• From underdog to champion - Mak Hee Chun/Tan Bin Shen win Sabah Open

    Kota Kinabalu: In the end, the right men won. And they ended their year on a high note.

    Former world junior champion Mak Hee Chun who was dropped from Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in 2012, teamed with Tan Bin Shen who left the national team in 2010, as they defied all odds to triumph over top seeds Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han in the men's doubles final of Sabah Open on Sunday. Mak-Tan won the intense battle 16-21,21-19,21-16 in 58 minutes.Mak Hee Chun and Tan Bin Shen win Sabah Open

    Mak Hee Chun and Tan Bin Shen win Sabah Open

  • Sabah Open: Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen continues upset streak

    Kuala Lumpur: After knocking second seeds Low Juan Shen-Ong Yew Sin out of the tournament on Friday, the unseeded Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen reached the finals at Sabah Open on Saturday with another shock upset over fourth seeds Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Ee Yi winning 21-12,15-21,22-20 in 52 minutes. Mak - Tan will battle number one seeds Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han in the men's doubles final.Ow Yao Han (left) trains with Lim Khim Wah

    Ow Yao Han (left) trains with Lim Khim Wah

  • World Champs Day 3: Disappointing end to Goh V Shem/Lim Khim Wah

    Copenhagen: On Wednesday, Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah marked the end of their partnership with a loss, after awarded their opponents a walkover citing back injury V Shem suffered during the match.

    The Malaysia pair already found themselves in trouble early in the first set as they were struggling to response to the relentless pace and chaos created by Taiwan’s Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin. The Malaysian pair eventually went down with 11-21 at the Bellarup Super Arena.Sad end to Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah's partnership

    Sad end to Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah's partnership


  • World Champs Day 2: Chong Wei Feng Ousted

    Copenhagen: Malaysia’s second men’s singles -  Chong Wei Feng suffered a devastating first round exit on day 2 of badminton World Championships at Copenhagen.

    The 16th seed Malaysian wasted a six-point lead in the second set and a five-point advantage in the rubber game for a 21-17, 22-24, 16-21 defeat to England's Rajiv Ouseph in 65 minutes.Chong Wei Feng (yellow) vs Rajiv Ouseph

    Chong Wei Feng (yellow) vs Rajiv Ouseph

  • Australian Open: Malaysia shuttlers sail through qualifying matches

    Sydney: All Malaysian players were able to advance to the main draw of Australia Open on Tuesday.

    Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif defeated Mitchell Wheller of Australia 21-11, 21-8 in his first qualifying match, and knocked out Andrew Smith of England 21-17, 22-20 in the second qualifying match.Olympic gold medalist Fu Haifeng (left) looked absolutely stunned by the size of the giant lobster in Australia!

    Olympic gold medalist Fu Haifeng (left) looked absolutely stunned by the size of the giant lobster in Australia!

  • Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah gear up for Indonesian Open

    Kuala Lumpur: Indonesia Open would be Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah's last chance to fulfil their potentials as the promising men's doubles for Malaysia. Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem has shown some improvements by winning the Malaysian Open early this year, but they have been struggling for form since.The future of Khim Wah (left) -V Shem partnership will depends on their result in the Indonesia Open

    The future of Khim Wah (left) -V Shem partnership will depends on their result in the Indonesia Open

    Goh V Shem has been partnered with different players since Thomas Cup, his partnership with Tan Wee-Kiong stood out as the most impressive during Thomas Cup Finals, where they won all their matches against top pairs from Korea and Japan.

  • Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem will be split after World Championships

    Kuala Lumpur: It's confirmed! BAM will split up Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem after the World Championships in Copenhagen which will be held from August 25 to August 31, 2014.Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem are the 2014 Malaysian Open men's doubles champions

    Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem are the 2014 Malaysian Open men's doubles champions

     Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem has shown some improvements by winning the Malaysian Open early this year, but Lim Khim Wah's poor serve have had a devastating impact on the pair especially during crunch time.

  • Lim Khim Wah needs to go back to the basics to fix his serve problem

    KUALA LUMPUR: If you ever see Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah play, it's always dire and scary to see Lim Khim Wah serves. They almost allowed the China pair to force a rubber game in the Malaysia Open on January, due to several service faults called against the Malaysian pair at the end of the second set in men's doubles final.The Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah pair is lacking the stability to become dominant in men's doubles

    The Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah pair is lacking the stability to become dominant in men's doubles

    Although Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem were able to capture the Malaysian Open title eventually, but they have been struggling for form since.

  • Smells trouble for Malaysia men's doubles

    PETALING JAYA: Just when you think Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah could become another dominant pair in badminton men's doubles, they faltered yet again.
    They were sent packing in the first round of Singapore Open 17-21, 24-26 by South Korean newly formed pair Kim Sa-rang-Yoo Yeon-seong.
    Sa-rang-Yeon-seong was able to catch up from 7-11 deficits on the first set ; V Shem-Khim Wah  only has themselves to blame as they wasted five game point opportunities in the second game to hand the Koreans the victory.Hoon Thien How - Tan Wee Kiong had a good start at Singapore Open, hopefully they can continue to perform well in the tournament

    Hoon Thien How - Tan Wee Kiong had a good start at Singapore Open, hopefully they can continue to perform well in the tournament


    The pair bit the dust in the second round of the Indian Open last week and failed to defend their Malaysian Open GP Gold title by losing to a relatively unknown pair from Singapore two weeks ago.

  • Indian Open: Lee Chong Wei through, Khim Wah-V Shem out

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Open champions Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem went down 18-21, 21-15, 16-21 to Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol of South Korea. This was a bitter blow to the pair because they were once ahead with 14-10 and 15-12 in the third set.India's P. Kashyap is waiting for Lee Chong Wei in the Indian Open quarter-finals.

    Their coach Rosman Razak said: “Khim Wah and V Shem played much better this game, they had their chances to seal the deal, and they were once in control by leading 15-12 in the rubber game. Then, they started making mistakes. The South Koreans took advantage of Kim-Wah-V Shem's mistakes and never look back”

  • Lee Chong Wei is on his way to his third Indian Open title

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 badminton player - Lee Chong Wei cruised through the first round of the India Open in New Delhi easily by defeating Ajay Kumar from Indian 21-9, 21-9 in 24 minutes.Lee Chong Wei has pretty easy draw in India Open until he meets Chen Long

    Lee Chong Wei has pretty easy draw in India Open until he meets Chen Long


    He is going to play against the runner-up of Malaysian Open GP Gold, rising star Sourabh Varma from India in the second round.

  • Malaysia's doubles need to work on their service

    Kuala Lumpur: One obvious problem for the Malaysian men's doubles players in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold was their serves. Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Tan Boon Heong-Ow Yao Han seems didn't know how to serve properly.Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong lost in the first round of the Malaysian Open GP Gold event last week.

    When Lim Khim Wah- Goh V Shem played against Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart in the final, their service were either

  • Goh V Shem/Khim Wah Failed to Win Yonex-Sunrise GP Gold Men's Doubles Title

    PASIR GUDANG, March 30 -- Malaysian men's doubles pair Goh V Shem/Lim Khim Wah failed to shine at the most appropriate time, losing 17-21, 20-22 to Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Chayut Triyachart from Singapore in the final of the Yonex Sunrise Malaysia Grand Prix Gold, here Sunday.Champions fall to Singapore's Danny-Chayut as Malaysia end up with nothing

    The duo who had won the 2014 Malaysian Open Super Series in January failed to produce a performance that was worthy of the title and lost the first game 17-21.

  • Sizzling Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem stays hot (pic)

     

    PASIR GUDANG: Shuttlers Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem are the only survivors for Malaysia in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold tournament after Chong Wei Feng's walkover to Sourabh from India, and Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean's loss of 17-21, 17-21 to China’s juniors Ou Dongni-Xiong Mengjing in the semi-finals.

     Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah defeated Indonesia's Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Markis Kido

    Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem's opponents in the final will be another top form pair from Singapore - Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart.

     

    The duo will have to play better and harder in the final in order to pull off the champion feat.

     

  • All-England: V Shem-Khim Wah sent packing in first round (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: Malaysian Open champions Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah learned the hard way that they still have a long to go after crashing out in the first round of the All-England.

    The pair who only made the quarter-finals of the German Open last week, were once again brought down to earth by the experience of Danish duo Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, losing 21-23, 11-21 on Wednesday.Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah in a file photo. The pair lost to Danish duo Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 21-23, 11-21 in the first round of the the All-England.

  • V Shem more confident going to Europe this year (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: A sensational outing in the Malaysian Open has given men’s doubles shuttler Goh V Shem extra motivation to erase his painful memories of Europe.

    V Shem will be leaving with Lim Khim Wah for Mulheim on Saturday for the German Open Grand Prix Gold which is from Feb 25-March 2. The reigning Malaysian Open champions will also take part in the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham. Lim Khim Wah (right) and Goh V Shem celebrate after winning the Malaysian Open men's doubles last month. They will be taking part in the upcoming German Open GP Gold and All-England tournaments.

    Last year, V Shem lost his cool when his service was faulted five times en route to losing in the second round to hosts Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler in the German Open.

  • Khim Wah gets cracking to improve serve (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: It is no secret that doubles shuttler Lim Khim Wah’s weak link is his service.

    Instead of whining about it, the diminutive Khim Wah has been spending extra hours perfecting his service so that he and his partner Goh V Shem can end Malaysia’s long wait for the men’s doubles title in the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem after they won the Malaysian Open on Jan 19, 2014. Khim Wah admits that part of his problem with serving is that nerves tend to get the better of him.

    Last month, Khim Wah and V Shem brought great joy to the doubles department when they defeated Hong Wei-Chai Biao of China in the final of the Malaysian Open and end the country’s four-year wait for a home title.

    Although they won, Khim Wah’s poor service was glaring – 10 of his services ended up in the net, much to the dismay of the home fans.

    Khim Wah admitted that his service problem is due to nerves.

  • Khim Wah-V Shem move up to world No. 14 (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s latest badminton darlings – the men’s doubles of Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem – have moved up three rungs to No. 14 in the world after their breakthrough performance in the Malaysian Open last week.

    And, if they can maintain their performances in the next three months, they could even become the country’s top pair before the Thomas Cup Finals in May.Lim Khim Wah (right) celebrates with Goh V Shem after beating Chinese pair Hong Wei-Chai Biao during the Malaysian Open last Sunday.

    On Thursday, they were the only men’s pair to have shown an improvement in the world rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

    The other two pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong – remained at No. 7 and No. 8 respectively after losing in the opening round of the home tournament.

  • Now the hard work begins for Malaysian doubles (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Malaysia used to be a force to be reckoned with in the men’s doubles, and in the past few years the hope of seeing those glory days again became dim.

    However, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem’s performance at the Maybank Malaysian Open is set to be the catalyst for many more victories in the men’s doubles department. Newly crowned Malaysian Open doubles champions Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem must now kick on to win more titles away from home if they want to be regarded as a formidable pair.

    On Sunday, the Malaysian pair downed China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei 21-19, 21-18 to lift their first Malaysian Open title. It ended Malaysia’s four-year wait for a Super Series title, which was last won by Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in 2010.

    National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang described the victory as a breakthrough and a boost for the team and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

  • Finding Chong Wei’s successor is now BAM’s main mission (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff admits that the challenge is for them to produce an heir to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

    But the outspoken president points out that BAM will not neglect the likes of Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren while focusing on the younger batch of players coming through the ranks.A group shot of sponsorship ceremony between BAM, represented by its president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff (second right) and XOX, repersented by its managing director, Datuk Eddie Chai (second left), and attended by recently crowned Malaysian Open singles and doubles champions, Lee Chong Wei (centre) and Lim Khim Wah (left)-Goh V Shem in Bukit Kiara on Monday.

    Both Wei Feng and Daren were disappointing at the recent Malaysian Open, crashing out in the first round.

    “It is BAM’s challenge to improve the quality of the backup squad and to produce world beaters in the future. We will definitely be working hard with the coaches to raise that standard,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

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