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Japan a clear and present danger (pic)

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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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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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Malaysia's girls go down to Singapore (pic)

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Published: 20 February 2012
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MALAYSIA completed their Uber Cup campaign in eighth place after losing to Singapore 3-2 in Macau yesterday.

Tee Jing Yi decided to produce her best in the meaningless tie by beating Gu Juan 21-13, 10-21, 21-15 in the first singles.

   Singapore drew level in the first doubles when Yao Lei-Shinta Mulia Sari defeated Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo 21-13, 21-16 while Sea Games champion Fu Mingtian outplayed Sannatasah Saniru 21-12, 21-15 in the second singles.Tee Jing Yi returns a shot to Singapore’s Gu Juan yesterday. Jing Yi won 21-13, 10-21, 21-15.

   Malaysia drew level by winning the second doubles when Vivian Hoo-Wong Pei Tty beat Chen Jiayuan-Thng Ting Ting 21-14, 21-17 but Liang Xiaoyu denied Malaysia their second victory in the qualifiers when she beat Yang Li Lian 21-14, 21-17.
 

Nothing is impossible (pic)

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Published: 20 February 2012
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Rashid strongly feels an improved Malaysia can reach the Thomas Cup semis

 

MACAU: NATIONAL singles chief coach Rashid Sidek believes it is not impossible for Malaysia, who struggled in the qualifying rounds in Macau, to reach the last four of the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan, China in May.   National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek believes Lee Chong Wei (front) can deliver but has urged Hafiz Hashim to improve on his fitness to give Malaysia a genuine chance in Wuhan.

This is because there is no team with a balanced squad except for China, and Rashid feels that the next three months, with proper preparations, can make the current squad stronger.

 

Malaysia lose to Indonesia in third place Thomas Cup qualifying play-off

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Published: 20 February 2012
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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia lost 2-3 to Indonesia in the third place play-off of Thomas Cup Asian Zone Qualifying Round in Macau, China Saturday.

The absence of world no 1 player Datuk Lee Chong Wei did little to stop Malaysia from taking the first two points.

Daren Liew brought cheers to the Malaysian camp after Indonesia's first singles player Simon Santoso withdrew with Liew leading the first set 7-2.

The second point was won by the pair of Goh V Shem/Hoon Thien How who beat Alvent Yulianto Chandra/ Hendra Aprida Gunawan 21-14, 21-18 in 26 minutes.

Indonesia came charging back to level the score when Tommy Sugiarto beat Mohammad Arif Abdul Latif 21-15,21-7 in the second singles while Markis Kido/ Hendra Setiawan beat Lim Khim Wah/Teo Kok Siang 21-16,21-13.

Malaysian hopes were dashed when Koo Kien Keat lost to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 8-21, 9-21 in the third singles.

Defending champions China are scheduled to meet Japan in the final today.

Malaysia has qualified for the Thomas Cup final round in Wuhan, China, on May 20-27 after beating India 3-0 in the quarter-final on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian women's squad suffered another blow when they were white-washed 5-0 by Indonesia in the round-robin play-offs of the Uber Cup qualifying round in Macau Saturday.

 

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