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Kien Keat wants BAM to lay off the pressure (pic)

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Published: 12 October 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: Top national doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat values loyalty in a partnership.

That’s why the 28-year-old Kien Keat has stuck with partner Tan Boon Heong for the last 7½ years despite their roller-coaster ride as the country’s number one pair since 2006.A photo of newly-weds Koo Kien Keat and Audrey Tan Su Yen. Kien Keat and on-court partner Tan Boon Heong will be flying off to Odense for the Denmark Open on Sunday.

And now Kien Keat has vowed to stay loyal to another partner – his adoring wife Audrey Tan Su Yen, whom he wed on Wednesday in a traditional Chinese ceremony.

On Saturday, the dashing Kien Keat and his demure former personal assistant celebrated their matrimony by hosting their family members and relatives as well as the badminton fraternity and close friends to a gala dinner.

Kien Keat hopes that his marriage to Audrey will be the start of another great and fulfilling journey in his life.

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Wee Kiong makes mixed doubles comeback

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Published: 11 October 2013
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TAN Wee Kiong has accepted a challenge from Jeremy Gan to make a comeback in the mixed doubles in order to strike up a formidable partnership with Vivian Hoo. This doesn't mean that Wee Kiong is neglecting his duties in the men's doubles where he is ranked World No 13 with Hoon Thien How but Jeremy wants his protege to make it big in both events.

World No 5 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have been the only established Malaysian pair on the international stage but their performances have deteriorated of late due to pressure.

Wee Kiong is not a newcomer to the mixed doubles as he was an Asian junior champion with Woon Khe Wei in 2007 and both had also tried out full-time for two years in 2008.

Lack of results forced them to focus on the men's and women's doubles respectively and Jeremy has made it clear he only wants senior players who are capable of maintaining their performance in both events.

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Senior pairs stay put

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Published: 11 October 2013
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NATIONAL men's doubles coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang will not reshuffle their seniors as the move is not going to help create world class combinations.

The seniors mentioned are World No 5 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and World No 13 Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How while the rest of the current combinations, including World No 16 Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah will be paired off with new partners.

Cheh Chang, who was promoted as the men's doubles coach two weeks ago, said creating younger pairs who are not only able to beat the two senior combinations but also challenge the top combinations will be crucial if Malaysia are to battle for gold in the 2016.

This is the reason the reshuffling exercise will be concluded tomorrow and the new combinations be announced on Saturday. This will be followed by a ranking trials, to be held next week, which will be the basis to create a new tournament plan for them.

Both coaches want to start the ball rolling early so that the pairs get sufficient time to progress and are ready to face the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with confidence.

V Shem may get his wish to resume his combination with Teo Kok Siang while Khim Wah is expected to partner Ow Yao Han while Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi could also be tested for a longer period.

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Hublot Badminton Tournament in China (pic)

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Published: 11 October 2013
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On September 22, 2013, a badminton game was held in front of the Hublot boutique at Mykal in Dalian.

The championship match was organized by Hublot and it featured badminton superstars Li Yongbo, the head coach of China’s National Badminton Team, and Fu Haifeng, Olympic champion. Guests were offered an once-in-a-lifetime chance to face-off against Fu Haifengin a battle royale that not only showcased the competitive spirit and passion of the Chinese badminton team, but also exemplified Hublot’s “Art of Fusion” concept.The event reached a feverish high with the arrival of Li Yongbo, the head coach of China National Badminton Team, and Fu Haifeng, the National champion of Olympic on the court.
A slick black badminton court was unveiled in front of the Hublot Dalian boutique, accentuated by a Hublot wall chronograph set up to record every game, match and point exchanged. The event reached a feverish high with the arrival of Li Yongbo, the head coach of China National Badminton Team, and Fu Haifeng, the National champion of Olympic on the court. This dynamic competition attracted an eclectic mix of VIP guests, media and badminton enthusiasts, ten of which who were handpicked by Hublot to compete head-to-head with National champ, Fu Haifeng. Live, courtside commentary provided by coach Li added a heightened competitive buzz.

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China claim badminton team titles at EAG

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Published: 11 October 2013
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China claimed both the men's and women's team titles at the on-going 6th East Asian Games (EAG) here on Thursday.

Paced by world No. 2 Chen Long and world No. 3 Du Pengyu, The Chinese men's team enjoyed an all-win record in their previous three ties under a round-robin format. Their opponents on Thursday, Hong Kong of China, also collected three straight victories, making their encounter the gold-medal decider for the event.

The 24-year-old Chen only needed 28 minutes to take the opening win for China, outclassing world 11th ranked Hu Yun 21-11 and 21-7 in front of a jubilant crowd.

The second match featured Du and the 12th ranked Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong, China. Du grabbed the first game at 21-11 and launched a 10-0 run in the second before Wong decided to retire from the match due to an injury to his crotch.

In the third match China fielded the 23-year-old rising star Wang Zhengming, champion of 2013 China Badminton Masters, to play against Ng Ka Long Angus. It appeared to be another easy win for China as the 9th ranked Wang took the first game at 21-11. But Ng refused to throw in the towel, tying 10-10 with Wang in the second game. After leading 11-10 into the interval, Wang left no chance to Eg, wrapping up the game 21-15 to secure the gold for China.

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