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Yen Mei wants to emulate Mew Choo, Xingfang (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National women's singles shuttler Ho Yen Mei may not be a household name just yet, but that is all set to change this year.

The ambitious junior shuttler, who draws inspiration from the wives of the two best badminton players in the world, has now started full-time training after graduating from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).

Last year, her badminton career took a backseat as she concentrated on her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.Ho Yen Mei wants to emulate Xie Xinfang as she is able to anticipate her opponent's moves.

Yen Mei said that she draws inspiration from former world champion Xie Xingfang and 2007 China Open winner Wong Mew Choo.

Xingfang is the wife of five-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan while Mew Choo is married to Malaysian hero and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

“I admire Xie Xingfang because of her skills, movements, body language and fire on court. She anticipates her opponent’s movements very well and she is very calm on the court,” she said.

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Indonesia honours Ahsan, Hendra with MVP award (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) knows how to motivate their national badminton players to keep winning honours for their country.

On Saturday, PBSI honoured reigning men’s doubles world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan with the Most Valuable Players (MVP) award, which came with a 1bil rupiah (RM273,866) reward in a special ceremony during the Indonesia Super League (ISL) in Surabaya.Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan on their way to winning the BWF World Superseries Finals in December. Last year, they also won the Malaysian Open, Indonesian Open, Singapore Open and Japan Open.

PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan is quoted by the Jakarta Post saying: ”They (Ahsan and Hendra) are models for all of us. Anyone can become a champion. In 2012, they were ranked 50th in the world. After winning the world title (in Guangzhou last August), they are now the world No. 1 pair.”

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Beware! Big Brother’s watching (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: The movement of the national coaches and players at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara is being closely monitored.

Since Feb 4, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have installed a thumbprint attendance system that requires coaches and players to clock in and out every day as they enter and leave the national training centre. National shuttlers Chong Wei Feng (left) and Ho Yen Mei using the thumb print access system before entering Stadium Juara for training.

The move is to monitor the attendance of the coaches and players as the management does not want them to go AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) during training or to turn up late for their practice sessions.

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Indon show puts Iskandar in the Thomas Cup mix (pic)

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Published: 06 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin won only one match in the Indonesia Super League (ISL) but he has certainly gained in terms of experience.

In fact, the exciting adventure in Surabaya has sparked the fire in him to go all out and win the right to represent the country in this year’s Thomas Cup Finals in May at New Delhi.

Malaysia’s campaign in the ongoing ISL ended on Friday after the Iskandar-led Malaysian Tigers lost three out of their four Group ties.Back-up shuttler, Iskandar Zulkarnain did well in the recently concluded Indonesian Super League to stake his claim in the Malaysian Thomas Cup team.

Their record reads: Lost to Taiwan Cooperative Bank 4-1 (Tuesday); beat SGC Thailand 3-2 (Wednesday); lost 5-0 to Jaya Raya Jakarta (Thursday); and lost 3-2 to Hi-Qua Wima Surabaya (Friday).

For Iskandar, who played first singles in all the ties, the highlight was when he held world No. 3 Tommy Sugiarto of Jaya Raya Jakarta by the throat before going down 21-23, 18-21 in 43 minutes.

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June Wei revels training with national team (pic)

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Published: 06 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National junior shuttler Cheam June Wei will never forget his first experience of playing with his childhood idol, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, during a training session recently.

It was only a seven-point match but it is still one that he will cherish.Cheam June Wei posing for a photo after training at the Bukit Kiara Sports Complex on Friday.

“The first time I played against Chong Wei, I was only able to get one or two points. I was so nervous ... I couldn’t believe I was playing a one-on-one match with him. But after that I was able to perform better and pick up like four to five points,” said the soft-spoken June Wei after a training session at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Friday.

He said that Chong Wei “is my inspiration because of his intelligent style of play and skills”.

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