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June Wei following Chong Wei's path (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Cheam June Wei and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei have something significant in common – both were trained by the same coach, Teh Peng Huat in Penang, during their younger days.

While Chong Wei has gone on to make his name on the international stage, Singapore International Under-17 champion June Wei is just waiting in the wings to do the same.

And on Saturday, the 16-year-old showed that he is on the right track when he reached the final of the boys’ singles for the first time in Division Two of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras. Cheam June Wei will face Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi in the KL Open boys' singles in Division Two.

He defeated R. Satheishtharan 21-12, 19-21, 21-16 in 50 minutes to make a strong claim for a place in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.

His compatriot Satheishtharan, also 16, did well to keep pace but the Penangite showed more fire in the belly to book a final date with Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi on Sunday.

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Ramdan thriving under dad Misbun's tutelage (pic)

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Published: 04 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: After just nine months of training under his father Misbun Sidek, Ramdan is looking physically fitter.

And on Saturday, reigning national champion Ramdan will use his speed and power to try and pull the rug from under top seed Chong Wei Feng in the men’s singles semi-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras.

On Friday, Ramdan flexed his muscles en route to beating good friend Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-14, 22-20 in 43 minutes. It was his first win over Iskandar in eight meetings.Misbun Ramdan Misbun says he has improved a lot and is learning a lot from his dad.

“I have lost to him seven times before but, today, I was able to pull through. I guess he was more pressured playing under the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) banner,” said independent shuttler Ramdan.

He also said that he was relishing training under his father Misbun, who quit as the national singles coach in 2011.

“Under my dad’s tutelage, I have really improved a lot. Physically, I am stronger now. But there is so much to learn from him. I am just getting all warmed up now,” said Ramdan.

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Ramdan a changed man (pic)

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Published: 04 October 2013
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MISBUN Ramdan Misbun, after spending most of his time competing in Europe, made a winning return to local competition at the Kuala Lumpur Open yesterday.

Looking physically stronger and standing at 1.8m, Ramdan easily defeated national player Goh Giap Chin 21-11, 21-15 to reach the second round at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium.Misbun Ramdan Mohamed Misbun beat Goh Giap Chin 21-11, 21-15 in the first round of the Kuala Lumpur Open yesterday.

Ramdan made heads turn after becoming national champion at the age of 21 last year and then dropped a bombshell by leaving BAM to rejoin his father Misbun Sidek in training.

Since then, he was only confined to playing in minor tournaments in Europe where he won the lowly Hellas, Slovenia and Portugal International to be ranked World No 44.

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Friendship can wait (pic)

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Published: 04 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Rising singles stars Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Misbun Ramdan Misbun forged a bond of friendship when they were training under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) banner last year. 

On Friday, however, they will turn foes when they face each other in the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras. Misbun Ramdan Misbun will face Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in the quarter-finals of the KL Open on Friday.

This is their first meeting in a tournament since Ramdan left the BAM set-up to seek newer challenges under the guidance of his father Misbun as an independent shuttler. 

National singles coach Rashid Sidek predicts an evenly-contested match. 

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Chong Wei on a mission (pic)

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Published: 02 October 2013
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LEE Chong Wei will aim to better his super series haul of six titles in 2010 when he competes in the Denmark Open on Oct 15-20 and French Open on Oct 22-27.

  This season, the World No 1 has already won five titles: the Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Japan Opens. And it will be his most successful year if he captures the Denmark and French Open crowns.

  Chen Long of China, the World No 2, will be Chong Wei's biggest threat in both the tournaments but national coach Tey Seu Bock said Chong Wei has maintained his fitness level and is looking forward to winning two titles.

  Bagging the Denmark Open will also mark his 50th career title but much attention will be on Chong Wei's ability to win back-to-back crowns at the age of 31.Lee Chong Wei has already won five titles — the Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Japan Opens.  Read more: Chong Wei on a mission.

  "Chong Wei wants to better his record in the super series and if he wins the Denmark and French Opens, he will achieve it.

   "He will also compete in the China and Hong Kong Opens in November before taking a break from international tournaments and focus on his training.

   "Chen Long will be his main rival in both the tournaments while Du Pengyu (of China) will be the other player to look out for in Denmark. However, we are still not sure of their condition after the World Championships.

   "It will also be a good test of whether he can sustain his performance in back-to-back tournaments as he is 31 now. If he struggles in Europe and also in China and Hong Kong Opens, we have to review his tournament plan next year."

    Chong Wei won the Denmark Open last year ad withdrew from the French Open due his wedding. In his absence, Liew Daren won the title in Paris.

 

 

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