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Liu Ying's knee holds up through first round (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: There was a huge smile of relief on Goh Liu Ying’s face after she cleared the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open without needing any extra medical attention.

The 24-year-old Liu Ying is suffering from a meniscus tear on her right knee and has been advised to go for surgery, which would see her sidelined for eight months at least.Goh Liu Ying is relieved that she and her partner Chan Peng Soon, as well as her knee, made it through the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Liu Ying however has decided to put off making a decision about the surgery until after the Malaysian Open, and as such she was relieved that the injury did not flare up during her first match of the year with partner Chan Peng Soon.

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Khe-Wei-Vivian crash out in first round (pic)

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Published: 15 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Just one month after winning the SEA Games gold in Myanmar, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo were brought down to earth when they lost to China’s Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

And immediately after the game, Vivian stated the obvious - that there was still a yawning gap between the Malaysians and their Chinese competitors, with the Malaysians only on par with the Chinese state players.Vivian Hoo (left) and Woon Khe Wei during their match against China's Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014.

The 24-year-old Vivian and her partner Khe Wei lost 16-21, 12-21 to Ma Jin-Yuanting and hardly showed any substance en route to their defeat on Wedensday.

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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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