• Thomas Cup: Malaysia wins thriller over Korea to top Group C

    New Delhi: Things weren't looking good for Malaysia's Thomas Cup team after Tan Boon Heong/Hoon Thien How lost to Yoo Yeon Seong/Lee Yong Dae 19-21, 19-21 in the first men's doubles. With this win, Malaysia and Korea were tied at 1-1 after Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia won the first point against Son Wan-ho 21-17, 21-17 in an earlier match.Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem (middle) scored a huge upset against World No. 4 pair Kim Ki-jung/Kim Sa-rang with 21-17, 21-19 win.

    Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem (middle) scored a huge upset against World No. 4 pair Kim Ki-jung/Kim Sa-rang with 21-17, 21-19 win.

    Malaysia's chances of defeating Korea looked even dimmer when its second singles Chong Wei Feng dropped the first set to Lee Dong Keun 19-21. However, the resilient Chong Wei Feng was not ready to go home early yet, he made some adjustments in the second set to play better court control, more high quality shots and made less mistake; he scored several critical points after the second set was tied at 16-16 to hold off the Korean at 21-17 and force a deciding game. In third set, Wei Feng rallied to an incredible comeback over Lee Dong Keun to win it at 21-14.

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia takes 4-1 win over Germany

    New Delhi: Malaysia sailed through its second Thomas Cup match by defeating Germany 4-1. That win also exposed Malaysia's deficiencies on its roster besides World No. one Lee Chong Wei. They'll have to step up efforts at resolving the inconsistencies ahead of the Korea game on Wednesday.

    In the Germany game, Lee Chong Wei had a hot start to overcome Marc Zwiebler 21-14, 21-8 in 37 minutes to pocket the first point. Malaysia played the first men’s doubles with scratch pair Tan Boon Heong/Tan Wee Kiong against Johannes Schoettler/Michael Fuchs. The Malaysian duo were stretched to three sets before notching the second point for Malaysia team with 13-21 21-17 21-18 victory. Good job girls! Daren Liew should learn from you guys running end to end and fighting for every shots

    Good job girls! Daren Liew should learn from you guys running end to end and fighting for every shots
    Chong Wei Feng was the better in second singles by winning a breathtaking game of 19-21 22-20 23-21 against Dieter Domke. Goh V Shem/Lim Khim Wah took care of Peter Kaesbauer/Josche Zurwonne 21-12 21-18 in 30 minutes for the fourth point; but, Daren Liew was once again the Achilles' heel for Malaysia when he lost to Lukas Schmidt 20-22 10-21 in 35 minutes.

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia beat India 4-1

    New Delhi: By giving away only one point, Malaysia successfully defeated India in the opening game.

    Malaysia's first singles, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei faced some challenges from K. Srikanth in the first set before he took the game with 21-19; He finished off Srikanth 21-12 quickly in the second set to win the first point for Malaysia in just 35 minutes. Hello, wake up captain!

    Hello, wake up captain!
    Then, it was a surprise to see Malaysia played Hoon Thien How and Tan Boon Heong as the first doubles, they were the world junior champion in 2004, but their partnership was ended after Tan partnered with Koo Kien Keat. Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How was able to score the second point for Malaysia with 21-14, 21-11 win over Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri.

  • Chong Wei Feng feels confident ahead of Thomas Cup

    Kuala Lumpur: In recent months, it has become increasingly doubtful what impact Chong Wei Feng could bring to the Malaysia Thomas Cup team. When on the court, his shots often lacked precision, his scoring instincts have been dulled, and his confidence has plummeted.

    Just 10 days before Thomas Cup Finals, The second time could be a charm for national men's singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng at the New Delhi Thomas Cupthe world No. 27 is determined to regain his touches. The New Delhi Thomas Cup Finals will be Wei Feng's second Thomas Cup appearance. He was a reserve player two years ago

  • BAM confirms Soon Huat, Peng Soon for Thomas Cup

    PETALING JAYA: On Saturday, BAM announced that Soon Huat will join Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren as fourth singles for the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25. He vows to justify his selection into the Thomas Cup Finals squad.

    He vows to justify his selection into the Thomas Cup Finals squad.
    The announcement ended speculations that Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) would include Misbun Ramdan Misbun as the fourth singles player because he is more aggressive and has won five international tournaments so far.
  • Daren Liew and Chong Wei Feng need to revive their glory days

    Kuala Lumpur: Last few months had been disastrous for Daren Liew and Chong Wei Feng, their lack luster performance is especially worrisome ahead of the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi on May 18-25.Really hope Daren (small pic) and Wei Feng can hustle back to redeem themselves

    Really hope Daren (small pic) and Wei Feng can hustle back to redeem themselves

    So far, the confirmed men’s singles for Malaysia's Thomas Cup squad are Chong Wei, Wei Feng and Daren. World No 152 Goh Soon Huat will most likely be the fourth singles.

  • It would take a miracle for Daren Liew to play in badminton world championships

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's third men's singles shuttler Daren Liew was hampered by another bad news for his already disastrous start of the year.Daren Liew's fortunes have taken a dramatic downturn recently

    Daren Liew's fortunes have taken a dramatic downturn recently

    Daren, who has felt to No. 63 in the world ranking, would probably not be able to join his compatriots Lee Chong Wei and Chong Wei Feng for the August world meet in Copenhagen, Denmark. The qualifying period for the world meet ended with the last week's China Masters Grand Prix Gold.

  • Lee Chong Wei hopes Malaysia players could be tougher and more durable

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will start playing in the Indian Open Wednesday in New Delhi and again, he is carrying the hopes of all Malaysian in the Superseries tournament.Lee Chong Wei to his juniors: "No shortcuts to the top!"

    Lee Chong Wei to his juniors: "No shortcuts to the top!"


    Chong Wei will take on a qualifier in the first round. Then, he may plays three Indian players – Sourabh Varma (the Malaysia Open GP Gold runners-up), R.M.V. Gurusaidutt and P. Kashap.

  • 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.

     

  • Sourabh enters final after walkover from Chong Wei Feng at Malaysian GP (pic)

    JOHOR BAHRU: India's Sourabh Verma entered the finals of $120,000 Malaysian Grand Prix Gold after receiving a walkover from Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia in the men's singles competition at Pasir Gudang on Saturday. Chong Wei Feng  leaving the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium disappointedly

    Second seed Wei Feng conceded the match to Sourabh, seeded eighth in the tournament, as he picked up a back injury while practicing for the semifinal tie.

  • Can Chong Wei Feng deliver in Malaysia GP Gold? (pic)

    PASIR GUDANG: Can you believe the No. 2 men’s singles shuttler of Malaysia has never won an international title? Chong Wei Feng is very close to breaking the spell, with just one game shy from reaching his first final in an international tournament.

    The 26-year-old were struggling but eventually able to beat R.M.V. Gurusaidutt of India 21-12, 5-21, 21-19 in a 59-minute quarter final match. He is going to face another Indian player, Sourabh Varma, in the semi-final on Saturday.Chong Wei Feng Reached Semi Final of Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold

    Sourabh defeated Taiwanese Chou Tien-chen 22-20, 18-21, 21-15 on the other quarter-final.

    “I know Guru's game very well, because I've beated him three times before – all in rubber games. It's never easy to play against him. As you can see, it was a very close game,” said Wei Feng while wiping away his sweat.

  • Chong Wei Feng: I need to do better (pic)

    PASIR GUDANG: In the absence of the three-time All-England champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng needs to prove he can live up to the expectation as the second best men's singles in Malaysia.It's time for Chong Wei Feng to show he is the legitimate one

    Chong Wei Feng hopes he can at least reach the final of the championship while China are banking on their future stars for exposing them to more international tournaments.

  • Soon Huat Took the Final Spot in Malaysia's Thomas Cup squad (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Goh Soon Huat - the back-up shuttler from Malaysia will be part of the Malaysia Thomas cup team after beating

    Tan Chun Seang (former BAM player) 21-14, 21-13 in the three-day selections trials at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara on Friday. Goh Soon Huat finished top in Thomas Cup Trial

    Misbun Ramdan Misbun and former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli pulled out of the trials due to personal health reasons.

    During the trial, Soon Huat showed his fighting spirit and steely determination, and he is likely to be join the Thomas Cup team as the fourth men’s singles player.

  • Chong Wei, Wei Feng through to second round (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: It was plain sailing for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Chong Wei Feng in the first round of the All-England at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

    Chong Wei showed no ill effects of his ankle injury as he scored a comprehensive 21-15, 21-17 win over Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk on Wednesday.World No. 16 Chong Wei Feng in a file photo. He beat world No. 11 Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-18, 21-19 in the first round of the All-England.

    Over on the other court, world No. 16 Wei Feng, who has endured a torrid start to the year, put up a superb attacking display to pack off world No. 11 Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-18, 21-19.

    A third Malaysian shuttler was in the fray in the first round. However, Misbun Ramdan Misbun, who came through the qualifiers, went down to Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen 21-15, 21-10.

  • Clock's ticking for duo

    URGENT: Daren, Wei Feng must start delivering or make way

    LIEW Daren and Chong Wei Feng can still become quality internationals if they can perform consistently as national singles coach Tey Seu Bock feels it will take another three years for the current batch of junior shuttlers to make a breakthrough.

    However, Daren and Wei Feng must produce improved results by the end of the year to convince the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) they can still be depended on until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as both are already 27.

    The chasing pack comprises Chong Yee Han and Tan Kian Meng, both 21, while three 19-year-old shuttlers -- Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Lim Chi Wing -- are also being groomed to fill the vacuum which will be created should Lee Chong Wei retire at the end of the year.

  • Wei Feng upbeat after pep talk from world No. 1 (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng is refreshed and ready to step up to the plate after a pep talk by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and a warm gathering among the singles players during the Chinese New Year season.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei spent some time advising and encouraging Wei Feng after the latter’s demoralising first round defeats at the Korean and Malaysian Opens last month. Chong Wei Feng in training recently. He hopes for a breakthrough this year after a disappointing 2013.

    Chong Wei even hosted a special dinner for all the singles players during the Chinese New Year – treating them to good food and good fun. He even gave them gifts via a lucky draw.

    Wei Feng is grateful to Chong Wei for trying lift the morale of his comrades in the men’s singles department.

    “I was down after my recent defeats. The nation is looking for Chong Wei’s successor but I have failed to live up to expectations. All these put some pressure on me and, unfortunately, I could not deal with it. As a result, I did not play true to my form,” said Wei Feng.

  • Beware! Big Brother’s watching (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: The movement of the national coaches and players at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara is being closely monitored.

    Since Feb 4, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have installed a thumbprint attendance system that requires coaches and players to clock in and out every day as they enter and leave the national training centre. National shuttlers Chong Wei Feng (left) and Ho Yen Mei using the thumb print access system before entering Stadium Juara for training.

    The move is to monitor the attendance of the coaches and players as the management does not want them to go AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) during training or to turn up late for their practice sessions.

  • All hope on Chong Wei … again (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: When all others fell on the wayside, the ever-dependable world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stayed rock steady to reach the men’s singles second round at the Maybank Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

    On Wednesday, top seed Chong Wei hardly raised a sweat when he disposed of Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-7, 21-13 in just 35 minutes.Lee Chong Wei is the last Malaysian man standing in the Maybank Malaysian Open men's singles, after both Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren bowed out in the first round.

    Lee Chong Wei is the last Malaysian man standing in the Maybank Malaysian Open men's singles, after both Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren bowed out in the first round.

    He will take on former world junior champion Wang Zhengming of China in the second round on Thursday.

    Chong Wei is once again the sole survivor in the men’s singles after both Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng were sent spinning out of the tournament.

  • Korean Open: All out except Chong Wei, V Shem-Khim Wah (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was on fire, as usual, but it was yet another first round stinker for national champion Chong Wei Feng in the Korean Open in Seoul.

    Defending champion Chong Wei breezed past local hopeful Son Wan-ho 21-11, 21-18 despite the chilly conditions on the courts on Wednesday.

    Wei Feng showed that he still has a lot to learn in terms of adapting to treacherous playing conditions en route to falling to an 18-21, 11-21 defeat to towering Russian shuttler Vladimir Ivanov in 35 minutes.

    It was his second straight first round loss in an international tournament, following the shocker at the Myanmar SEA Games last month.

    Chong Wei, clearly not too pleased at seeing his compatriot fall so early, offered some words of wisdom.

    “It’s not ideal to see Wei Feng lose so early... he certainly has a lot to learn still,” said Chong Wei.

  • Wei Feng faces towering hurdle at Korean Open (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: December was a month of high and low for world No. 13 Chong Wei Feng.

    The Kedahan was down in the dumps after a shocking first round defeat at the Myanmar SEA Games, but recovered well to win his first national title in his career.

    Now, he is eager to start the year on a high when he takes to the court in the first round of the Korean Open in Seoul on Wednesday.

    The scrawny Wei Feng, who has improved by leaps and bounds despite the Myanmar shocker, is fired up for a good result with places for the Thomas Cup, to be held from May 18-25 in New Delhi, India, at stake.

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