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Lack of good sparring partners means Lee must keep on competing (pic)

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Published: 25 February 2009
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PETALING JAYA: With a packed badminton calendar, China’s top shuttlers are expected to pick and choose the tournaments to feature in this year.

But Malaysian singles coach Misbun Sidek said that world number one Lee Chong Wei does not have this luxury simply because there is now no sparring partners in the national squad good enough to match his level of play.

Misbun said that Chong We has no choice but to stick to a hectic schedule to at least maintain his standard of play. Chong Wei played in eight of the 12 Super Series tournaments last year and also featured in the Macau Open, which is a Grand Prix Gold event on the world circuit.Punishing pace: Lee Chong Wei played in 14 international tournaments including the Olympic Games last year.

 

Pei Tty-Eei Hui must scale Great Wall for title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2009
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WO M E N ’S doubles Wong Pei Tty Chin Eei Hui will face serious threats from China’s leading pairs in their bid to capture the All England title but national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky views it as an ideal situation to cement their reputation as a world class pair.

Pei Tty-Eei Hui, theWorld No 2, are expected to meet China’s No 4 Pan Pan-Tian Qing in the second round, followed by Zhao Tingting- Zhang Yawen in the quarter-finals and Olympic champions Du Jing-Yu Yang, the World No 6, in the semis.

This is the toughest draw any pair could have asked for but Rexy said it is better to overcome such tough matches early and, if the Malaysians survive, it would raise their self-belief and more success will follow.

Pei Tty, 28, and Eei Hui, 27, have beaten all three pairs before but Du Jing-Yu Yang have a 4-1 record and the odds will be against the Malaysians in Birmingham on March 3-8.

“It is a good test for Pei Tty-Eei Hui as they must beat three China pairs to reach the final.

“This is unavoidable as they will have to beat these pairs if they want to become champions,” said Rexy.

“At their age, Pei Tty-Eei Hui cannot improve on their skills that much and all they need to do is maintain their physical condition and avoid injuries.

 

All roads for Chong Wei lead to Lin Dan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei, who avoided China's top shuttlers in the All England, will face almost similar opposition for a second week running in the Swiss Open, while Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have a tricky path in Basel on March 10-15.

Chong Wei has Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand and Dane Peter Gade Christensen as obstacles in his path to the final of the All England which begins in Birmingham on Tuesday, and will have those familiar names in his way again in Basel.

But there is an additional threat in the shape of Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia, whom the top seed will meet in the quarter-finals, instead of Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who he is expected to meet at the same stage in Birmingham.

Chong Wei begins his campaign in Basel against Japan's Kenichi Tago before a showdown against Boonsak. Victory would pit him against Taufik before a semi-final clash with Christensen.

Should Chong Wei clear all the obstacles, second seed Lin Dan of China is likely to be his opponent in the final.
KLRC Berhad's Lee Tsuen Seng and Sairul Amar Ayub, and former national player Wong Choong Hann are the other Malaysians who will see action in the Swiss Open.

Tsuen Seng opens accounts against Chan Yan Kit of Hong Kong and is likely to meet Christensen in the second round while Sairul has the misfortune of meeting Christensen in the first round.
 

Excess weight hampering Zakry-Fairuz's preparation

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Published: 25 February 2009
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OLYMPIC champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan could skip the March 3-8 All England Championships but Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari, who have been drawn to meet the Indonesians in the semi-finals, are not too excited about the news.

Reason being, the Malaysians, after a lengthy absence from the international arena, are racing against time to lose weight. Zakry and Fairuz each need to lose 1.5kg before they board the flight to Birmingham.

The World No 6 pair have been absent since the Super Series Masters last December due to Zakry's knee injury, and Fairuz said he and his partner are on a diet plan.

"We have been training hard and our on-court understanding is excellent. We gained weight because of the long absence but it is not a problem," said Fairuz in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

"My weight is 72kg and it's above my ideal weight. It is the same for Zakry. It's important to lose our excess baggage in order to excel in the All England.
"We are on a special diet of less carbohydrates and should return to our ideal weight by next week."

Fairuz also said he and Zakry will need to be at their best to make an impact in the All England.

"We will have a strong chance of making the final if Markis-Hendra decide to skip the event. Our draw is reasonably good until the semi-finals so we should get there." Fairuz added.
 

Fairuz out to double effort (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Fairu­zizuan Mohd Tazari will feature in the mixed doubles again with Wong Pei Tty after a lapse of two years but it is in the men’s doubles with Mohd Zakry Latif that he will be gunning for glory in the All-England in Birmingham next week.

In the mixed doubles, Fairuzi­zuan-Pei Tty will have to earn their place in the main draw from the qualifying tournament.

Fairuzizuan teamed up with Pei Tty to win the bronze medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Their last tournament was the Asian Badminton Championships in 2007.

He has to put in extra effort on court and in physical training to sustain a high level of fitness to play dual roles but he is not complaining.Flashback: Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Wong Pei Tty in action at the Singapore Open in this 2007 file picture. The duo will be teaming up again for the All-England next week.

“The South Koreans play the mixed doubles as well and it keeps them sharp,” said Fairuzizuan.

“The men’s doubles is still my priority but I have been training regularly in the mixed doubles as well. The draw for the All-England mixed doubles is relatively quite okay. We can get into the main draw and there is a chance for us to reach the quarter-finals.”

Making the tournament proper will give them a first-round match against another qualifying pair and they have Thailand’s Sudket Pra­pakamol-Saralee Thoung­thong­­­­kam next in the path.

 

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