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Mew Choo stays in the title hunt (pic)

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Published: 27 June 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei, inspired by the presence of his coach Misbun Sidek, and veteran Wong Choong Hann powered their way into the semi-finals but it was the end of the road for back-up player Tan Chun Seang in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix at the Johor City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday.Wong Mew Choo beat Singapore’s Xing Aiying 21-15, 21-17 in the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix at the Johor City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday.
Wong Mew Choo, after disastrous performances in the Singapore and Indonesia Opens, also kept the Malaysian flag flying in the women's singles.

Chong Wei, gunning for back-to-back titles after winning the Indonesia Open last week, defeated Japan's Kenichi Tago 21-9, 21-15 in 22 minutes.

It was by far Chong Wei's most meaningful performance in front of his coach Misbun, who was seated court side for the first time in two months.

"My coach is back. I'm very happy and inspired by his presence. I missed him so much but now that he is back, I can concentrate on preparing for the World Championships," said Chong Wei.

 

Hee Chun-Wee Kiong shock Zakry-Fairuz (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2009
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MAK Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong stormed into the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix men's doubles semi-finals when they turned the tables on training mates and World No 8 Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari at the Johor Baru City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday.

World No 1 Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui also stayed on course for their second straight title, after the Indonesia Open, in the women's doubles.



Hee Chun-Wee Kiong, a national back-up pair, defeated Zakry-Fairuzizuan 20-22, 23-21, 21-11 in 48 minutes and they were joined by World No 4 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and former national pair Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen.



It is Hee Chun-Wee Kiong's first major semi-final since they were paired together by doubles coach Rexy Mainaky in January. They will be hoping to do one better when they face Teik Chai-Bin Shen, who beat Razif Latif-Chan Peng Soon 21-14, 21-14, today.



"We have exceeded our target which was the quarter-final. We used our speed to gain advantage and controlled the rhythm of the game against Zakry-Fairuzizuan. We have not played Teik Chai-Bin Shen before," said Hee Chun.


Kien Keat-Boon Heong were given a tough time by China's Sun Junjie-Tao Jiaming before winning 23-25, 21-8, 21-15 and will face Indonesia's fifth seeds Alvent Yulianto Chandra-Hendra Aprida Gunawan, who overcame Japan's Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata 21-19, 21-13, in the other semi-final.



In the women's doubles, Pei Tty-Eei Hui were sluggish in the opening game but stormed back for a 13-21, 21-15, 21-16 win over Japan's Rie Eto-Yu Wakita.



Pei Tty said she and Eei Hui were bewildered with the awkward game style of their opponents in the opening game.Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong advance to the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix semi-finals yesterday.



"They played like singles players and we could not follow their style. We changed our strategy from the second game onwards to ensure a win." said Pei Tty.



The Malaysian pair face Singapore's Frances Liu-Vanessa Neo, who overcame local duo Nairul Suhada Latif-Amelia Alicia Anscelly 21-17, 12-21, 21-19, in today's semi-final.



"We are tired as this is our third straight tournament but we will try our best to get the better of the Singaporeans. We have not met them before," added Pei Tty.



China's Gao Ling-Wei Yili, who hammered Thailand's Savitree Amitrapai-Vacharaporn Munkit 21-9 21-4, meet teammates Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli, who thrashed Indonesia's Vita Marissa-Nadya Melati 21-11, 21-12, in the other semi-final.



Malaysia's campaign in the mixed doubles ended when Ong Jian Guo-Chong Sook Chin, a national elite back-up pair, were shown the exit by China's Zheng Bo-Ma Jin. The Malaysians lost 21-19, 21-7.

 
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Chinese youngster denies Chun Seang place in semis (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2009
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Chen Long the spoiler

BACK-UP shuttler Tan Chun Seang stayed longest on the court but still there was no triple joy for Malaysia in the men’s singles event of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold championships at Bandaraya Stadium yesterday.

The 23-year-old failed to join seasoned campaigners Lee Chong Wei and Wong Choong Hann in the semi-finals after going down fighting 14-21, 21-12, 16-21 to world junior champion Chen Long of China in a 58-minute quarter-final battle.China's Chen Long celebrating his win over Malaysia's Tan Chun Seang in the men singles quater-finals match at the Malaysia Open GP Gold in Johor Bharu, on Friday. Chen won 21-14 12-21 21-16.

World No. 1 Chong Wei continued his fiery form to defeat Kenichi Tago of Japan 21-9, 21-15 in 30 minutes to set up a meeting with Hong Kong’s Hu Yun today.

Choong Hann stayed on top of his game against China’s back-up shuttler Gao Huan for a 21-15, 21-10 win but he will surely have it tougher against Chen Long today.

The day, however, almost belonged to Chun Seang, who stepped onto the court bent on making a breakthrough yesterday.

“I was motivated to do well - especially after Chong Wei had challenged me to prove myself. I gave everything I had out there today,” said a dejected Chun Seang.

 

France’s China-born Hongyan proves she is still hot property at 30 (pic)

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Published: 27 June 2009
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WOMEN’S singles shuttler Pi Hongyan of France is not getting any younger but a one-year contract with Malaysian-based professional badminton club KL Rackets (KLRC) clearly shows that she is still a hot property.Veteran’s touch: France’s Pi Hongyan returning a shot to Germany’s Juliane Schenk during their women’s singles quarterfinal on Friday.

In fact, the 30-year-old China-born player is not even thinking of giving up the sport that demands a lot from a player.

“I have won several Open titles but I intend to keep on going bec ause I want to win at least a medal in major tournaments like the World Championships,” said Hongyan.

 

BWF needs a rethink on annual world meet

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Published: 27 June 2009
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WHEN former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat first raised the issue in 2007, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) laughed it off and thanked the Indonesian for his views.

Taufik was not amused and early this week, he expressed the same views again -- that the World Championships have become boring and too taxing, and he was not enthusiastic about playing in next month's meet in Hyderabad.


Taufik certainly has a point.


The world championships shouldn't be held every year. Sure, the BWF can claim that commercial interest and participation in the sport has increased when the world meet is held annually -- bar Olympic year -- since 2006.


However, the sport could suffer in the long run with the danger of fans losing interest in the world championships in the near future.

I thank the BWF for its good intentions but it should look into the bigger picture.


The World Championships should have their own unique identity, and organising it every year puts the prestigious tournament at risk of becoming a common event and leading to fans losing interest and sponsors staying away.

 

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