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All-England cheer could just ease Rexy’s pain

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky has been on medication for chest pains over the last week.

But his health problem was the least of his worries as he left with the team yesterday for Birmingham, where they are on a mission to win honours at the All-England, which will begin on Wednesday.

In fact, Rexy is optimistic of a good outing for the Malaysian doubles this year.

“Yes, I may look tired and worn out. But this is not due to the stress ahead of the All-England,” said Rexy after a final workout at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday morning.


Gamble pays off as Hui Lin gets a shot at world championships (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles shuttler Ng Hui Lin almost gave up badminton for studies after her maiden trip to the All-England and Swiss Open last year.

Fortunately, she decided to give badminton another shot after giving it a lot of thought.

And, since then, she has enjoyed a rather joyful ride.Right match: Ng Hui Lin (left) with her mixed doubles partner Koo Kien Kiat

The bubbly 20-year-old found her niche in the mixed doubles after being paired with the flamboyant Koo Kien Keat. And, in just six months, they have emerged as the country’s top ranked pair.


Kien Keat-Boon Heong told to focus (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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THE withdrawal of Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan from the All England, beginning in Birmingham on Tuesday, has further increased Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong's chances of reclaiming the title.

Internal problems in the Indonesia BA (PBSI) have forced Markis-Hendra out but national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky, while admitting that it has become easier for the Malaysians to secure the title, has asked Kien Keat-Boon Heong to remain focused in every match.

All Rexy wants to see from Kien Keat-Boon Heong is they maintaining the form they have shown in training over the last few weeks as this should help them win the title which they captured for the first time in 2007.
Koo Kien Keat (left) and Tan Boon Heong now have one tough opponent less to handle in their bid to win the All England title for a second time.

"Markis-Hendra's absence means Kien Keat-Boon Heong have one tough opponent less to handle in Birmingham. However, they were only supposed to play the Indonesian pair in the final and this means there is still plenty of work to do," said Rexy before leaving for Birmingham yesterday.

"Kien Keat-Boon Heong have shown excellent commitment in training and my wish is to see them perform the same way in the All England. If they can achieve that, they have a realistic chance of winning.
"In terms of preparation, I'm quite pleased with the players this year and we can look forward to a fine outing in Birmingham.

"I also hope that Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari are motivated to regain their form while (Wong) Pei Tty-(Chin) Eei Hui should be boosted by their elevation to World No 1 rather than taking it as additional pressure."

Mak-Tan show fizzles out in Germany (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The hopes of youngsters Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong for a major breakthrough in the German Open came unstuck in the quarter-finals at Mulheim yesterday.

The back-up men doubles shuttlers, who are touted as the future top men’s pair in the country, were on the verge of scalping their second consecutive big win in the tournament but a lack of experience saw them going down 16-21, 21-11, 19-21 to second seeds Chris Adcock-Robert Blair of England in the quarter-finals.

Just a day ago, the duo had beaten eighth seeds Michael Fuchs-Ingo Kindervater of Germany 21-14, 21-13 to seal a place in the last eight.

With Hee Chun-Wee Kiong’s defeats, the hope rests on the shoulders of former internationals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen as the sole representatives to achieve glory in the men’s doubles event.Beaten: Wong Choong Hann failed to make the last four after China's Chen Long got the better of him.


German Open Finals – Four Titles for China, One for Korea

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 March 2009
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Wang Yihan was the only Chinese player who created an upset on finals day at he 2009 Yonex German Open, beating her top-seeded compatriot, Zhu Lin.  Zhao Yunlei claimed two titles while Japan's new duo will go home empty-handed after losing to Korean heroes Lee and Shin.

It all started with the women’s doubles final between two Chinese, Cheng Shu / Zhao Yunlei  and Pan Pan / Tian Qing. In the first set, Cheng/Zhao dominated the rallies with their attacks. Rallies lasted long as both relied on impressive defense, but in the end Cheng/Zhao  failed to give ‘finishing touch’ and let Pan and Tian take the first one 21-18.

The tables were turned in the second game. Cheng/Zhao played more aggressively with their placing and beautiful net winners. Leading 11-7 in the interval, Cheng/Zhao forced the decider 21-13 before claiming their first title 21-16 in the final game.

The next match was to field some other outstanding Chinese ladies: Zhu Lin and Wang Yihan . Both players seem to have equal skills in attacking and placing. But Zhu has more experience and she showed it by taking a first set lead 14-5 and 19-10. But then suddenly Yihan found her magic to collect 7 consecutive points from 13-20 to 20-all. Zhu set her mind straight and won 22-20.




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