wei will face Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the semi-final of the Malaysia Open Super Series at the Putra Stadium of the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil Saturday.

In the quarter-final on Friday, the 26-year-old Chong Wei, who is the top seed and Beijing Olympic silver medallist, was forced to work extra hard before defeating fifth-seeded and the world's third-ranked Chen Jin of China 21-14, 16- 21, 21-15 in a 70-minute epic battle.

"The rubber set decider might be due to tiredness taking a toll on myself, particularly after having clinched the Korean Open title last week. Somehow or rather, I managed to clinch the point via attacking play in the first set, then more to defence in the second and third. I know I am tired but I just held my line till the end," he said.

 

Robertson and Clark edged out in three games in Malaysia (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2010
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NATHAN Robertson's hopes of a first Super Series final of the season came grinding to a halt on Friday as he crashed out of the men's and mixed doubles quarter finals at the Proton Malaysia Open.

QUARTER FINAL HEARTACHE: Nathan Robertson crashes out of the mixed and men's doubles at the quarter final stage in Malaysia

The former Olympic silver medallist and Anthony Clark battled bravely against Malaysian top seeds Koo Kean Keat and Tan Boon Heong before being edged out 21-12, 23-25, 21-11.

The Malaysians dominated the opener and never looked like losing the first game after racing to an early 4-0 lead.

But the English pair, who reached the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur 12 months ago before going on to lift the title in Singapore, fought their way back into the match and came out on top of a rollercoaster second game in which they had to fend off a match point at 23-22.

 

Indonesia Announces Thomas, Uber Cup Squads

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2010
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The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) on Friday revealed a 20-member squad for the 2010 Thomas and Uber Cups featuring the country’s best shuttlers.

The squad includes highly-ranked players who have left the national team, including men’s singles Taufik Hidayat and men’s doubles Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.

Taufik and Markis confirmed they would answer the call and try to help Indonesia win its first men’s Thomas Cup since 2002.

“I always say that even though I’m not at Cipayung [the national team training camp] anymore, I’ll be ready if the country needs me,” Markis said.

In addition to the stars, eight shuttlers will be getting their first taste of the elite world team championships.

Maria Febe Kusumastuti, Aprilia Yuswandari, Shendy Puspa Irawati, Meiliana Jauhari and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari will make their Uber Cup debuts this year. Muhammad Ahsan, Rian Sukmawan and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki will play in their first Thomas Cup.

 

Tan Fook and Jiewen’s big day

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2010
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THE Malaysian Open will always have a special spot in the heart of veteran doubles shuttler Choong Tan Fook.

He fell in love with China’s formidable doubles player Zhang Jiewen at the 2004 event. And today, they will officially register their marriage in Kuala Lumpur.Lovebirds: Tan Fook and Jiewen will wed today.

“It will be special day. Finally, I am making it official. We will certainly remember the Malaysian Open forever,” he said.

Tan Fook-Wan Wah lost in the opening round of the ongoing Malaysian Open to Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong on Wednesday.

 
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