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Sindhu ready to step up and deliver (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Last year, 18-year-old P.V. Sindhu came of age when she made the semi-finals of the World Championships in Guangzhou last August.

The Indian starlet, who is one of the rising stars in women’s singles, also won two titles – the Malaysian Open GP Gold and the Macau Open – last year.P.V. Sindhu in action against Indonesian Fanetri Lindawani during the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014. She won 21-17, 21-18

Now, the Indian national champion is ready to step up to the plate and take some burden off the shoulders of Saina Nehwal, who has been struggling to find her form and confidence recently.

The world No. 11 got off to a good start at the Maybank Malaysian Open by beating Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri 21-17, 21-18 in the first round on Wesnesday.

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Juhl unfazed by depth in Chinese doubles’ game (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Danish doubles specialist Kamilla Rytter Juhl believes that China’s women’s doubles players have an ace up their sleeves with the constant changing of partnerships.

At the Maybank Malaysian Open, the versatile Ma Jin has been paired up with youngster Tang Yuanting for the first time in an obvious bid to select the best combinations for the Uber Cup that will be held in New Delhi, India, in May – and also with an eye on the Asian Games.Danish pair Christinna Pedersen (left) and Kamilla Rytter Juhl return a shot to Korean pair Chae Yoo Jung-Kim Ji Won during their first-round match in the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014. The Danish pair won 16-21, 21-11, 21-17.

But while Juhl admits that China are blessed to have an abundance of strong doubles players, she believes that they are not unbeatable.

“China are very lucky because they have at least 10 strong women’s doubles shuttlers who can play with anyone and still win,” said Juhl.

“That makes it very difficult for us and the rest because we have to try to keep up with their different combinations.

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Markis Kido an inspiration for younger players (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Doubles specialist Markis Kido’s fearless attitude on and off the court is an inspiration to rising Indonesian pair Angga Pratama-Rian Agung Saputra.

Markis has proven that, despite the odds, anything is possible if one puts his heart and mind to achieving success. And Indonesians know what Markis has gone through – battling health problems and also a tiff with the national badminton body – to reach the top.A file picture of Markis Kido (left). He now partners Gideon Markus Fernaldi in the men's doubles.

And Angga and Rian will be drawing inspiration from Markis’ achievements to defy the odds in search of glory in the ongoing Maybank Malaysian Open.

Markis, who partnered Hendra Setiawan to win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2007 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, has certainly gone through many ups and downs in his career.

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Who will succeed Chong Wei? (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Does Malaysia have the talent in the men’s singles department to replace world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei?

Based on last year’s results and current form, there are eight potential shuttlers. Sadly, all of them are still under the radar in the international scene.

Six of them are Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) players – Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat, Choong Yee Han, Tan Kian Meng, Soong Joo Ven and Soo Teck Zhi – and two independent players – Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Zulfadli Zulkifli.Lee Chong Wei might have two more good years in him. But there is still no replacement in sight.

Except for Joo Ven, Yee Han and Kian Meng, the rest took part in the ongoing Maybank Malaysian Open but none cleared the qualifying tournament at the Putra Stadium on Tuesday.

All of them put up fighting displays but still were not good enough to pull off a breakthrough.

How much longer will it take for them to join the big league?

China are already leaps and bounds ahead of Malaysia. So are countries like Indonesia, South Korea and even Japan, Thailand and India.

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Lee Chong Wei looks to fend off Chen Long in Malaysia Open

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Published: 14 January 2014
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Malaysia's top-ranked badminton star Lee Chong Wei is determined to bounce back on home turf this week after a weekend loss in Korea to hard-charging world number two Chen Long of China.

The Malaysian Open kicks off Wednesday with the 31-year-old hometown hero smarting from his loss to Chen on Sunday in the singles final of the Korean Open.

The top two seeds are expected to cruise through their respective halves of the draw in Malaysia and could clash again in the final in Kuala Lumpur.

Lee has dominated world badminton, holding the top ranking nearly uninterrupted since 2008 and winning seven titles last year.

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