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Ivanov easily sails into main draw (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Russian Vladimir Ivanov had only five hours of sleep before playing in the qualifiers.

However, that did not stop the tall and valiant Ivanov from making it to the main draw of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday. Even with a lack of sleep, Russian Vladimir Ivanov won both his Maybank Malaysian Open qualifying matches to make it to the main draw where he will face Japan's Kenichi Tago.

The 26-year-old won his two qualifying matches – beating Malaysia’s Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif 10-21, 21-12, 23-21 and Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit 21-16, 21-17 – to set up a match against Japan’s Kenichi Tago.

“Both matches were hard for me as I only had five hours of sleep after arriving in Malaysia at 2am. Thankfully, I did not fall asleep on the courts today,” joked Ivanov.

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Support our local shuttlers: Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Let's be real, it will be tough for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win his 10th home title in the Maybank Malaysian Open when the action starts Wednesday with the first round at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

He is getting older. His younger opponents are getting bolder and stronger. And he is starting to feel the burden of responsibility on his tired shoulders.Vittinghus Hans-Kristian of Denmark meets Lee Chong Wei in the opening round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

But the 31-year-old intends to let the magic of playing at home do the talking once again this week.

His nine-month-old baby boy Kingston will be cheering his “papa” on every day from the stands. His devoted wife Wong Mew Choo, family and friends will be there. And thousands of his loyal and patriotic fans will be rooting for him.

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Malaysian Open: All men's singles shuttlers out of qualifiers (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Misbun Sidek could very well be making more appearances in tournaments held in Malaysia in the future.

The former national singles coach made his first official appearance in a tournament for the first time in three years since quitting his post from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).Misbun Ramdan plays in the Maybank Malaysian Open qualifiers as his dad Misbun Sidek looks on from the coach's seat.

Misbun, to the surprise of many, took one of the coaches’ seats during his son Misbun Ramdan’s second qualifying match against China’s Gao Huan.

Fuelled by his father’s presence, world No. 44 Ramdan mounted a furious comeback against the 24-year-old Gao Huan.

Unfortunately it was not enough as Ramdan went down fighting 9-21, 21-12, 17-21 in 57 minutes.

“I started too slow because this is a Super Series premier event and I was nervous,” said Ramdan.

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Imminent change at top (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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NEW ERA: Chen Long set to rule after latest master class

 THE Korea Open signalled the changing of the guard at the world stage as it has become evident Lee Chong Wei is powerless to stop China's Chen Long from taking over as the leading men's singles player.Chen Long is the player China will depend on to win honours this year.

No player, not even China legend Lin Dan, has managed to beat Chong Wei in straight games four times in a row but Chen Long has done exactly that. 

Chen Long, in prime physical condition at 25 and armed with sound tactics and skills, will be the player China will depend on to win honours in the main events this year.

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Jan reckons only Chen can spoil Lee’s party (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: If there is one person to break Lee Chong Wei’s more than five-year reign as the world No. 1 player, it has to be Chen Long of China this year.

That’s the belief of Denmark’s top player Jan O Jorgensen, who is here for the Maybank Malaysian Open starting on Wednesday at Putra Stadium.

“I may be currently ranked third in the world but I do not see myself breaking Chong Wei’s reign in the near future,” said the 26-year-old Jorgensen, who has won only two Super Series titles - the 2010 Denmark Open and last year’s French Open.Jan O Jorgensen (left) of Denmark feels that only China's Chen Long can dislodge Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei (right) from the world No.1 ranking.

“For now, Chong Wei and Chen Long are in a different league all together. They are able to raise the level of badminton to a different level when they face-off.”

“I do not dare put myself in that league to threaten Chong Wei’s reign - just yet. For now, it is Chen Long’s role.”

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