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Wei Feng’s impatience hindering his progress in national team

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Published: 14 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng is in a hurry to become the country’s dependable star but a lack of patience is spoiling his hope from making a breakthrough in his career.

And the same weakness surfaced yesterday as he went down 21-19, 21-23, 10-21 to former world junior champion Wang Zhengming of China in the second round of the China Masters in Changzhou.

Wei Feng, who had disposed of Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand a day earlier, had looked good to reach the quarter-finals of a Super Series for the second time when he battled to a 21-19 opening game win over world No. 16 Zhengming.

He started off sluggishly in the second game, trailing 6-13. But then showed remarkable fighting spirit to level the score at 17-17 before lapses at crucial moments saw him eventually losing the game and the match.

 

On a new high (pic)

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Published: 14 September 2012
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Almost a year ago, Parupalli Kashyap faced the threat of a premature end to his career. He suffered a serious asthma attack on the court in Malaysia. He was unable to comprehend what was happening to him, for he was always very careful with his medication.

Kashyap, however, mustered courage and told himself, “If I can battle out this phase, why not venture to achieve excellence in badminton?”

Within a year’s time, the 25-year-old from Hyderabad became a part of Indian badminton history. At the 2012 London Games, he became the first men’s singles player from the country to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympics.“My immediate target is to break into the top 10 by the year-end,” says Parupalli Kashyap, who is ranked World No. 19.

“Honestly, now I am feeling totally different. It is not that I am overconfident, but now I have a gut feeling that I can beat the best of players if I sustain my level of consistency,” said Kashyap, who had taken a day’s break from his daily training at the Pullela Gopi Chand Academy.

“But again, as Gopi Anna (former All England champion Pullela Gopi Chand) insists, I have to keep working hard and stay focussed. He reminds me that I need not do anything extra. ‘Just be consistent and take it event by event’, he says,” Kashyap said, as his parents (Parupalli Uday Shankar and Subadhra) nodded in approval.

It was a double delight of sorts for Kashyap, who gave the World No. 1, Lee Chong Wei, a torrid time in the quarterfinals of the London Olympics. Soon after returning to India, he was given the prestigious Arjuna Award.

“The Arjuna Award is something special; it means so much. Honestly, I never gave a serious thought to it, for I never thought that my recent Indonesian Open and the Olympics performances would be taken into consideration,” he said.

 

Wei Feng stuns Boonsak as other Malaysians fall by the wayside

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Published: 14 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: National back-up shuttler Chong Wei Feng pulled off a stunning win over world No. 26 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the first round of the China Masters in Changzhou.

Wei Feng, however, had to battle back from a game down to beat the Thai 11-21, 21-16, 21-12 to set up a second round meeting against seventh seed Wang Zhengming of China.

It will be interesting to see what the 25-year-old Wei Feng has up his sleeves against the world No. 16 Zhengming, who came out triumphant when the two met in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open in June.

Wei Feng was the only saving grace for Malaysia yesterday as the others – men’s singles players Liew Daren and Mohd Hafiz Hashim and men’s doubles back-up pair Chan Peng Soon-Ong Jian Guo crashed out in the opening round.

 

Yin Fun making inroads under no-nonsense Mew Choo (pic)

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Published: 14 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: It looks like Wong Mew Choo’s coaching style has struck a chord with girls’ singles shuttler Lim Yin Fun.

The second-seeded Yin Fun beat Thailand’s Natcha Wongchana-chart 21-16, 21-8 to move into the quarter-finals of the Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 tournament at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

Her next opponent is another Thai, eight seed Pornpawee Chochuwong – a player she has not met before.Helping hand: Lim Yin fun (right) getting some advice from coach Wong Mew Choo during her match at Juara Stadium Thursday.

“I’m happy with the win but wer’e now in the last 16 and competition is getting tighter. My next opponent likes to attack, so I’ll have to be wary and stick to my game plan,” said Yin Fun.

 
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Malaysian’s future in the balance after losing in qualifier

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Published: 12 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Chan Kwong Beng, one of Malaysia’s longest serving back-up shuttlers, crashed out of the China Masters as the host nation showed that they have plenty in the tank for the future – with four of their fresh faces marching into the main draw in Changzhou.

The 24-year-old Kwong Beng, who has come through the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) development programme since he was in Form 1, lost 14-21, 14-21 to China’s Chen Yuekun in the second round of the qualifying tournament yesterday.

Yuekun will be joined by compatriots Zhou Wenlong, Qiao Bin and Gao Huan in the first round of the main draw today and the youngsters’ domination just goes to show that China have enough in reserves to make their presence felt as the new Olympic cycle unfolds ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The China Masters is the first major tournament after the last month’s London Olympic Games.

The defeat has put Kwong Beng’s future in the national team in the balance.

His defeat is not surprising as Kwong Beng had earlier requested for a switch of coaches. He wanted BAM to let him leave Rashid Sidek and to train under Hendrawan in a bid to revive his badminton career.

 

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