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Lin Dan fails to make the cut for All-England (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not have his nemesis Lin Dan of China as one of his opponents at the All-England in Birmingham from March 4-9.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the entries for the prestigious event on Thursday and five-time world champion Lin Dan, who had indicated making a return to the training centre recently after a six-month absence, did not make the cut.

Lin Dan is currently ranked 103rd in the world.In the absence of Lin Dan, he is expected to be the main threat to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the All England badminton tournament.

Chong Wei, who is the top seed, will be hoping to win the All-England title for the third time. However, he will face strong opposition as the rest of the players in the top 10 standings have confirmed their entry.

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‘Old hand’ Hoon’s still got the fire (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It seems like just yesterday but 15 years have gone by since doubles shuttler Hoon Thien How joined Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as a junior.

But the good news is that this “old timer” hasn’t lost his drive nor passion for the game. Doubles player Hoon Thien How (left) who has been with BAM for 15 years, aims to do well in the up-coming German and All-England championships with his partner Tan Wee Kiong.

Together with his partner Tan Wee Kiong, the duo are all geared up to make a quick rebound at the German Open from Feb 25-March 2 in Mulheim and the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.

Thien How-Wee Kiong did well at the tail-end of last year – putting up promising performances in several tournaments.

The World No. 8 did well to reach the China Open final; ended their title drought by winning the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold; and gave a heart-warming show before bowing out in the BWF World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur in December.

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Peng Soon hopes to strike gold with Pei Jing (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles specialist Chan Peng Soon plans to make full use of the three back-to-back tournaments in Europe to win the trust of his new partner Lai Pei Jing.

Peng Soon and Pei Jing are the top seeds in the Austrian International Open from Feb 19-22 but are unseeded for the more challenging German Open GP Gold from Feb 26-March 2 and the All-England from March 4-9.Peng Soon is quietly hoping to make the cut with Pei Jing for this year’s World Championships in Copenhagen in August.

This is based on the latest list of entries disclosed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday.

Pei Jing is combining with Peng Soon as his partner of five years, Goh Liu Ying, has decided to undergo knee surgery.

Liu Ying is likely to be ruled out of competition for at least six months once she goes under the knife.

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Great chance for Jin Wei to shine (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Young badminton talent Goh Jin Wei will get a chance to strut her stuff at the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan from Feb 16-23.

The 13-year-old Jin Wei, who was promoted to the national women’s singles squad last month, has been named for the junior meet together with Ho Yen Mei, Lee Ying Ying and S. Kisona.Goh Jin Wei has a knack for beating players older than her and will hoping to do well in the Asian Junior Championships.

Malaysia have yet to taste success in the girls’ singles event in the Asian junior series.

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Back-up shuttlers to taste team action in Indonesia (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: All the top national back-up players, spearheaded by Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, will get a taste of what it’ll take to play in the Thomas Cup Finals when they compete in Indonesia’s Djarum Super League in Surabaya.

The league began on Monday but the Malaysian Tigers will only go into action on Tuesday in the one-week team competition that offers 1bil rupiah (RM278,009) in total prize money.National back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain, seen here in training, will compete in the week-long Djarum Super League in Surabaya with his fellow team-mates, beginning Tuesday.

Besides Iskandar, those representing Malaysian Tigers are Goh Soon Huat, Chong Yee Han, Tan Kian Meng, Teo Ee Yi-Nelson Heg Wei Keat, Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han and Low Juan Seng.

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