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Winning start for Soon Kit-Beng Teong (pic)

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Published: 13 November 2008
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PETALING JAYA: Former internationals Cheah Soon Kit-Ong Beng Teong, reliving their men’s doubles partnership after 20 years, cleared their opening round hurdle in the KLRC New Zealand Open in Auckland yesterday.

They defeated Kiwis Oliver Leydon Davis-Joe Wu 23-21, 22-20. And the unseeded Soon Kit-Beng Teong, now aged 39 and 45 respectively, will bid to continue their winning run against another Kiwi pair, third seeds Kevin Dennerly Minturn-Henry Tam, in the quarter-finals today.

Soon Kit-Beng Teong are best remembered for clinching the winning point in the 1988 Thomas Cup semi-final tie against Indonesia to put Malaysia through to the final for the first time in 12 years.

 
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Young Mohd Arif out to turn the tables on Wei Feng (pic)

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Published: 13 November 2008
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JOHOR BARU: It’s the battle for a place in the men’s singles final against national and world number one Lee Chong Wei in the Johor Open badminton championships that is generating more interest.

And youngster Mohd Arif Abdul Latif is determined to win it. The 19-year-old beat Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin 21-16, 21-11 in the quarter-finals at the Bandaraya Stadium here last night.Beaten pair: Mohd Arif Abdul Latif (back) and Vountus Indra Mawan were beaten by Koo Kien Keat- Tan Boon Heong in the Johor Open quarter-finals at the Bandaraya Satdium in Johor Baru yesterday.

And he will be making his second successive semi-final appearance in the national badminton circuit after the Penang Open in August where he lost to veteran Roslin Hashim. But Arif is hoping to go one step better tonight when he takes on Chong Wei Feng.

Wei Feng, who is also being groomed by singles coach Rashid Sidek for the 2012 London Olympics, beat Liew Daren 21-15, 21-18 to reach the semi-finals.

 
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Too easy for Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 November 2008
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IT was another effortless win and it showed how much the national shuttlers are lagging behind Lee Chong Wei as he stormed into the semi-finals of the Johor Open at the Johor Baru City Stadium yesterday.

Back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng has been training with Chong Wei for more than a year but it hardly mattered as the latter picked up an easy 21-10, 21-5 win in 30 minutes in the quarter-finals. Wong Mew Choo beat Tiffany Chase Currier 21-11, 21-6 in the semi-finals of the Johor Open at the Johor Baru City Stadium yesterday.

Kuan Beng Hong reached the semi-finals after beating back-up player Lim Fang Yang of Pahang 21-17, 21-4 in just 20 minutes and will take on Chong Wei today.

Arif Latif also claimed a semi-final spot after beating Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin 21-16, 21-11 in 30 minutes.

Third seed Chong Wei Feng also advanced after beating fellow back-up player Liew Daren 21-15, 21-18 and will meet Arif in the last four.
Women's singles top seed Wong Mew Choo also faced little trouble as she cruised into the last four with a 21-11, 21-6 win and will next play back-up shuttler Ooi Swee Wenn.

Swee Wenn progressed to the next round when she beat Lee Joo Yiet of Johor 21-12, 21-12.

The other semi-final will be a closely fought affair as Julia Wong will meet Lydia Cheah in a clash of national shuttlers.

Julia earned her spot in the last four after beating Stephanie Shalini 21-18, 21-15 while Lydia defeated Lim Yee Theng of Penang 21-12, 21-5.
 
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Mi takes minutes to win first match in NZ Open

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Published: 13 November 2008
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Defending champion and world No 2 Zhou Mi won through her first match at the US$50,000 KLRC New Zealand Badminton Open with expected ease yesterday and showed no effects of the flu she had been frustrated by over the past week.

Mi, 29, needs to win the title again to take back the top spot in the world and started with an 18 minute 21-5, 21-15 victory over Southland's Anna Rankin in the first round. In the second round she will play Malaysian Mudukasan Sutheaswari.

Also making short work of things was men's top seed Sariul Ayob (Malaysia) who accounted for Auckland's Brent Miller in straight games.

Ayob has set up a quarter-final clash with New Zealand's best, John Moody, who beat local Delius Tang.

Moody and Ayob have clashed three times with the Malaysian winning on each occasion.

The only upset in the second round men's singles was Kiwi eighth seed Ethan Haggo losing to Chinese-born Aucklander Hu He Maoni.

Meanwhile, men's third, fourth and fifth seeds Tsuen Seng Lee (Malaysia), Yu Hsin Hsieh (Taipei) and Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia) respectively all won through to the quarter-finals over Kiwi opponents in straight games.

 
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Misbun ready to bring up talented youngsters

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Published: 13 November 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Misbun Sidek is ready to pinch players from the lower level — either schools or state junior programmes — if he sees potential in them to excel.

And he hopes that he will get the blessings to do so from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Currently, the BAM only promote players to the national team after they have gone through the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and national back-up programmes.

Misbun said that he could not afford to wait any more, not when expectations are getting heavier on badminton to deliver at the Olympics on a regular basis.

Currently, he sees national No. 1 and Beijing Olympics silver medallist Lee Chong Wei as the only singles player with the potential to strike a medal again in the 2012 London Olympics.

 
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