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KUALA LUMPUR – Despite the absence of top national shuttlers in the upcoming 2017 SEA Games (KL2017), the national team are optimistic and will give their best performance.

Malaysia chef de mission, Datuk Marina Chin said every athlete chosen was training hard to do well at the Games.

“For badminton, we have a balanced number of senior and junior players, and we can see that they have a high fighting spirit,” she said while visiting the athletes, here, today.

Three Malaysian Rio Olympics silver medallists, Datuk Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles and doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong together with Zulfadli Zulkiffli will not be competing in the upcoming SEA Games as the dates clash with the 2017 BWF World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Meanwhile, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director, Morten Frost Hansen said the injuries on world junior champion 2015, Goh Jin Wei was not serious after two MRI scans.

“She will recover fully by the time the tournament is being held,” he said.

The 17-year-old, who aggravated an ankle injury at the Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta on Monday, is now recovering and is optimistic to be able to play at KL2017.

— BERNAMA

ABMA PANS RV MO

 

SHAH ALAM – Badminton singles national head coach Datuk Misbun Sidek and national champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei will collaborate in producing the country’s best players.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) President Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said Chong Wei’s experiences during Misbun’s absence from the BAM fold would facilitate the 57-year-old’s duty to identify the potential of existing young players.

“I put complete trust in both of them to make a plan to produce the best male singles players if Chong Wei retires one day,” he said.

PETALING JAYA – National doubles coach Jeremy Gan believes that men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong must be given more time and support as they seek to rediscover their best form.

The world No. 6 were the biggest disappointment for Malaysia in their recent Sudirman Cup campaign in Gold Coast, Australia.

The Olympic silver medallists lost twice to Japan’s world No. 5 Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda as Malaysia exited the competition in the quarter-finals.

Malaysia lost 3-1 in the last eight to Japan.

Their poor showing has also prompted Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria to call for their partnership to be reviewed after the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August.

“It’s true they didn’t play well at the Sudirman Cup. They’re also struggling with consistency,” admitted Jeremy.

“There are several reasons for that. For a start, V Shem has been a little distracted with his wedding plans.

“And we have Wee Kiong struggling with a right knee injury. It swells when he pushes too hard during training and that restricts his movements.

“He’s been having this problem for a while. He’s undergone a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and there seems to be a meniscus problem.

“Still, they fought hard in Australia … it’s too early to give up on them.”

Jeremy may have a point there.

“Even some of the top pairs like All-England champions Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong of China (mixed doubles) and Japan’s Olympic gold medallists Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (women’s doubles) – lost when they were under pressure.

“V Shem-Wee Kiong are aware of their weaknesses and are working hard to get their act right.

“With enough time and the right support, I’m sure they will make a strong comeback at the world meet,” said Jeremy.

Barring any more injuries, V Shem-Wee Kiong will compete in the Indonesian Open in Jakarta from June 12-18.

They are seeded fourth and will face Thailand’s Kittinupong Kedren-Dechapol Puavaranukroh in the first round. – The Star Online

KUCHING – National men’s junior doubles pair Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi notched up a surprise win over sixth seeds Mads Conrad Petersen/ Mads Kieler Kolding of Denmark to advance to the second round of the Malaysian Open badminton tournament here.

The first round action at the Stadium Perpaduan in Petra Jaya here today, saw Yew Sin/Ee Yi fight for a gruelling 62 minutes before defeating the world number seven pair, 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.

China duo, Fu Haifeng/Zheng Siwei, who beat Russians Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov 22-20, 17-21, 21-14 in the first round, await Yew Sin/Ee Yi in the second round tomorrow.

Speaking to the media after the match, Yew Sin said they felt no pressure during the match, and believed the Danes appeared more tensed.

He added they would give their best as all the doubles pairs this time around were among the world’s best. – BERNAMA

Malaysia's Challenge Ends At Swiss Open Badminton Meet

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s challenge at the 2017 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament fizzled out after the only players standing, Vivian Hoo Kah Mun/Woon Khe Wei, lost in the quarter-finals match late Friday (Saturday in Malaysia).

Third seeded pair Hoo/Woon suffered an upset after losing 18-21, 21-8 and 15-21 to the seventh seeds, Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen of Denmark, in the women’s doubles event of the tournament held at the St Jakobshalle Indoor Arena near Basel, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website, www.bwfbadminton.org.

Malaysia’s challenge in three other events – the men’s singles and doubles and the women’s singles – fizzled out after the players were defeated by their respective opponents in the preliminary round. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying followed national singles ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei into the All England Badminton Championships finals in Birmingham tomorrow.

The duo swept aside Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino from Japan, 21-17, 21-15 in straight sets at the Barclays Arena, Saturday.

They are set to face Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong of China, who beat England’s Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock 19-21, 21-12, 22-20.

Earlier, Chong Wei beat Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 10-21, 21-14, 21-9 to edge closer towards a fourth All-England title. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttler Lee Chong Wei is out of the All-England badminton championships in Birmingham from March 7-12 after picking up an injury during training.

On Monday, national coach Hendrawan confirmed that the world No 1 tore the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) on his left knee.

The 34-year-old Chong Wei slipped and fell on the brand new badminton mat placed on the courts at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara on Saturday.

The national team moved to the new national training centre on Tuesday last week.

Hendrawan said that it was a disappointing start to the season for the three-time Olympic silver medallist.

“He was so fired up for training after the Chinese New Year but now he is injured. It’ll take three to six weeks for him to recover,” said Hendrawan.

“He’s out of the All-England for sure. At this age, one of the big challenges is injury. We hope he’ll recover,” he added.-The Star Online

 

PETALING JAYA – Men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are just one step away from ending the year on a high.

On Saturday, the world No. 1 pair put up a fabulous show to beat Chai Biao-Hong Wei of China 21-18, 21-16 in just 37 minutes to reach the men’s doubles final at the World Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.

They will take on Japan’s Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda in the final on Sunday.

Takeshi-Keigo dumped Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark 21-17, 21-19 in a convincing 50-minute men’s doubles semi-final.

National doubles coach Jeremy Gan said the final match could go down the wire.

“It’ll be a tough match. The Japanese pair won the Hong Kong Open last month and are in good form here. It could go either way,” said Jeremy.

“Our pair have to stay focused. The record is 1-1 between them and hopefully, our pair will pull through,” he said.

Japan also enjoyed a good day in the women’s doubles when Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi reached the final and set up a meeting with China’s promising pair Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan.

Viktor Axelsen kept the flag flying high for Denmark when he crushed Son Wan-ho of South Korea 21-17, 21-19 in 55 minutes to reach the men’s singles final.

The 21-year-old Axelsen, who defeated Lee Chong Wei a day ago, will face Tian Houwei of China.

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

Men’s singles: Tian Houwei (Chn) bt Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 21-17, 19-21, 21-13; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-17, 21-19.

Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den) 21-17, 21-19; Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong bt Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 21-18, 21-16.

Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Sun Yu (Chn) 21-19, 21-19; Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) bt P.V. Sindhu (Ind) 21-15, 18-21, 21-15.

Women’s doubles: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-12, 21-11; Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) 23-21, 22-20.

Mixed doubles: Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) bt Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) 21-19, 17-21, 21-9; Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-14, 21-18. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – National men’s singles player Zulfadli Zulkiffli played better than the other foreign competitors, but still struggled to advance to round two of the French Open badminton championship.

Zulfadli, now ranked 33rd in the world, defeated Huang Yuxiang from China in 24-22, 12-21 and 22-20, taking one hour 13 minutes, early today at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris.

In the second round today at 5.45pm local time (Malaysia is ahead of France by six hours, Zulfadli is scheduled to meet Son Wan Ho of South Korea after the sixth seeded beat Lin Yu Hsien of Taiwan in 21-19 and 21-14.

However, national second singles player Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and national professional player Chong Wei Feng, failed to advance to the second round after losing to their opponents last night.

In addition for Malaysia, world number one player Datuk Lee Chong Wei pulled out of the French Open on Wednesday after failing to recover from a hamstring muscle injury picked up at the Denmark Open last week.

Also advancing to the second round are national mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing who will meet second seeded Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto of Indonesia.

Kian Meng and Pei Jing had earlier beaten English pair Ben Lane-Jessica Pugh in 21-19 and 21-16 in the first round on Tuesday. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian professional shuttler Liew Daren continued his smashing performance by advancing to the last four of the Taiwan Masters Grand Prix Badminton Championship held at the Hsing Chuang Gymnasium in Taipei, today.

The 29-year-old, who is a former national shuttler, whitewashed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia; winning in 11-8, 11-3 and 11-2 in the quarterfinals of the tournament which uses the 11 points scoring format, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website;www.bwfbadminton.org.

Daren will meet the hosts shuttler Lin Yu Hsien in the semifinals tomorrow. Lin, the fifth seed, defeated compatriot Hsueh Hsuan Yi;11-6, 6-11,11-6 and 11-6 in another quarterfinals match.

Another ex-national player, Tan Chun Seang, however, was knocked out from the tournament after losing 11-6, 4-11, 15-13, 5-11 and 9-11 to the top seed, Hsu Jen Hao of Taiwan.

Two national women’s doubles pair also made it to the last four after edging out their respective opponents.

Unseeded pair Lim Yin Loo/Yap Cheng Wen pulled off a suprise after knocking out the second seeds, Poon Lok Yan/Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong;11-5, 11-9 and 11-4 while Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean scored a hard-fought 15-14,13-11, 9-11, 9-11 and 11-9 win against Ayako Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata of Japan.

The country’s challenge in the women’s singles,however, fizzled out after the only player left standing, Tee Jing Yi, the second seed, lost 6-11, 7-11 and 6-11 to fifth seeded Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

For the record, Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s doubles ended yesterday after the only pair left standing, Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub/Jagdish Singh lost in the second round.

Malaysia did not send any representatives in the mixed doubles event in the tournament which offers total prize money of US$55,000 (RM230,715). – BERNAMA