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Li Lian goes from straight-A’s to KL Open final (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Yang Li Lian has been a straight-A student in all the major examinations.

So, it came as a big surprise when the 20-year-old decided to defer her A-levels in a bid to pass with flying colours on the badminton court instead.

She said it was time for her to concentrate fully on badminton and lift the national women’s singles department out of the doldrums.

Currently, women singles in the country is in a sorry state with only a few good players left in the stable. Besides Li Lian, the others in the team are Tee Jing Yi, Sonia Cheah, Lim Yin Fun and Lim Chiew Sien.Yang Li Lian will be meeting Tee Jing Yi on Oct 6, 2013, in the KL Open women’s singles final. Li Lian will be hoping to win her first senior title then.

Her move to put badminton in the driving seat has seen immediate results.

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Kok Siang wants to settle down

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former world junior champion Teo Kok Siang hopes his misery of not having a regular partner will be settled for good after his success at the Kuala Lumpur Open. 

On Sunday, the 23-year-old Kok Siang and scratch partner Ow Yao Han put up a solid performance to beat Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi 21-19, 21-13 in just 27 minutes to win the men’s doubles title in the KL Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium.

Kok Siang, who won the world junior title with Mak Hee Chun in 2008, is one of the players considered as a partner for Goh V Shem. The other candidate is Ee Yi.

Reigning Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold winners V Shem and Lim Khim Wah are now the country’s third pair but the duo have decided to go separate ways. 

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Goh-ing great guns (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Thailand have young star Ratchanok Intanon. Soon, Malaysia will have Goh Jin Wei rocking the badminton world in women’s singles. 

On Saturday, the 13-year-old Jin Wei from Penang showed power, class and a lot of fire in her belly to outplay 18-year-old Slyvia Kavita Kumares 21-17, 21-15 in 36 minutes to emerge as the girls’ singles champion in Division Two of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras.Penang lass Goh Jin Wei showed power, class and a lot of fire in her belly to outplay Sylvia Kavita Kumares for the KL Open title.

This is Jin Wei’s second title after having won the Division Two crown in the Kedah Open in June.

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Wei Feng eyeing local king crown (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Chong Wei Feng is determined to keep his unbeaten run in local tournaments this year – just like world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

On Sunday, the 26-year-old Wei Feng recovered from a sluggish start to beat Chong Yee Han 21-18, 21-10 for the men’s singles title in the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras. In June, Wei Feng was the winner of the Kedah Open, the opening leg of the National Circuit. Chong Wei Feng defeated backup shuttler Chong Yee Han to win the KL Open title.

Now, he has set his sights on winning the National Grand Prix Finals in Putrajaya from Dec 27-30. 

In the absence of Chong Wei, who has dominated the local scene for a decade, the battle to be crowned the new local king is quite open this year.
 
Wei Feng is determined to keep a clean sheet this season. 

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States stealing the limelight (pic)

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Published: 07 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was good to see some of the states basking in the limelight in the recently-concluded Kuala Lumpur Open at Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium. 

Penang continued to show that they are one of the major contributor of talents for the country. They had a total of six champions, including young star Goh Jin Wei in the girls’ singles. Misbun Ramdan Misbun added some spice to the recently concluded KL Open

The others were Tee Jing Yi, Chan Peng Soon, Lim Ming Chuen, Cheah Yee See and Chua Keh Yep. Except for Jin Wei and Ming Chuen, the others are already in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) national set-up.

Ming Chuen teamed up with Chan Ren Cong of Perak to score an upset win over Bukit Jalil Sports School’s (BJSS) Chen Jia Huo-Goh Sze Fei to win the boys’ doubles title in Division Two. 

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