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Badminton: China survives Indonesia scare in Sudirman Cup (pic)

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Published: 23 May 2013
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Defending champions China had to dig deep to avoid a surprise defeat to Indonesia, winning 3-2 on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup.

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions China had to dig deep to avoid a surprise defeat to Indonesia, winning 3-2 on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup.

Two days after whipping their arch rivals 5-0 in a group match, China, who have not lost a tie since falling 2-3 to South Korea in the 2003 final, were stunned by a determined and gallant Indonesian outfit.China's Li Xuerui hits a return against Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri

China will play Denmark in Saturday's semi-finals after the Europeans easily defeated underdogs Taiwan 3-0.

At the last Sudirman Cup two years ago, China thrashed Denmark 3-0 in the final. And Chinese supremo Li Yongbo was unperturbed.

"We have won it for so many times - eight times," the coach said after their match against Indonesia.

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China goes through test from Indonesia at Sudirman Cup

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Published: 23 May 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 (BadmintonPlanet.com) -- Indonesia almost scared China in their second meeting in three days but the defending champions still made the semifinals of the Sudirman Cup here on Thursday.

Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir took a good start for Indonesia as they stunned Olympic runners-up Xu Chen/Ma Jin in mixed doubles at 21-18, 14-21 and 21-16. But Chen Long quickly leveled the score for China after he thrashed Tommy Sugiarto 21-11, 21-15 in men's singles. Suairto is the only Indonesian player who stayed in the lineup as in Tuesday's group match against China.

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Khim Wah-V Shem perform above expectations in Sudirman Cup debut

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Published: 23 May 2013
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DOUBLES men shuttlers Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem had a problematic partnership in the past but that will be a thing of the past going by their solid performance in their Sudirman Cup debut.

On Tuesday, Khim Wah-V Shem lived up to their coaches’ faith by winning a point in the tie against Germany with a 21-16, 23-21 win over Ingo Kindervater-Johaness Schoettler but the duo’s win was in vain.

Malaysia lost 2-3 and were sent packing out of the Sudirman Cup at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil. It was the country’s first ever defeat to Germany in a team event.

For the quick Khim Wah-V Shem, it was the second time that they have performed above expectations in a major event.

At the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia, the duo pulled off an upset over Indonesia’s Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano to reach the semi-finals. But after that, their performances had been inconsistent and in fact, lack of mistrust saw their partnership being split up for six months last year.

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Humiliating! (pic)

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Published: 22 May 2013
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SUDIRMAN CUP: Germany send Malaysia packing

MALAYSIA'S humiliation in the Sudirman Cup was complete when they were bundled out 3-2 in the group stage by Germany  at Putra Stadium yesterday.

Malaysia rested the bungling Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and were aptly rewarded when Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah defeated Ingo Kidervater-Johannes Schoettler 21-18, 21-18 but it was not enough to stop the rot.Woon Khe Wei (front) and Vivian Hoo lost 21-16, 16-21, 21-18 to Germany’s Birgit Michels-Johanna Goliszewski at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The signs of misery were evident in the first match when under-firing mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were shocked 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 by Micheal Fuchs-Birgit Michels in 68 minutes.

The ever reliable Lee Chong Wei helped Malaysia draw level by beating Dieter Domke 21-12, 21-14 in 34 minutes while V Shem-Khim Wah's efforts helped Malaysia take a 2-1 lead.

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Kien Keat-Boon Heong safe for now

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Published: 22 May 2013
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THE playing future of men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong is safe at least until the World Championships but appropriate action will be taken against them if they fail to achieve the target of reaching the final set by the BA of Malaysia (BAM).

BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai, who is also the coaching and training committee (CTC) chairman, said Kien Keat-Boon Heong will still play in the World Championships in Guangzhou in August but also confirmed that emphasis will be given to backup-pairs Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How in the build-up to the major event.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong's performance has hit rock bottom and their latest failure came when they lost to scratch pair Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin which saw Malaysia suffer a shock 3-2 defeat to Taiwan on Sunday.

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