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Fans rooting for all-Malaysian semis (pic)

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Published: 09 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The home fans will be rooting for an all-Malaysian men’s singles semi-final between Lee Chong Wei and Liew Daren.

But Chong Wei is more fancied to advance than Daren in quarter-final matches against Indonesian Simon Santoso and Dane Peter Gade-Christensen respectively at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Yesterday, Chong Wei defeated Vietnamese Nguyen Tien Minh 21-9, 18-21, 21-7 in a second-round match that saw the world number one struggling to adapt to the draught in the stadium in the second game. And Daren continued a fairy tale run in his home Open, blowing away a toothless Hsueh Hsuan-yi of Taiwan 21-14, 21-12.

Although Choong Wei had to slog for the win over Tien Minh, the top seed and defending champion felt that he was playing better by the day.

 

Bulgaria's best badminton player Nedelcheva dropped in Kuala Lumpur (pic)

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Published: 09 January 2009
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Bulgaria's best badminton player Petia Nedelcheva was defeated in the second round of the singles $200 000 strong tournament from the Superseries in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Nedelcheva, who started as number 8, was defeated by Malaysia player Julia Pei Xian Wong with 2:1 (19:21, 21:16, 21:10) games. The match continued for 49 minutes.

At the couples game later today Nedelcheva and her partner from Denmark MIe Shjot-Kristensen will mmet the number 1 in the scheme Ei Huei Chin and Pei Ti Wong (Malaysia).
 
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Minh left disappointed in Malaysia

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Published: 09 January 2009
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HA NOI — Despite an all-out effort, Beijing Olympian Nguyen Tien Minh lost to world No 1 seed, Lee Chong Wei, in the second round of the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Minh, the world No 17 seed, lost 9-21, 21-18, 7-21 to Lee who has reigned champion for the last four years and is ranked No 1 in the tournament.

On Wednesday, Minh, the national top player, had no difficulty in beating South Korea’s Hong Ji-hoon in the first round with a score of 21-9, 21-16.

Earlier, Malaysia’s back-up men’s singles elite shuttler Liew Daren achieved a career high on a day when an Indonesian rising star gave favourite Lee a run for his money in first-round matches at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The 22-year-old Daren, who is not even ranked among the top 100 in the world, dumped Thai No 1 Boonsak Ponsana with a hard-fought 24-22, 19-21, 21-17 win in 69 minutes. He will take on Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Hsuan-yi for a place in the quarter-finals.

 

Chong Wei, Hafiz, Advance To Second Round

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 January 2009
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By Hilary Sebastian

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 (Bernama) -- World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the second round of the Malaysian Open badminton championships after defeating Indonesian Andre Kurniawan Tedjono in straight sets at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here, today.

Chong Wei playing his first international match this year, had to struggle against the newcomer before chalking up a 21-17, 21-18 win.

"Its normal, any top player will struggle initially in a new season," Chong Wei said, adding the win had boosted his confidence to lift the title.

He will meet Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam tommorow

Meanwhile, Muhammad Hafiz Hashim too was forced to work extra hard to earn a 21-13, 19-21, 22-20 win against Japan's Sasaki Sho and book a meeting with Simon Santoso of Indonesia in the second round.

Two Malaysian elite back-up players Kuan Beng Hong and Daren Liew were also impressive today.

Beng Hong beat Ng Wei of Hong Kong 21-11, 21-16 to meet fifth seed Korean Park Sung Hwan in the second round while Daren Liew pulled out an upset defeating seventh seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 24-22, 19-21, 21-17. He will take on Hsueh Hsuan Yi of Taiwan tommorow.

However, Hafiz's elder brother, Muhammad Roslin was beaten by Sridhar Anup of India 17-21, 14-21 while Wong Choong Hann was tamed by second seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-16, 21-16.

In the women's singles, the country's second top shuttler Julia Wong Pei Xian easily defeated Vietnam's Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung 21-17, 21-16 to book a second round clash with eighth seed Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria.

Lydia Cheah too qualified after defeating team-mate Sonia Cheah 21-17, 21-15.

Tommorow, she will take on seventh seed Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong.

-- BERNAMA
 
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Two elite back-up singles players make it to the main draw (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 January 2009
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MALAYSIA have put two elite back-up men’s singles players — Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng — in the main draw of the Malaysian Open but three others crashed out in the qualifying tournament yesterday.

Daren beat Thailand’s top junior Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 in the first round and had an easy 21-17, 21-11 win over compatriot Vountus Indra Mawan to make the grade.

He will take on Thailand’s number one player Boonsak Ponsana today and it is unlikely that he will advance.

National Championships runner-up Wei Feng, who came into the tournament as a replacement for Indonesian Taufik Hidayat, will take on Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit and he has a better chance of winning the match.

But it was the end of the road for Tan Chung Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Chan Kwong Beng, who are being groomed for the 2012 London Olympics under the charge of Rashid Sidek.

Both Chun Seang and Kwong Beng lost to seasoned campaigner Kuan Beng Hong in the first and second round matches respectively.

Beng Hong faces Ng Wei of Hong Kong in the main draw.

Arif found Taiwanese Hsueh Hsuan-yi too hot to handle and bowed out 17-21, 9-21 in the second round.

Sonia Cheah was the only women’s singles player to clear the qualifying tournament and she has set up a meeting with elder sister Lydia in the first round.

In the men’s doubles, Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Teo Kok Siang, who are one of the new combinations forged by coach Rexy Mainaky, made it to the main draw.

They will take on Super Series Masters Finals champions Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong today.

 

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