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Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng team up again for HK Open (pic)

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Published: 07 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei should not have it too tough in the China Open (Nov 12-17) and Hong Kong Open (Nov 19-24).

In the draw released for the Hong Kong meet on Wednesday, the 31-year-old Chong Wei, who succumbed to fatigue in the recent Denmark and French Opens, will meet Indian youngster K. Srikanth in the first round.

An expected win could see him face compatriot Chong Wei Feng, provided the world No. 17 gets past Sho Sasaki of Japan in the first round.Four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng are back together for the HK Open, after being split up and paired with younger team-mates.

Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen and China’s Du Pengyu await Chong Wei in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

Jorgensen, who bagged his first Super Series title recently at the French meet, could provide some stiff resistance for Chong Wei.

The tall Dane came close in his home tournament, pushing Chong Wei to three games but lost the mental battle.

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Disgruntled Zulfadli walks out during match (pic)

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Published: 07 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli was crying foul after walking out in the second round of the Korean Open GP Gold in Jeonju City on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old was upset over the poor quality of refereeing in his match against Korean shuttler Han Ki-hoon and decided he had had enough after trailing 19-21, 10-15.Zulfadli Zulkiffli in a file photo. He walked out of his second round match against Korean shuttler Han Ki-hoon after receiving a total of five bad calls in two sets, complaining of poor refereeing.

“I wasn’t injured ... but it’s not possible to play at all when the umpire, service judge and linesmen are all Korean,” said a distraught Zulfadli, who is not under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) programme.

“In the first game I already had three bad calls against me and then in the second, I was given two more bad calls.

“When I tapped the shuttlecock at the net, I was called for a fault but when my opponent did the same there was no fault at all.

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Sole survivor Iskandar in last eight (pic)

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Published: 07 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Boosted by his selection into the SEA Games squad, back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin stormed into the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Korean Open Grand Prix Gold in convincing fashion.

On Thursday, Iskandar stayed focused throughout the game to beat Ha Young-woong of South Korea 21-17, 21-16 in 40 minutes in the third round to set up a meeting with 11th seed Tian Houwei of China.Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnian returns a shot to Tian Houwei of China in the Asian Youth Championships in 2011. He meets Houwei again for a place in the semi-finals at the Korean Open GP Gold on Friday.

National coach Hendrawan hopes that Iskandar would be able to pass the real test on Friday against Houwei.

“Iskandar played well today (Thursday) and was in control of the game from the start. The next match will reflect his true ability. He will be up against Houwei, who is from his batch,” said Hendrawan.

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Vivian psyched to play mixed doubles (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo is fired up about playing mixed doubles matches alongside Tan Wee Kiong.

The doubles coaches – Paulus Firman, Pang Cheh Chang and Jeremy Gan – have decided to let Wee Kiong partner Vivian in the mixed doubles in a bid to strengthen the entire doubles squad.Vivian Hoo: ' I believe that competing in the mixed doubles will make me a more complete player.'

And Vivian who dabbled in the mixed doubles category as a junior, picking up a bronze in the 2008 World Junior Championships with Mak Hee Chun, believes that trying out in the mixed partnership will only help her improve in the women’s doubles where she partners Woon Khe Wei.

“It’s been a while since I actually took mixed doubles seriously but there is no harm trying,” said Vivian.

“I believe that competing in the mixed doubles will make me a more complete player ... since I’ll need to revert from my regular role of playing at the back, with Khe Wei, to covering the front.

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Mixed pair to focus on Super Series Finals (pic)

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Published: 05 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s confirmed. Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will skip the SEA Games in Myanmar to play in the BWF’s World Super Series Finals next month.

The SEA Games badminton competition in Myanmar is from Dec 9-14 while the Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur is from Dec 11-15.

After weighing the pros and cons, national mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan decided to let Peng Soon-Liu Ying skip the SEA Games and focus on qualifying for the Super Series Finals.Malaysia's top mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will not play in the SEA Games, but instead concentrate on qualifying for next month's Super Series Finals

Peng Soon-Liu Ying will now join Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the Finals.

“It was a toss-up between the SEA Games and the Super Series Finals for Peng Soon-Liu Ying. Now, we can see clearly that they have a good chance of making the cut for the Finals. So, I’ve dropped their names from the SEA Games squad,” said Jeremy.

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