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Former internationals Arif, Hee Chun shine (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former internationals Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Mak Hee Chun shone the brightest in the Malaysia International Challenge in Kuching on Friday.

World No. 50 Arif, who left the national team last year to venture into the world of professional badminton, defeated Indonesia’s Grinting Anthony 21-8, 21-15 to reach the men’s singles semi-finals.

He will take on Ashton Chen of Singapore on Saturday for a place in the final. Mohd Arif Abdul Latif. The former international is the last man standing in the men's singles event of the Malaysia International Challenge. He faces Ashton Chen of Singapore on Saturday for a place in the final.

The 24-year-old Arif was the only men’s singles shuttler left to carry the torch for Malaysia as all the other players - Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Choong Yen Han – fell like kingpins.

Reigning Asian junior champion Teck Zhi was sent packing 15-21, 15-21 by Indonesia’s Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin in just 30 minutes, while Joo Ven gave a better account of himself before going down fighting to Ashton 21-19, 17-21, 17-21 in an hour and 14 minutes.

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Status quo on doubles line-up for now (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2013
Written by Hits: 606

KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles coach Tan Kim Her will not make any changes to the men’s doubles line-up unless it is really necessary.

Kim Her made this commitment after the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) brought him back as a doubles coach on Thursday to replace Indonesian Paulus Firman, who tendered his resignation last month.

Former doubles head coach Kim Her has been serving as a BAM assessor for the last two months, a job which required him to assess all the national coaches and handle some administrative work. Tan Kim Her instructing BAM players earlier this year. He wants to concentrate on grooming the younger doubles players for the future.

He will now continue his work as an assessor while also serving as the doubles coach. Together with coach Pang Cheh Chang, Kim Her will take charge of 24 doubles shuttlers in the national team.

Before his departure, Paulus had worked with Cheh Chang to form six new pairs - Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang, Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han, Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi, Nelson Heg Wei Keat-Tan Wee Gieen, Low Juan Shen-Tai An Khang and Tan Yip Jiun-Yew Hong Khong.

The top two existing pairs are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong.

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Ying Ying beats top seed Jiayuan of Singapore

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Published: 15 November 2013
Written by Hits: 602

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a day that aspiring women’s singles shuttler Lee Ying Ying will cherish for a long time – she dumped top seed Chen Jiayuan of Singapore to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysia International Challenge in Kuching.

Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student Ying Ying, who flopped with a poor showing at her debut World Junior Championships in Bangkok last month, made a good account of herself on Thursday when she dug deep to beat the China-born Jiayuan 21-16, 20-22, 21-17 in a 52-minute second-round match.

On Friday, she will take on Pai Yu-po of Taiwan for a place in the semi-finals.

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Kim Her returns to coaching doubles pairs (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2013
Written by Hits: 682

KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Tan Kim Her has gone back to where he originally started – as a coach with the men’s doubles department.

After two months of serving as an assessor for the national team, Tan Kim Her will be back to coaching the men’s doubles. The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) decided yesterday that he was the right candidate to replace Paulus Firman ... for the time being.

Paulus quit BAM because of family problems. Paulus Firman talking to Tan Kim Her (right) in a January file photo. Kim Her is to have a dual role with BAM – as an assessor as well as a doubles coach.

Kim Her, who was head coach of the men’s doubles before he was appointed as an assessor under the new BAM management, will now work with Pang Cheh Chang to handle 24 pairs in the national team.

Yesterday, BAM’s Talent Management Group (TMG) acting director Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said that Kim Her will play a dual role – as an assessor and a doubles coach.

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Spoilers Kien Keat-Boon Heong bow out of China Open (pic)

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Published: 15 November 2013
Written by Hits: 712

KUALA LUMPUR: It should have been a glorious day for Malaysian badminton at the China Open in Shanghai but men’s doubles ace Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong spoilt it.

On Thursday, fifth seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong were given a rude shock in the second round after being dispatched 18-21, 18-21 by towering Russians Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov. Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were defeated 18-21, 18-21 by Russians Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov at the China Open. They were the only Malaysians to be knocked out of the second round.

The others – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng – battled their way into the quarter-finals by showing great determination and fighting spirit.

A day after dumping men’s doubles second seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark, the unseeded Thien How-Wee Kiong continued their gallant run by disposing of South Korea’s second best pair – Ko Sung-hyun-Shun Baek-cheol – 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 in one hour and two minutes.

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