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SUDIRMAN CUP: Yongbo has Rexy all riled-up

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Published: 21 May 2013
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A WAR of words has erupted between China coach Li Yongbo and Indonesian team manager Rexy Mainaky ahead of today's crucial Sudirman Cup Group A tie.

Yongbo was quoted in the China media as saying that his experienced team would easily beat Indonesia 5-0 to top the group.

"We whitewashed India 5-0 in our first tie ...I want the same result against Indonesia. It will be nice to go on a 10-0 record ahead of the quarter-finals. It will raise my team's confidence," said Yongbo.

Upset with Yongbo's undermining comment, Rexy said his team are also capable of winning 5-0.

"We are not here to make the numbers. The morale of my team is high after today's (yesterday) 4-1 win over India. We are safely through the quarter-finals but of course, we want to do one better by topping the group," said Rexy at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

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Razif: Indiscipline the cause of senior players’ poor performances (pic)

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Published: 21 May 2013
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FORMER international Razif Sidek believes that there is more than meets the eye following the country’s top men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s recent fall from grace.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong lost to scratch combination Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin which led to Malaysia’s 2-3 loss to lower ranked Taiwan in the opening Group C tie of the Sudirman Cup on Sunday.Shameful: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong react after losing to Taiwan’s Lee Sheng mu-Tsai Chia-hsin on Sunday.

They played without any sense of direction on court and Boon Heong even confessed to his coach that he lost concentration – half way through the match – but no reasons were given for his loss of focus.

Razif said that he believed the senior players’ indisciplined lifestyles over the years had snowballed into problems and were affecting their performances on court.

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Cool V Shem believes he will be too hot for rivals to handle

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Published: 21 May 2013
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DOUBLES shuttler Goh V Shem is one cool dude with big ambition.

And today, if he gets the chance to play with Lim Khim Wah in Malaysia’s crucial Group C tie against Germany, one can rest assured that he will fight with all his might.

Malaysia will have to beat Germany today to ensure a ticket for the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Only the top two teams in each group make the cut for the top eight and Malaysia are in a cliff-hanger situation after their shock 2-3 defeat to Taiwan on Sunday.

The biggest letdown in Malaysia’s defeat to Germany were top doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

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Rexy to lead Indonesia in resurgence

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Published: 20 May 2013
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WITH a total revamp of their national coaching staff, former badminton power Indonesia hope to bring back their glory years.

Ex-internationals, led by Rexy Mainaky, will feature in the new scheme with the goal of winning Olympics gold again in 2016.

Rexy, with the designation of director of performance, is also their head coach. He has brought together former internationals who once dominated major events in the 1990s.

Rexi is helped by his former Olympic gold medal winning partner Ricky Subagja, former Olympic champion Susi Susanti, a consultant with the Indonesia BA (PBSI) and former head coach Christian Hadinata.

Joko Suprianto has returned as the men's singles coach while Liang Qiuxia, who has produced several world class shuttlers, including Susi and Sarwendah, is back to helm the women's singles.

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'Chong Wei is my idol'

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Published: 20 May 2013
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CHEN Long, touted as China's future world champion, ironically looks up to World No 1 Lee Chong Wei as motivator.

The 24-year-old admitted yesterday he is grateful to Chong Wei for his success, despite having beaten the Malaysian several times.

Chong Wei's winning attitude has been long-admired by Chen Long before the latter became an established shuttler in China.

"I admire Chong Wei's attitude on court. He does not fear his opponents. I adopted his philosophy and have become more confident on court," said Chen Long, the World No 2, at Putra Stadium yesterday.

"As a player, I still have a lot to learn from others. Chong Wei is mentally strong and this is the one thing I must do to become a good shuttler."

Chen Long is making his second appearance in the Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur following his debut two years ago in Qingdao, where hosts China won their eighth title. But he was only a reserve then and did not play a match.

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