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Fresh Hui Ern-Pei Jing combo an instant hit

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Published: 20 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia need not despair. Ng Hui Ern and Lai Pei Jing have breathed new life into the girls’ doubles department following their promising display in the Asian Junior Championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

The pair, forged just days before the tournament began, fell to China’s Xia Huan-Tang Jinhua 25-23, 15-21, 15-21 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

But they did enough to make Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) doubles coach Yap Kim Hock purring with delight, saying he saw a good understanding between the two and that he might even consider keeping them as a pair permanently.

“They played very well, showing good fighting spirit even though they were paired up just before the tournament began,” he said, adding that the girls’ achievement was something to be proud of since Malaysia did not even make it to the quarter-finals last year.

“I may keep them as a pair and split up the partnership of Hui Ern-Ong Boon Hui because Hui Ern is performing a lot better with Pei Jing.”

Kim Hock also said Hui Ern-Pei Jing showed heaps of improvements in their game.

“But they need to improve more on their technique in order to have a better control of their game,” he noted.

 
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Iskandar has the potential to live up to his name (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: In Bahasa Malaysia Alexander the Great is known as Iskandar Zulkarnain.

Unfortunately, unlike the ancient Greek king, Malaysian youngster Iskandar failed to attain greatness in his last Asian Junior Championships, which ended at Stadium Juara on Sunday, after going down in the final to China’s Tian Houwei.

But the disappointment of letting slip an opportunity to be the country’s first Asian junior singles champion is only expected to fuel the fire in Iskandar to conquer the world of badminton one day.Painful loss: Iskandar Zulkarnain broke down when he failed to win the Asian junior title on Sunday.

It is rare to see boys cry in public but the 18-year-old Iskandar showed how much the Asian junior title meant to him when he broke down in the arms of his father Zainuddin after the painful defeat on Sunday.

 

Iskandar, Hong Kheng-Yao Han fall at the final hurdles (pic)

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Published: 20 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia suffered a double dampener when top seeds Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Yew Hong Kheng-Ow Yao Han fell at the final hurdles in the Asian Junior Championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.Tian Houwei (front) beat Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin (back) to win the Asian Junior Championship

Iskandar, 18, dished out his worst performance in the competition to go down 11-21, 18-21 to a fired-up Tian Houwei of China in just 25 minutes in the boys’ singles final.

If that’s not bad enough, the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) pair of Yao Han-Hong Kheng failed to keep Malaysia’s good record in the boys’ doubles when they lost 15-21, 16-21 to Pratama Angga-Rendy Yohanes Sugiarto of Indonesia.

Iskandar’s defeat, however, was the more painful for Malaysia since the lanky shuttler, who has been in such commanding form throughout the tournament, was just a step away from being the first Malaysian to win the singles title in the Asian junior meet.

 

Malaysia clinch three semis spots in the boys’ singles (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia have been short of new talents in the men’s singles department for ages.

Things look set to change follow­ing yesterday’s results in the Asian Junior Championships when four boys entered the quarter-finals of the singles event with Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Mohd Syawal Ismail and Misbun Ramdan Misbun coming out triumphant to reach the semi-finals.Sheer ecstasy: Mohd Syawal Ismail celebrates after beating Hao Hsu-jen of Taiwan in the boys’ singles quarter-finals on Friday.

And 16-year-old Zulfadli Zulkifli could have made it a really glorious day for Malaysian badminton if only he had got the better of China’s top junior Tian Houwei. A lack of stamina and experience saw him going down fighting before losing 21-23, 16-12 in the 50-minute battle.

Earlier, all four had made it a historic day for the nation when they checked into the quarter-finals.

Malaysia never had four boys’ singles players in the last eight of the championships.

Top seed Iskandar will take on Ram­dan today, ensuring one place in the final while Syawal could make it an all-Malaysian affair in the final if he can take down Houwei.

Yesterday, Iskandar was the first to check into the last four but he almost muffed it after struggling to find his form in the first game against Pisit Poodchalat of Thailand.

He was slower than usual against the Thai. But spurred on by the home fans, he got back into the groove to knock out Pisit in a 16-21, 21-13, 21-12 win.

“I am happy to make it to the semi-finals for the first time. I was nervous and my hand was stiff in the first game but fortunately I got back my rhythm,” said Iskandar.

 
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Hong Kheng and Yao Han survive Indon attack to make last four

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Shuttlers Yew Hong Kheng-Ow Yao Han lived up to their top billing when they defeated Indonesia’s Berry Anggriawan-Muhammad Ulin­nu­ha in the boys’ doubles quarter-finals of the Asian Junior Champion­ships yesterday.

Hong Kheng-Yao Han overcame streams of attack from the Indonesians to chalk up a 21-13, 12-21, 21-15 win at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

The Malaysian pair wrested control in the opening game but the Indonesians upped the ante to clinch the second game. But Hong Kheng-Yao Han prevailed in the rubber to go through to the last four.

 

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