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Too late to split up Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 09 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang have only worked together for the past 10 days, but they both agree that it is already too late to split the partnership of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, ranked fifth in the world, have been performing poorly over the past two years and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have gave them yet another ultimatum – deliver at the back-to-back Denmark and French Opens which are on from Oct 15-20 and Oct 22-27 respectively, or face separation.Men's doubles coach Paulus Firman briefing (from left) Tan Wee Kiong, Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat in January this year. Paulus and coach Pang Cheh Chang say it's best to keep Kien Keat-Boon Heong on to help the younger players surpass them.

Paulus and Cheh Chang however beg to differ and believe that it is better to keep the duo together while focusing on training the younger pairs to surpass them.

“Realistically speaking, if Kien Keat-Boon Heong were to be split, it should have been done much earlier,” admitted Cheh Chang.

“A country still needs at least one top pair and there is no guarantee that if we split them now the new partnerships will reach the level of Kien Keat-Boon Heong.

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Too early to compare Jin Wei to Ratchanok (pic)

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Published: 09 October 2013
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GEORGE TOWN: It is premature to compare teen badminton prodigy Goh Jin Wei to the reigning world champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand, said her coaches on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old Jin Wei, the youngest player to win a Division Two title in the local circuit, drew comparisons with the Thai youngster after being selected to represent Malaysia at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.Goh Jin Wei needs to be nurtured and not stressed with a lot of expectations. Penang team manager Tony Tan says she needs to be treated with kid gloves.

The 18-year-old Ratchanok, who became the youngest world women’s singles champion this year, won the first of her three World Junior titles in 2009 when she was just 14.

While the Penang-based Jin Wei will be in unchartered waters when she features in the Under-19 tournament in Bangkok later this month, Ratchanok already had a women’s singles senior tournament victory under her belt before winning her maiden World Junior crown in Alor Setar in 2009.

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More rest is good: Wei Feng (pic)

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Published: 09 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: KL Open winner Chong Wei Feng believes that not playing in any tournaments since the World Championships in August is actually a blessing in disguise as he prepares for the Denmark and French Opens which start next week.

Except for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying who competed in the Japan Open last month, most of the other Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) based players did not receive clearance to compete in tournaments.

The KL Open was the first tournament in a while for many of them and world No. 17 Wei Feng believes that it will help him perform better at the back-to-back Danish and French meets.Chong Wei Feng meets World Championships semi-finalist Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the first round of the Denmark Open while he is up against Japan’s Sho Sasaki in the first round in Paris.

In particular, Wei Feng pointed out that the China players were all suffering from fatigue due to the tight schedules and the extra matches at the China League that they were involved in.

World No. 2 Chen Long was clearly a victim of too many matches as he went out in a shock defeat to unknown local player Kazuteru Kozai in the first round of the Japan Open.

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Jwala Gutta moves court against Badminton Association of India's life ban threat (pic)

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Published: 09 October 2013
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The BAI had ruled out considering Jwala for selection in any international event in the next one month, pending a decision by the three-member committee that was formed on Monday by President Akhilesh Das Gupta.

Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court against the Badminton Association of India (BAI) after its disciplinary committee recommended a life ban on her for an alleged code of conduct breach in the Indian Badminton League.Jwala Gutta filed a petition against the Badminton Association of India in Delhi High Court challenging the life ban recommended on her by a disciplinary panel of the BAI. The High Court will hear the case on October 10. The federation has asked an unconditional apology from Gutta for her alleged role in asking players from her franchisee Delhi Smashers not to play a match against Banga Beats in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League.

"We decided to go ahead with legal action in the case and accordingly filed a petition in the Delhi High Court today," Jwala's father Kranti Gutta told PTI.

The BAI had ruled out considering Jwala for selection in any international event in the next one month, pending a decision by the three-member committee that was formed on Monday by President Akhilesh Das Gupta.

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Daren faces tough draw at French Open (pic)

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Published: 08 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: It will be almost impossible for world No. 16 Liew Daren to defend his French Open title after being handed an incredibly tough draw for the badminton tournament, which will be held in Paris from Oct 22-27.

Daren enjoyed an amazing run last year, beating higher ranked players like Japan’s Sho Sasaki, Hong Kong’s Hu Yun and Danish duo Jan O Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen en route to winning his maiden career title.

But the 26-year-old’s form has dipped since and just last week was dumped in the quarter-finals of the KL Open by back-up shuttler Tan Kian Meng.If all goes well, Liew Daren will make it to the French Open quarter-finals where he will face Lee Chong Wei.

It doesn’t look like things will get any better for Daren as he has been drawn in the same half as world No. 1 and compatriot Lee Chong Wei.

In fact the KL-born shuttler who faces India’s P. Kashyap in the first round of the Denmark Open from Oct 15-20, will start off against sixth seed and world No. 8 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in Paris.

Daren has beaten Boonsak in both their previous meetings and, should he get past the Thai for a third time, will probably face Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki in the second round.

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