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Simon clinches Indonesia Open title (pic)

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Published: 01 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesian Simon Santoso showed that he has not lost his touch, strolling to the men’s singles title at the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold in Jogyakarta on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Simon, struggling for form for the past one year, defeated compatriot Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21-17, 21-11 in the final.

Hosts Indonesia also picked up two other crowns.Simon Santoso defeated compatriot Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21-17, 21-11 in the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold men’s singles final in Jogyakarta on Sunday.

Praveen Jordan teamed up with seasoned campaigner Vita Ma- rissa to edge world champions Ahmad Tontowi-Lilyana Natsir 22-20, 9-21, 21-14 in the mixed doubles final. 

Indonesia showed that they have depth in the men’s doubles when Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra defeated Ronald Alexander-Selvanus Geh 17-21, 21-15, 21-16 in a final between two young and rising pairs.

 

Koreans a major obstacle at Denmark Open (pic)

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Published: 01 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: The South Koreans have no problems chopping and changing their men’s doubles lineup and it is the newly formed pair of Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong who may spoil Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s party at the Denmark Open from Oct 15-20 in Odense.

Last year, Kien Keat-Boon Heong gave a good account of themselves to beat the then-newly formed Yong-dae-Ko Sung-hyun partnership en route to finishing runners-up.

Yong-dae-Sung-hyun had gone on to forge a strong partnership, winning eight titles over the course of the year and are ranked No. 1 in the world.The Lee Yong-dae-Ko Sung-hyun partnership has been broken up but the new pairings will still be tough to overcome at the Denmark Open.

But the pair have been split by the Korean Badminton Association (KBA) following a string of unfavourable results, especially in the World Championships in August, where they were beaten in the second round by Taiwan’s Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin.

Sung-hyun will now partner Shin Baek-cheol, who had previously partnered Yeon-seong.

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Business as usual at BAM (pic)

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Published: 01 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was clearly in a good mood with the return of Rashid Sidek as the national men’s singles coach.

Rashid, the 1996 Olympic bronze medallist tendered his resignation on Sept 19 as he was uncomfortable with the structural changes in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s coaching stable.Coaches Rashid Sidek (right) and Tey Seu Bock keeping an eye on Lee Chong Wei and other players at the Juara Stadium.

The following week saw BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff reverting to the old coaching and training structure and scrapping the changes made by Tan Aik Mong, who has since stepped down as the Talent Management Group (TMG) director. On Monday, Rashid submitted a letter to the BAM stating his intention to return as coach of the men’s singles team.

BAM welcomed him back and Rashid was back at the Juara Stadium on Tuesday for his “first day” of work.

No one was happier to see him than Chong Wei, who turns 31 on Oct 21.

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Rashid back in BAM fold

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Published: 01 October 2013
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RASHID Sidek retracted his resignation letter yesterday and will resume his responsibilities as the national singles coach today.

Rashid handed his letter to BA of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh and said he was asked to resume his job immediately.

He had tendered his resignation on Sept 19 after his rocky relationship with talent management group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong.

Aik Mong's decision to restructure the national team didn't get the support of the coaches and he, too, resigned last Tuesday after BAM president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff decided to revert to the old set-up to defuse the tension.

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Chong Wei to get tips from The Thing (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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BUKIT JALIL: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is excited to pick up some pointers from China’s maestro Tang Hsien-hu at the China League which starts this weekend.

The famed Hsien-hu, also known as The Thing, is the coach of Guangdong Century City Badminton Club which Chong Wei is joining.

Hsien-hu, who coached Indonesia in the late 80s and can converse in Bahasa Indonesia, is also influential to China’s five-time world champion Lin Dan. He is credited with being the man behind Lin Dan’s success at winning the gold medal for the first time at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng are in the same team as Lee Chong Wei in the China league.

Chong Wei, who leaves for China on Friday, said he has crossed paths with Hsien-hu many times during his career but this will be the most exciting encounter.

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