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Underperforming Daren and Arif may not be on flight to Wuhan (pic)

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Published: 26 February 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Liew Daren and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif are in danger of losing their places in the Thomas Cup squad for the Finals in Wuhan in May.

The back-up shuttlers did not get a very favourable evaluation when the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching and training committee, headed by chairman Ng Chin Chai, met yesterday to review the performance of the team, who assured a ticket for the Finals by reaching the semi-finals at the Asian Zone qualfiers in Macau.

To make matters worse, Daren and Arif, who were the first and second seeds in the ongoing Selangor Open, crashed out in the third round and quarter-finals respectively at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.Great run: Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is through to the final after beating senior Chan Kwong Beng in the Selangor Open.

Daren went down 19-21, 13-21 to Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayup while Arif lost 12-21, 21-15, 22-24 to Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin.

However, Azriyn’s gallant run came to an end when he went down fighting before losing 21-19, 14-21, 15-21 to Chong Wei Feng.

Former Asian Junior runner-up Iskandar continued his fine form to reach his first Open final with another fantastic 11-21, 21-18, 21-19 win over his senior Chan Kwong Beng.

 

Chong Wei still hungry for success

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 February 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: His fans are growing in staggering numbers. His books are selling like hot cakes.

Despite all the fame, glory and success, world No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei is still very much focused and hungry for more. He has vowed to provide even more cheer for his supporters by winning a hat-trick of titles at the All-England in Birmingham from March 6-11.

Yesterday, as expected, many fans turned up to watch Chong Wei although he was only playing in the mixed doubles with Vivian Hoo for fun in the Selangor Open at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara.

Some even stood around the court to take a closer look and Chong Wei made it worth their while when he and Vivian defeated Mohd Hashim-Ho Bee Ling 21-15, 21-9 in 27 minutes in the second round.

Chong Wei, who last played in the mixed doubles with Chin Eei Hui en route to winning the 2002 Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Sarawak, said he had fun yesterday and hoped the crowd did too.

 

Chong Wei makes mixed final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 February 2012
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THE Maybank Selangor Open was supposed to be a fun event for Lee Chong Wei but he is one step away from winning the mixed doubles title with Vivian Hoo.

Chong Wei-Vivian defeated national pair Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo 23-21, 21-14 in the last eight and defeated Zakry Latif-Nairul Suhada Latif 21-11, 21-19 in the semi-finals at Juara Stadium yesterday.

They will take on top seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, who overcame former national pair Razif Latif-Amelia Anscelly 21-16, 19-21, 21-14, in the final today.

The men's singles was filled with upsets as Chong Wei Feng was the only top four seed who survived.

The fact that top seed Liew Daren, second seed Arif Latif and fourth seed Chan Kwong Beng will be playing in the German Open, beginning Tuesday, could be the reason why the players decided to take it easy.

Back-up player Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin defeated Kwong Beng 11-21, 21-18, 21-19 while Wei Feng defeaed Nur Azryn Ayub 19-21, 21-14, 21-15 in the last four.

Iskandar edged Arif 21-12, 15-21, 24-22 in the last eight while Nur Azryn had toppled Daren 21-19, 21-13 at the same stage.


 
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Japan a clear and present danger (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 February 2012
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PETALING JAYA: The Land of the Rising Sun will be a glaring threat at the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals in Wuhan from May 20-27.

Yesterday, Japan, the most improved team in world badminton under the charge of coach Park Joo-bong, went down 3-0 to China in the final of the Thomas Cup Asian Zone qualifiers. But their strong showing throughout the competition has lifted their profile as an emergent force.

En route to the final, Japan had beaten Malaysia 3-2 in the semi-finals, although the latter fielded an understrength side.No pushovers: Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto (right) and Noriyasu Hirata are among the world’s top 15 men’s doubles pairs.

It was Japan’s second big win in a team event in the modern era of the game. They had defeated a much stronger Malaysian side at the 2010 Thomas Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur in a group tie.

 

China send Japan packing in final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 February 2012
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CHINA won the Thomas Cup qualifying round in Macau by beating Japan 3-0 yesterday.

   Chen Long gave China the first point when he beat Sho Sasaki 21-19, 21-16 in 52 minutes.

   Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong then overcame Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato 21-17, 22-20 in the first doubles while Du Pengyu secured the winning point, beating Kazushi Yamada 21-12, 21-11 in the second singles.

   South Korea also qualified for the final rounds in Wuhan, China when they won the playoff beating India 3-2 in their last match.

   Taiwan are also in contention for a place in the Thomas Cup after beating Thailand 5-0 to finish second in the playoff.

   Overall world ranking between Thailand and the fourth-placed team in the European qualifiers will determine the last spot of the team event which will be decided later.

 
 
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