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Giant-killer Liew's turn to fall (pic)

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Published: 29 May 2009
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LEE Chong Wei cruised into the semi-finals of the Pahang Open but Liew Daren, conqueror of Hafiz Hashim, was sent packing by national back-up player Chan Kwong Beng in Kuantan yesterday.

Chong Wei, the overwhelming favourite, secured a comfortable 21-9, 21-14 win over national teammate Tan Chun Seang in just 25 minutes to secure his semi-final berth.Lee Chong Wei cruised into the Pahang Open semi-finals after beating Tan Chun Seang 21-9, 21-14 yesterday.


He will next meet third seed Kuan Beng Hong, who beat elite back-up player Arif Latif 21-15, 14-21, 21-17 in 40 minutes.


The unpredictable form of Liew Daren continued as he lost 21-16, 21-17 to Kwong Beng just a day after a fine win over Hafiz.


Kwong Beng will meet veteran Roslin Hashim, who overcame back-up player Syed Akbar Syed Mustakim 21-11, 21-19, in the last four today.


In the women's singles, second seed Lydia Cheah advanced to the semi-finals after beating Ooi Swee Wenn 21-14, 21-14 and will next play national junior Tee Jing Yi.


 
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Lydia makes the cut for Hyderabad (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 May 2009
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MALAYSIA is looking at sending its largest squad to the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16 as women's singles Lydia Cheah and several other doubles combinations have made the cut at the second phase of selection which was confirmed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday. Also through are Chan Chong Ming (back) and Chew Choon Eng.

Lydia's name was included by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) as a replacement for Julia Wong who suffered a knee injury during the Sudirman Cup two weeks ago and the request was accepted by BWF.

Former national pair Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng are the fourth men's doubles combination, after Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari and Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah, to qualify for the World Championships at the second phase of selection.

 
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Daren overcomes dubious line call to upset Hafiz (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 May 2009
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KUANTAN: Even a dubious line call did not dampen the spirit of back-up shuttler Liew Daren to score a big upset in the Pahang Open men’s singles competition here yesterday.Daren disputing a decision by the line judge at the Pahang Open yesterday

Daren put up a gallant fight at the Pahang Sports Complex Indoor Stadium to beat second seed Mohd Hafiz Hashim 17-21, 21-14, 21-19 in 52 minutes to march into the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event. It was Daren’s first win over the former All-England champion.

 

Badminton coach Rexy's wife injured by snatch thief

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Published: 27 May 2009
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National badminton head coach Rexy Mainaky's wife suffered injuries when dragged by two snatch thieves in Ampang, last night.

Cheras police chief ACP Ahmad Amir Mohd Hashim said during the 11pm incident, Rexy and his wife Henny were walking to their car from a restaurant at Ampang City here when two assailants on a motorcycle tried to grab her hand beg.



He told Bernama that Rexy's wife was injured when she tussled with her assailant who tried to snatch her hand beg, causing her to be dragged and suffered minor injuries to her left arm.



Rexy, who displayed tremendous fighting spirit during his heydays as a doubles player, however, refused to be beaten by the assailants and jumped into his car and chased the suspects before knocking the motorcycle, causing the pillion rider to fall off.



Ahmad Amir said passers-by who saw the incident quickly apprehended the fallen suspect while his accomplice who was riding the motorcycle, fled the scene.


He added that the 33-year-old, suspect had six previous records for molest, drugs and Restricted Residence Act offences.



"He will be remanded for four days to facilitate investigation," said Ahmad Amir, adding that police were looking for his accomplice, aged 40.



Meanwhile, Henny received treatment at the Gleneagles Ampang.

 
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Chong Wei a match for Lin Dan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 May 2009
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THE fierce rivalry between World No 1 Lee Chong Wei and Olympic champion Lin Dan of China has been so intense that it is hard to see anyone else than the duo dominating the men's singles badminton scene for several more years.

Chong Wei, who used to lag behind Lin Dan a couple of years ago, has remarkably bridged the gap of late.


And the Malaysian even compared their rivalry to that of tennis aces Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer if Switzerland and this has actually boosted Chong Wei's hunger for success.


The fact that Lin Dan has lost some of his explosive performance since winning the Beijing Olympics has helped Chong Wei move up a notch especially in the confident manner he counters his great China rival.

 
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