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Doubles world champs withdraw from Malaysian Open (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was confirmed after the team manager’s meeting on Monday that women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi has been withdrawn from competing in women’s doubles alongside Sannatasah Saniru.Top seed Wang Xiaoli (left) and Yu Yang of China have withdrawn from the Malaysian Open badminton championships which begins on Wednesday.

Jing Yi who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable in November last year only to rejoin them after a few weeks, had to withdraw because Sannatasah is not a BAM player.

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Thien How: It’s time to step up (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: National doubles shuttler Hoon Thien How is rallying his team-mates to lift the gloom in the men’s doubles department by ending a four-year rut at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The men’s doubles have failed to win any Super Series titles for the past four years since Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong nailed the home title in 2010.Hoon Thien How (right), who partners Tan Wee Kiong in the men's doubles, hopes that Malaysia can end their title drought in the event at this year's Malaysia Open tournament after four years.

This year, Malaysia will be represented by Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and independent shuttlers Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazri-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and all four will start from the main draw on Wednesday.

The others - Tan Yip Jiun-Yew Hong Kheng, Tan Chee Tean-Yin Wong Fai, Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi, Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Hafiz Hashim, Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock and Jagdish Singh-Roni Tan Wee Long are aiming to come through the qualifying round starting on Tuesday.

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Making the cut is Iskandar’s main priority (pic)

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Published: 13 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Top singles back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is ready to soak in the experience of playing in his first Maybank Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium on Tuesday.

After missing out on the opportunity to play at home last year due to a freak motorcycle accident, Iskandar is ready to shine at home.National back-up player Iskandar Zulkarnain, who missed last year's Malaysian Open due to a motorcycle accident, hopes to make an impact in this year's edition from the qualifying round on Tuesday.

He will take on his younger compatriot - Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi in the opening round of the qualifying tournament.

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Chong Wei: I lost to a better player (pic)

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Published: 12 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has promised to bounce back stronger at the Malaysian Open after failing to get off to a dream start in the season-opening Korean Open in Seoul.

The 31-year-old shuttler went down 14-21, 15-21 to China’s Chen Long in Sunday’s 56-minute men’s singles final, thus crushing his hopes of winning the Korean Open for the fourth time.

It was Chen Long’s eighth win over Chong Wei in 15 meetings – and his fourth consecutive victory over the Malaysian – in a period of 14 months.Lee Chong Wei reacts after losing a point to Chen Long of China in the men's singles final of the Korean Open on Sunday. The Malaysian world No.1 lost the match in straight sets.

The powerful Chen Long, who is trying to fill in the shoes of five-time world champion Lin Dan, produced an efficient display to give himself an early 25th birthday present.

Chen Long, who turns 25 on Jan 18, accelerated to a 7-0 first-game lead in just six minutes – showcasing his brilliance at the net and superb execution of smashes from the baseline.

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Malaysian Open badminton championship - Top Indo pair’s back for more (pic)

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Published: 12 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: The Malaysian Open will always be memorable for reigning men’s doubles world champions Hendra Setiawan-Mohd Ahsan of Indonesia.

It was here a year ago that their new partnership took flight as the unseeded pair won the men’s doubles title in their first tournament together at the Putra Stadium.

And they haven’t looked back, since.World champion men's doubles pair, Mohd Ahsan (2nd right) and Hendra Setiawan (right) warm down after a training session for the Malaysian Open badminton championship beginning on Wednesday at Bukit Jalil.

The duo went on to win three Super Series titles in Indonesia, Singapore and Japan and also came out tops in two world events – the World Championships in Guangzhou and the BWF World Super Series in Kuala Lumpur.

The world No. 1 are now back for more.

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