• Chong Wei bags his 10th and 'last' Malaysian Open title (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: It was an emotional day for World No 1 Lee Chong Wei when he nailed his 10th home title. 

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei fended off a strong challenge from Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the opening game before stepping on the gas for his 21-19, 21-9 win in the men's singles final of the Maybank Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium here. Undisputed. National and world No.1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei kisses the Malaysian Open trophy after securing his record 10th home title on Sunday. he beat Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto in straight sets in the final.

  • Khim Wah-V Shem claim doubles title… at last (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem finally nailed their first Super Series title.

    And what better way to mark their breakthrough than in front of a vociferous home crowd cheering them all the way at the Putra Stadium.Remember their names. Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem are the 2014 Malaysian Open men's doubles champions.

    Understandably, the duo just could not hold back their delight as they jumped up in joy after scoring the winning point as a wild celebration erupted inside the stadium.

    On Sunday, the duo proved to be the new heroes for the country when they dumped China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei 21-19, 21-18 to claim the title at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    The Malaysian fans joined in the celebration and one can hardly blame them as they have been starved of a men’s doubles major title for the last four years.

    Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were the last pair to win a Super Series title, also at home in 2010.

  • Finally... Malaysian pair are in the final (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah showed plenty of fire and resilience en route to becoming the first Malaysian men’s doubles pair to reach the final of the Maybank Malaysian Open since 2010. 

    The pair, back together for a third time after splitting up twice, were outstanding as they fought back from a game down to beat Indonesia’s Angga Pratama-Rian Agung Saputra.Malaysian men's pair Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah are through to the final of the Malaysian Open after beating their Indonesian opponents in three sets on Saturday.

    The world No. 17, backed by a vociferous home crowd, won 23-25, 21-13, 22-20 in 72 minutes.
    It could have ended earlier had V Shem-Khim Wah made the most of the two game points in the first game.
  • V Shem-Khim Wah make it to Malaysian Open semis (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: The onus was on Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah to step up and deliver and the pair responded with gusto as they charged into the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    The sole Malaysian survivors of the men’s doubles event, V Shem-Khim Wah were in superb form on Friday as they smashed their way past England’s Chris Langridge-Peter Mills 21-16, 21-14 in the quarter-finals.Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah on their way to beating England’s Chris Langridge-Peter Mills 21-16, 21-14 in the quarter-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 17, 2014.

    It was just the kind of performance the pair, back together for a third time following several split-ups, needed.

    It bettered their quarter-final appearance at the Korean Open last week and it is their best showing at a Super Series event since making the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open last year.

  • Tough taking on China players: Chong Wei (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei admitted that he has yet to peak after struggling to overcome China’s Wang Zhengming in the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei was given a proper workout by the former world junior champion before prevailing 21-17, 21-18 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jali on Thursday.Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah celebrate after beating Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech 21-19, 25-23 in the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    “I didn’t play my best today against Zhengming,” said Chong Wei.

    “It’s tough taking on these China players because there are so many of them and there’s only one of me.

    “But what’s important is that I win the match and continue to focus on my next match.

  • Kim Wah-V Shem save Malaysia the blushes (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Doubles shuttlers Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem saved Malaysia from their worst-ever showing on home soil in the men’s doubles when they became the only pair to win the opening match.

    On Wednesday, Khim Wah-V Shem gained sweet revenge when they dumped second seeds and reigning Korean Open champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark 24-22, 17-21, 21-18.Goh V Shem (left) and Lim Khim Wah in action against Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark during their first round match in the Maybank Malaysian Open. V Shem-Khim Wah won 24-22, 17-21, 21-18.

    Just last week, the Malaysians had gone down with a whimper to the Danes in the quarter-finals of the season-opener in cold Seoul.

    But on Wednesday, they were blowing hot, showing great fighting spirit to outplay the Danes and prevent Malaysia from suffering a complete whitewash.

  • Support our local shuttlers: Chong Wei (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Let's be real, it will be tough for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win his 10th home title in the Maybank Malaysian Open when the action starts Wednesday with the first round at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

    He is getting older. His younger opponents are getting bolder and stronger. And he is starting to feel the burden of responsibility on his tired shoulders.Vittinghus Hans-Kristian of Denmark meets Lee Chong Wei in the opening round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

    But the 31-year-old intends to let the magic of playing at home do the talking once again this week.

    His nine-month-old baby boy Kingston will be cheering his “papa” on every day from the stands. His devoted wife Wong Mew Choo, family and friends will be there. And thousands of his loyal and patriotic fans will be rooting for him.

  • Chong Wei’s ‘sick’ of being the go-to-guy (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has had enough of being the sole flag bearer for Malaysian badminton on the international scene.

    And on Friday, after reaching the men’s singles’ semi-finals of the Korean Open in Seoul, he issued a clarion call to all his team-mates – especially the younger ones – to wake up and step out of their comfort zone.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei bulldozed past a hapless Du Pengyu of China 21-9, 21-12 in just 35 minutes to set up a meeting with Japan’s Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals on Saturday.

    He is the only Malaysian survivor in the season-opener after Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem went down with a whimper against top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.

    The Malaysians lost 10-21, 9-21 in just 31 minutes.

    Two-time Olympic Games silver medallist Chong Wei said that it was time everyone stopped depending on him, starting with the Korean Open.

  • Doubles set for revival with stronger rivalry (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang is optimistic the healthy rivalry between Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem will revive Malaysia’s fortunes this season.

    Malaysia have been starved off major Open titles from the men’s doubles department over the last three years.

    Thien How-Wee Kiong defeated Khim Wah-V Shem in a closely-fought final in the National Grand Prix Finals at Putrajaya last month, sparking a promise that the country’s second and third-ranked pairs are set to snap at each other’s heels this year.

    The two pairs will get to show who are better when they begin their campaigns in the season-opener Korean Open in Seoul on Wednesday.

  • Doubles pair wary of chill factor in Korea (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles champion Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How will be fighting on two fronts when they start their campaign in the Korean Open on Wednesday.

    On Saturday, the duo and compatriots Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem left for Seoul for the season opener of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Super Series.

    The 24-year-old Wee Kiong said their opening round match would be “treacherous”.

    “The weather in Seoul is below 13°C. It is really cold. On top of that, we have a tricky opening match against an upcoming pair from China (Kang Jun-Liu Cheng). We cannot take them lightly.

    “We have to balance our act. We have to adapt to the cold condition and also stay on guard against the Chinese pair,” said Wee Kiong.

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