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Adios Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 18 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s curtains down for Malaysia’s top pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

On Saturday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) council decided to stop the under-performing duo, who have been together for seven years, from going for any more tournaments.

A decision will be made later to either split or drop them from the national set-up.Happier times: The pairing of Koo Kean Keat-Tan Boon Heong, seen here at the 2010 Thomas Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur, will finally come to an end when the Badminton Association of Malaysia decide to either split or drop them from the national team after seven years due to poor form in the past few years.

BAM are disappointed with the world No. 6 ranked Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s performances in the ongoing Maybank Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium.

On Wednesday, the 2010 Malaysian Open winners crashed out in the opening round to China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei – extending their agonising four-year Super Series title drought.

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Could Morten Frost be returning to Malaysia? (pic)

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Published: 18 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: When Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin took the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) leadership to task two days ago, many thought it would spark major changes in the national body.

There were changes, but nothing drastic or radical.

Probably, the one good talking point that came out of the two-hour council meeting on Saturday was a decision to appoint an expert to handle the coaching and training committee, which will now be known as the Capabilities, Skills and Research (CSR) committee. Ex-national coaching director Morten Frost of Denmark (right), seen here giving pointers to compatriot and ex-Danish No.1 women's singles player Tine Baum during the 2011 Malaysian Open, could be one of the candidates to helm the Badminton Association of Malaysia's new Capabilities, Skills and Research (CSR) committee.

The role of this expert could be similar to that of national coaching director and one name that keeps popping up as a possible candidate is that of Denmark’s Morten Frost.

The other decision taken was to relieve BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff of his additional roles.

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Japanese pair gets a kick beating the Chinese (pic)

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Published: 17 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Top Japanese women’s pair Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi have a poor record against opponents from China.

They are also one of the few top pairs in the world who have yet to bag a Super Series title.

The pair, who reached a career high No. 2 in the world last year before slipping down to fourth, however believe that has kept them hungry and motivated at the highest level.Top Japanese pair Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi are in the final of the Malaysian Open after defeating compatriots Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda in the semis at Putra Stadium on Saturday.

And Matsutomo-Takahashi have certainly shown that in the Maybank Malaysian Open here.

On Friday, they scored a rare win over Olympic champions Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei of China in the quarter-finals.

Then on Saturday, they outlasted compatriots Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda in 86 minutes to reach the Malaysian Open final for the second straight year.

“We’re obviously very tired ... but we just keep pushing ourselves to do better,” said Matsutomo.

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Tommy dreams of winning title in front of dad (pic)

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Published: 17 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: The thought of playing in front of your parents can be emotional and nerve-racking for any athlete, more so if your dad is a former world champion.

No wonder Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, son of 1983 men’s singles world champion Icuk Sugiarto, seldom plays competitively in front of his father.Tommy Sugiarto on his way to defeating India‚Äôs K. Srikanth 21-10, 21-15 on Jan 17, 2014. He will meet Japan's Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Icuk, who was also a member of the 1984 Thomas Cup winning team, was rated among the world’s best when he dominated the badminton scene in the 1980’s.

“In my family, my father has the biggest influence on my games. But seeing him before my game makes me nervous ... I don’t know why. That’s why he hardly turns up for my matches,” said Tommy.

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Chen exit clears path for Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 17 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: World number one Lee Chong Wei's march to the Malaysia Open title appeared unstoppable after Chinese archrival Chen Long crashed out in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Malaysia's Lee, who had no trouble brushing past Chen's eighth-seeded compatriot Du Pengyu 21-9, 21-15, said he is feeling confident after his quick 34-minute win.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei returns a shot against China's Pengyu Du during their men's single quarter-final match at the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014.

Asked about world number two Chen, who defeated him at the Korea Open last week, Lee just smiled and said: "I always try my best to win every tournament I enter.

"It is no different here, but as I always say, I will take it one match at a time and now I have to focus on my semifinal opponent."

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