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Korean GP Gold: Iskandar scrapes through first round (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Boosted by the prospect of participating in the Myanmar SEA Games, national backup shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin rallied from a slow start to check into the second round of the Korean Open GP Gold in Jeonju City on Tuesday.

World No. 65 Iskandar, who was given the nod ahead of an underperforming Liew Daren for the SEA Games, was not at his best as he was taken the full distance by Asian Junior runner-up Jeon Hyuk-jin of South Korea before winning 22-20, 17-21, 21-18.Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin beat Asian Junior runner-up Jeon Hyuk-jin of South Korea 22-20, 17-21, 21-18 in the first round of the Korean Open GP Gold.

The lanky shuttler, who himself was an Asian Junior runner-up in 2009, will surely need to step up his game if he is to shoulder Malaysia’s medal hopes in Myanmar alongside world No. 17 Chong Wei Feng.

Iskandar, who reached the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open GP Gold in May, will next face Thailand’s Parinyawat Thongnuam in the second round.

And singles coach Hendrawan believes that Iskandar will only get better from here.

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No Games, no cry for Daren (pic)

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Published: 04 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Liew Daren is not overly concerned about being replaced by back-up player Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin for the Myanmar SEA Games next month.

In fact, Daren welcomes the decision as it means he can now focus on fully recovering from a niggling foot injury.

The injury restricted his court movements and resulted in first-round exits at the recent back-to-back Opens in Denmark and France.Malaysia shuttler Liew Daren said not playing in the SEA Games next month will allow him to fully recover from a persistent foot injury.

He conceded a walkover to P. Kashyap of India at the Denmark Open in Odense and lost to Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand at the French Open in Paris.

As a result, his world ranking dropped from No. 20 to No. 29.

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Super Series door ajar for Thien How-Wee Kiong (pic)

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Published: 04 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s second doubles pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong will not go for the Myanmar SEA Games after all.

A good performance in the French Open last week has opened up the possibility of Thien How-Wee Kiong sneaking into the lucrative US$500,000 (RM1.58mil) BWF World Super Series Finals from Dec 11-15 as one of the eight qualifiers.

All they have to do is go as far as possible in the China Open in Shanghai from Nov 12-17 to seal their tickets.World no. 9 Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong can clinch their spot in the Super Series Finals (Top 8) next month when they compete in the China Open from Nov 12-17.

Thien How said that their names had been dropped from the SEA Games squad. The badminton competition during the SEA Games is from Dec 9-14 – thus clashing with the Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have now named new combinations – Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang and Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han – to spearhead the nation’s challenge in the biennial Games.

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Kim Wah: Lean on me, partner (pic)

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Published: 04 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Men’s doubles shuttler Lim Khim Wah will be heading for his third SEA Games with a third different partner but with the same mission – to make an impact in the biennial Games.

Khim Wah, whose new partner at next month’s Games is Ow Yao Han, combined with Chan Peng Soon in Laos (2009) and Goh V Shem in Jakarta (2011).Ow Yao Han (left) and Lim Khim Wah training as a new pair forged just two weeks ago. The latter is certain they can be a successful partnership, beginning at the SEA games next month in Myanmar.

The 24-year-old Khim Wah has vowed to guide his 21-year-old partner Yao Han and make theirs a successful partnership.

It’s great that Yao Han and I have been selected for the SEA Games. I’ve played in the Games twice but it will be a new experience for Yao Han. I will guide him,” said Khim Wah.

“I have played in most of the major tournaments while Yao Han’s biggest exposure probably was the Super Series in Malaysia. Yao Han is a talented and aggressive player. For now, our focus is to tighten up our combination.”

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Future looks bleak for Malaysian badminton (pic)

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Published: 04 November 2013
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Japan continued to show their impressive progress in world badminton when Akane Yamaguchi defended the girls’ singles title while Taiwan went home with one silver medal through Wang Tzu-wei in the boys’ singles and a bronze through Tien Tzu-chieh-Wang Chi-lin in the boys’ doubles.

South Korea, whose team enjoyed a short training stint in Malaysia before the world junior meet, were one of the big winners when they took home two titles – Heo Kwang-hee (boys’ singles) and Chae Yoo-jung-Kim Ji-won (girls’ doubles).Boy's singles player Soong Joo Ven (pic) and doubles' pair Darren Isaac Devadass-Ong Yew Sin were the only bright spots in the recent World Junior meet in Bangkok. They made it to the quarter-finals in their respective events.

The only good thing to come out of the world junior meet for Malaysia was the exposure given to 13-year-old Goh Jin Wei of Penang.

Jin Wei withdrew in the third round of the girls’ singles with a hamstring injury but returned home with a wealth of experience.

National coach Wong Tat Meng, who was given the mandate to hold a selection trial for the girls’ singles before the world junior, should be credited for having the courage to include Jin Wei although she does not train in the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).

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