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China start planning early for Thomas Cup (pic)

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Published: 17 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: It's only January but it’s no secret that China are already warming up for the Thomas Cup that will be held in New Delhi in May.

China have an abundance of talented singles shuttlers – Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu to name a few.

Despite dominating the world’s premier team event since 2004, China’s men’s doubles has always been perceived as a weak link.China coach Li Yongbo. He has already put measures in place to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

But if anything, China, under the stewardship of renowned head coach Li Yongbo, have already put ahead plans to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

Four-time world champion Fu Haifeng has already started partnering the younger Hong Wei, with the pair reaching the final of the Korean Open last week, before losing to Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

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Yeon-ju aiming for Super Series, Asian Games glory (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: South Korean women’s singles shuttler Bae Yeon-ju has several career highlights.

Making the semi-finals of last year’s world championships and being a part of the of victorious 2010 Uber Cup team are just two of them.

But she’s aiming for much more. The 23-year-old has two goals for this year – to break her duck in the Super Series events as well as win the gold in the Asian Games which will be held in Incheon.Bae Yeon-ju in action against 16-year-old Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the Maybank Malaysian Open quarter-finals. Yeon-ju won 21-15, 21-16.

The crafty left-hander, who is currently ranked seventh in the world, is well on track to achieving her first target after storming into the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Friday.

Yeon-ju, who hails from Gyeongsangnam, showed her mettle as she doused the challenge of 16-year-old Akane Yamaguchi 21-15, 21-16.

It was an impressive performance as the young Japanese has been on a roll, beating world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and compatriot Minatsu Mitani in the first and second round respectively.

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Khairy launches broadside at BAM after continuous failure (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Buck up, BAM!

That is the loud and clear message that Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is sending to the Badminton Association of Malaysia leadership under Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin speaking to the media after chairing the post-mortem of the Myanmar SEA Games. He wants to meet BAM next week to discuss their future.

On Thursday, Khairy voiced his dissatisfaction with the BAM management and players, questioning why a country with a wealth of talents still depended on just one player - world No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei.

Khairy believes that the current leadership under Tengku Mahaleel is not addressing the issue head-on.

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Tough taking on China players: Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei admitted that he has yet to peak after struggling to overcome China’s Wang Zhengming in the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei was given a proper workout by the former world junior champion before prevailing 21-17, 21-18 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jali on Thursday.Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah celebrate after beating Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech 21-19, 25-23 in the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

“I didn’t play my best today against Zhengming,” said Chong Wei.

“It’s tough taking on these China players because there are so many of them and there’s only one of me.

“But what’s important is that I win the match and continue to focus on my next match.

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The Adcocks are a happy couple on and off the court (pic)

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Published: 16 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: It’s rare to see a couple travel the world and play good badminton together.

But that is the adventurous journey of mixed doubles shuttler Chris Adcock and his wife Gabrielle.

The couple tied the knot last September and are enjoying the best of both worlds.Chris (left) and Gabrielle Adcock in action against Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Birgit Michels during the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Jan 16, 2014. The Adcocks won 23-21, 16-21, 21-6.

Just a month after their marriage, the English pair won their first Super Series title in Hong Kong.

And on Thursday, the Adcocks stormed into the quarter-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open after beating Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Birgit Michels 23-21, 16-21, 21-6 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

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