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Too easy for Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 13 November 2008
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IT was another effortless win and it showed how much the national shuttlers are lagging behind Lee Chong Wei as he stormed into the semi-finals of the Johor Open at the Johor Baru City Stadium yesterday.

Back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng has been training with Chong Wei for more than a year but it hardly mattered as the latter picked up an easy 21-10, 21-5 win in 30 minutes in the quarter-finals. Wong Mew Choo beat Tiffany Chase Currier 21-11, 21-6 in the semi-finals of the Johor Open at the Johor Baru City Stadium yesterday.

Kuan Beng Hong reached the semi-finals after beating back-up player Lim Fang Yang of Pahang 21-17, 21-4 in just 20 minutes and will take on Chong Wei today.

Arif Latif also claimed a semi-final spot after beating Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin 21-16, 21-11 in 30 minutes.

Third seed Chong Wei Feng also advanced after beating fellow back-up player Liew Daren 21-15, 21-18 and will meet Arif in the last four.
Women's singles top seed Wong Mew Choo also faced little trouble as she cruised into the last four with a 21-11, 21-6 win and will next play back-up shuttler Ooi Swee Wenn.

Swee Wenn progressed to the next round when she beat Lee Joo Yiet of Johor 21-12, 21-12.

The other semi-final will be a closely fought affair as Julia Wong will meet Lydia Cheah in a clash of national shuttlers.

Julia earned her spot in the last four after beating Stephanie Shalini 21-18, 21-15 while Lydia defeated Lim Yee Theng of Penang 21-12, 21-5.
 
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Mi takes minutes to win first match in NZ Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 November 2008
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Defending champion and world No 2 Zhou Mi won through her first match at the US$50,000 KLRC New Zealand Badminton Open with expected ease yesterday and showed no effects of the flu she had been frustrated by over the past week.

Mi, 29, needs to win the title again to take back the top spot in the world and started with an 18 minute 21-5, 21-15 victory over Southland's Anna Rankin in the first round. In the second round she will play Malaysian Mudukasan Sutheaswari.

Also making short work of things was men's top seed Sariul Ayob (Malaysia) who accounted for Auckland's Brent Miller in straight games.

Ayob has set up a quarter-final clash with New Zealand's best, John Moody, who beat local Delius Tang.

Moody and Ayob have clashed three times with the Malaysian winning on each occasion.

The only upset in the second round men's singles was Kiwi eighth seed Ethan Haggo losing to Chinese-born Aucklander Hu He Maoni.

Meanwhile, men's third, fourth and fifth seeds Tsuen Seng Lee (Malaysia), Yu Hsin Hsieh (Taipei) and Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia) respectively all won through to the quarter-finals over Kiwi opponents in straight games.

 
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Misbun ready to bring up talented youngsters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 November 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Misbun Sidek is ready to pinch players from the lower level — either schools or state junior programmes — if he sees potential in them to excel.

And he hopes that he will get the blessings to do so from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Currently, the BAM only promote players to the national team after they have gone through the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and national back-up programmes.

Misbun said that he could not afford to wait any more, not when expectations are getting heavier on badminton to deliver at the Olympics on a regular basis.

Currently, he sees national No. 1 and Beijing Olympics silver medallist Lee Chong Wei as the only singles player with the potential to strike a medal again in the 2012 London Olympics.

 
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The Favourites Reign At Badminton Championship

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 November 2008
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JOHOR BAHARU, Nov 13 (Bernama) -- Familiar faces are poised to rule in the Proton Johor Open Badminton championship at the City Council Indoor stadium.

Leading the charge into the final tomorrow are the undisputed Malaysian No 1 men and women's singles players, respectively, Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo.

The men's doubles will also see a touch of similarity with the combination of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong up against the veteran pair of Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah in the final.

Only the absence of the top women's pair of Chin Ee Hui and Wong Pei Tty from the championship has brought about a slight change to the women's doubles final match-up.

So, there was little surprise when Chong Wei came through his semi-final match against 4th seed Kuan Beng Hong with a 21-16,21-13 victory in 30 minutes.

And his opponent in the final is Mohd Arif Latif who overcame the challenge of third seed Chong Wei Feng in three games in scores of 13-21,21-19,21-10.
 
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Top badminton seed to defend title (pic)

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Published: 11 November 2008
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It's not often a sportsperson in the top couple of rankings in the world plays in New Zealand, but the KLRC US$50,000 New Zealand Open badminton tournament starting with initial matches on Tuesday at the North Shore Event Centre can easily claim it has one of the best.

Hong Kong's Zhou Mi entered this week's Grand Prix event at No3 in the world but then moved up to the top spot in the world rankings before just a few days ago being overtaken by Denmark's Tine Rasmussen who has a lead of three points (69483) ahead of Mi on 69480.

Defending title

If Zhou Mi, 29 is able to defending her title in Auckland she will retake the top world ranking, something she says might be a little difficult as she is trying to get over a dos of the flu.

"This competition is very important and it is important to be No1. It is a major event," she said through an interpreter "I'm not scared of not being able to get the ranking back. I'm confident I can win, but have to recover from the flu."

Zhou Mi recently winning the Macau Open Gold Grand Prix, the China Masters Super-Series, the Indian Gold Grand Prix and the Korea Super-Series. This was all after she was not selected by China which led to a dispute and her retirement in 2005 and her return to the sport and her change of nationality last year.

Zhou Mi will play her first round singles match at 5.20pm on Wednesday against Southland's Anna Rankin.

 
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