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Vietnam's leading badminton player eyes SEA Games trophy (pic)

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Published: 03 December 2013
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VietNamNet Bridge – He may have amassed a collection of international titles, but Viet Nam's top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh is still missing a men's singles gold from the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The biennial tournament, the largest in the region, is approaching, and the world No 8 is expected to produce something special as top seed.Lift off: Vietnamese badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh rises to execute a mash. The 30-year-old player desperately seeks his first golden medal at the Southeast Asian Games.

The door for Minh is wide open because his main rivals will be occupied at the Super Series Finals for the top eight players in the world that will be held in Malaysia at the same time. Southeast Asian players in the top 8, including world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, No 5 Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia and No 7 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand plan to skip the Myanmar Games to focus on the year-end tournament.

Minh's main opponents will be world No 12 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand, No 13 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and No 16 Wei Feng Chong from Malaysia.

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The Success Story of Indonesian Badminton (pic)

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Published: 03 December 2013
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Asian countries have been dominating the world of badminton for a long time. China, Malaysia and Indonesia have some of the most legendary badminton players. Indonesia has won several important badminton tournaments and has often easily defeated its strongest badminton competitors. Indonesian badminton team enjoys international status and has several gold medals to its credit.Indonesia Badminton National Team

Over the years, Indonesian badminton has matured significantly. Indonesian Badminton Association has revised several policies and undertaken several important projects to further improve the state of badminton in Indonesia.

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Coach Paulus: Thien How-Wee Kiong must stay hungry (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National coach Paulus Firman will head home to Indonesia Wednesday with a sense of accomplishment – having produced a men’s doubles champion in Malaysia in just 10 months.

On Sunday, world No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong gave their coach a timely farewell gift when they nailed their first men’s doubles title – the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.

Paulus hopes that Thien How-Wee Kiong, who had been under his charge from the first day he arrived in Malaysia in February, will continue to be hungry for success in order to be a more established pair. Doubles coach Paulus Firman (center) who is going back to Indonesia on Wednesday is happy that his charges Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How have finally won a title, the Macau Open, last week.

“It gives me great satisfaction to see Thien How-Wee Kiong winning their first title before I leave. It all goes back to their renewed commitment as players in the national team. I am pleased,” said Paulus.

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Thien How-Wee Kiong bag first career title at Macau Open (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong finally got it right to nail their first-ever men’s doubles title at the Macau Open GP Gold on Sunday.

The pair had come close in the China Open last month, only to lose to South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong in the final.

This time, there was no denying Thien How-Wee Kiong as they were focused right till the end to score an upset over world No. 8 Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin of Taiwan, winning 21-16, 21-19.Malaysia's doubles pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong finally made a breakthrough by capturing their first international title at the Macau Open on Sunday.

In doing so, they became only the second Malaysian pair this season to win a title after the now defunct partnership of Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah at the Malaysian Open GP Gold in May.

Thien How-Wee Kiong held a comfortable lead in the first game and it didn’t seem like they would face any problems from Sheng-mu-Chia-hsin after a 21-16 win.

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Malaysian doubles pair on a roll, enters Macau final

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Published: 02 December 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are on the verge of a major breakthrough after storming into the men’s doubles final of the Macau Open GP Gold on Saturday.

The world No.10 were in their element, crushing Taiwan’s Liang Jui Wei-Liao Kuan Hao 21-18, 21-9 in just 30 minutes.

They stepped on the gas from 16-16 in the first game to ease ahead of the young Taiwanese duo before comfortably sealing their spot in their second consecutive final.

Last month, Thien How-Wee Kiong defied the odds to make their first-ever career final at the China Open. They were, however, beaten by Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yung-sung in the title playoff.

Thien How-Wee Kiong get another chance to set things right on Sunday. They will take on top seeds Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin of Taiwan in the final.

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