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Derbyshire badminton starlets Grace King and David Hong called up for England duty (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2014
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DERBYSHIRE badminton starlet Grace King has been called up to the England Under-15 squad for next month’s 8-Nations event in Denmark.

The youngster from Quarndon is still only 13 but her form has earned her selection to the team, which consists of six girls and six boys.Grace King will play for England Under-15s.

King became the county’s first national champion in more than a decade last year when she won the Under-13 national singles title.

Her coach, former England international James Boxall, feels her international call-up for the tournament, which takes place from February 20-23, is well deserved.

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Kim Wah-V Shem save Malaysia the blushes (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Doubles shuttlers Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem saved Malaysia from their worst-ever showing on home soil in the men’s doubles when they became the only pair to win the opening match.

On Wednesday, Khim Wah-V Shem gained sweet revenge when they dumped second seeds and reigning Korean Open champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark 24-22, 17-21, 21-18.Goh V Shem (left) and Lim Khim Wah in action against Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark during their first round match in the Maybank Malaysian Open. V Shem-Khim Wah won 24-22, 17-21, 21-18.

Just last week, the Malaysians had gone down with a whimper to the Danes in the quarter-finals of the season-opener in cold Seoul.

But on Wednesday, they were blowing hot, showing great fighting spirit to outplay the Danes and prevent Malaysia from suffering a complete whitewash.

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Yong-dae the accidental badminton hero (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: As a young boy, Lee Yong-dae of South Korea picked up badminton in a bid to lose weight.

Not only did he go on to shed some kilos, but the 25-year-old also grew to become one of the heavyweights in the doubles event.

In fact, he is one of the most admired players in the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.The Korean mixed doubles pair Lee Yong-dae (right) and Shin Seung-chan in action in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014. Yond-dae's primary objective this year is to do well in the Asian Games.

And the Olympic Games gold medallist says he owes it all to his mother.

“I was quite chubby when I was eight years old and my mother signed me up with a badminton club so that I could lose weight,” he said with a smile.

“Within a year, I lost some pounds ... I can’t remember how many kilos but I decided to stop as my mission was accomplished.

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All hope on Chong Wei … again (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: When all others fell on the wayside, the ever-dependable world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stayed rock steady to reach the men’s singles second round at the Maybank Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

On Wednesday, top seed Chong Wei hardly raised a sweat when he disposed of Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-7, 21-13 in just 35 minutes.Lee Chong Wei is the last Malaysian man standing in the Maybank Malaysian Open men's singles, after both Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren bowed out in the first round.

He will take on former world junior champion Wang Zhengming of China in the second round on Thursday.

Chong Wei is once again the sole survivor in the men’s singles after both Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng were sent spinning out of the tournament.

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Red hot Yamaguchi has feet firmly planted on the ground (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Akane Yamaguchi is only 16, but she is already being hailed as the next big star of women’s badminton.

She rose to prominence last year by becoming the youngest-ever Super Series winner when she triumphed in the Japan Open, before turning on the style to bag the world junior title.Akane Yamaguchi beat Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon 21-18, 23-25, 21-16 in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014.

And on Wednesday, the teenager showed exactly why she’s worth the hype with an incredible performance to stun reigning world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Yamaguchi showed maturity beyond her tender years and excellent court coverage to rack up a 21-18, 23-25, 21-16 win in 63 minutes at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

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