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Ying Ying beats top seed Jiayuan of Singapore

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Published: 15 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was a day that aspiring women’s singles shuttler Lee Ying Ying will cherish for a long time – she dumped top seed Chen Jiayuan of Singapore to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysia International Challenge in Kuching.

Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student Ying Ying, who flopped with a poor showing at her debut World Junior Championships in Bangkok last month, made a good account of herself on Thursday when she dug deep to beat the China-born Jiayuan 21-16, 20-22, 21-17 in a 52-minute second-round match.

On Friday, she will take on Pai Yu-po of Taiwan for a place in the semi-finals.

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Kim Her returns to coaching doubles pairs (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Tan Kim Her has gone back to where he originally started – as a coach with the men’s doubles department.

After two months of serving as an assessor for the national team, Tan Kim Her will be back to coaching the men’s doubles. The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) decided yesterday that he was the right candidate to replace Paulus Firman ... for the time being.

Paulus quit BAM because of family problems. Paulus Firman talking to Tan Kim Her (right) in a January file photo. Kim Her is to have a dual role with BAM – as an assessor as well as a doubles coach.

Kim Her, who was head coach of the men’s doubles before he was appointed as an assessor under the new BAM management, will now work with Pang Cheh Chang to handle 24 pairs in the national team.

Yesterday, BAM’s Talent Management Group (TMG) acting director Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said that Kim Her will play a dual role – as an assessor and a doubles coach.

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Spoilers Kien Keat-Boon Heong bow out of China Open (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It should have been a glorious day for Malaysian badminton at the China Open in Shanghai but men’s doubles ace Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong spoilt it.

On Thursday, fifth seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong were given a rude shock in the second round after being dispatched 18-21, 18-21 by towering Russians Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov. Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were defeated 18-21, 18-21 by Russians Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov at the China Open. They were the only Malaysians to be knocked out of the second round.

The others – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng – battled their way into the quarter-finals by showing great determination and fighting spirit.

A day after dumping men’s doubles second seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark, the unseeded Thien How-Wee Kiong continued their gallant run by disposing of South Korea’s second best pair – Ko Sung-hyun-Shun Baek-cheol – 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 in one hour and two minutes.

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Thien How-Wee Kiong pull off surprise win (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 12 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong produced an amazing effort for one of the biggest wins in their careers after dumping world No. 3 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the first round of the China Open at Shanghai on Wednesday.

The pair who had sneaked into contention for the Super Series Finals following a semi-final showing at the French Open, were just too much for the second seeded Danes, winning 25-23, 21-15.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The pair pulled off a surprise win by defeating Denmark's Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 25-23, 21-15 in the first round of the China Open.

Thien How-Wee Kiong who are currently ninth in the Super Series standings should have done enough to seal their spot, especially since closest rivals, Indonesia's Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra were bundled out in the first round by England's Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis.

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Thien How-Wee Kiong within reach of Super Series spot (pic)

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Published: 13 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong know that they just need to push themselves the extra mile in the China Open in order to secure a place in the Super Series Final from Dec 11-15 in Kuala Lumpur.

Thien How-Wee Kiong who are currently ranked No. 12 in the world are also ninth in the Super Series standings following a surprising semi-final appearance at the French Open last month.Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The pair may still qualify for the Super Series Final depending on how well they do in the China Open.

With the second ranked pair in the Super Series list – South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae no longer playing together, Thien How-Wee Kiong are almost assured of their place in the Final as 10th ranked pair Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda of Japan do not qualify because the Japanese already have two pairs in the top eight.

But getting to the China Open final will not be easy as Thien How-Wee Kiong will face world No. 3 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark – a pair they have never met before – in the first round in Shanghai on Wednesday.

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