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Tan Fook and Jiewen’s big day

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Published: 22 January 2010
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THE Malaysian Open will always have a special spot in the heart of veteran doubles shuttler Choong Tan Fook.

He fell in love with China’s formidable doubles player Zhang Jiewen at the 2004 event. And today, they will officially register their marriage in Kuala Lumpur.Lovebirds: Tan Fook and Jiewen will wed today.

“It will be special day. Finally, I am making it official. We will certainly remember the Malaysian Open forever,” he said.

Tan Fook-Wan Wah lost in the opening round of the ongoing Malaysian Open to Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong on Wednesday.

 
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Tearful Mew Choo rues errors in early exit (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2010
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NATIONAL women’s singles shuttler Wong Mew Choo was in tears after her second round defeat in the Malaysian Open yesterday but top women’s doubles pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty stayed on track in their bid to reach their first semi-finals at home.Sad exit: Mew Choo reacting to the loss to Ji-hyun.

Mew Choo, beaten 21-12, 18-21, 17-21 by South Korean rising star Sung Ji-hyun in 62 minutes, blamed herself for the setback.

“I am disappointed. I lost because I did not play my best today. I made so many unforced errors,” said a tearful Mew Choo.

 
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O! What an amazing feeling for Jorgensen (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2010
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AS a junior shuttler, Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen used to watch in awe the captivating moves of Indonesian Taufik Hidayat on the court.

So, how did it feel to actually beat his idol for the first time – in the first round of the Malaysian Open – on Wednesday?Jorgensen: "It was quite fun to beat him (Taufik) here.'

“It was an amazing feeling,” said the 22-year-old Dane, who won 7-21, 21-19, 21-17.

The win has given him a huge dose of confidence as he seeks to reach greater heights this year.

Taufik is just one of the many big names to have fallen to Jorgensen over the last year. His other big scalps included that of his more illustrious compatriot Peter-Gade Christensen, China’s Chen Jin and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

 
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Misfiring singles safe until Thomas Cup

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2010
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NATIONAL singles chief coach Rashid Sidek admits that Malaysia face an uphill task in the Thomas Cup as the national men's badminton team glaringly lack depth.

However, Rashid is not willing to call time on the misfiring Hafiz Hashim, Kuan Beng Hong and the back-up shuttlers as there is simply nobody to replace them.


While Rashid agreed that Hafiz, 28, and Beng Hong, 27, are past their prime, they are needed for the short term target -- the Thomas Cup Finals at Putra Stadium on May 9-16 -- and a review will only be done on them after that.


As for back-up shuttlers Chong Wei Feng, Tan Chun Seang, Liew Daren, Arif Latif -- who are all under Hendrawan -- and Chan Kwong Beng, who is trained by Misbun Sidek, Rashid said a higher degree of commitment in training and faith in their respective coaches are crucial in the next four months in order to perform in the Thomas Cup.

 
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Saina loses to Wang

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Published: 22 January 2010
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Xin Wang was ruthless in dismissing Saina Nehwal 14-21 21-8 21-11, ending the world No 7’s campaign at the Malaysia Super Series in the quarter-finals at the Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

 

Such was the Chinese world No 10’s ferocity that a three-game match was wrapped up in 39 minutes despite Nehwal having taken the opening game comfortably. The Indian hardly seemed like she could wrest away the lead in the remaining two games.

 

Playing the Chinese at the same venue after almost half a year, Nehwal would have hoped for a better result than her 26-minute drubbing from their last meeting. The Hyderabad player started well, breaking away at 4-4 with three straight points in the first game and holding on with her drops and tosses and clears. Nehwal, though, struggled to come back from the early hefty leads taken by the 24-year-old Chinese in both the second and the third game and trailed throughout, with little to offer at the net or her big smash as Xin completed her second victory over the Indian with trademark hustle.

 
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