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Professional player Misbun Ramdan who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia in January, has performed significantly well this year as he clinches his 4th international title last Saturday. Misbun Ramdan Misbun is currently under the guidance of his father Misbun Sidek who is a legendary coach and player in Malaysia. Misbun Ramdan has won the Portugese International, Forza Slovenia International and Hellas International in Greece this year.
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However, another independent player who has performed quite well without a coach is Tan Chun Seang, reaching the final Vietnam Open last Sunday and winning the Canada Open a few months back.
These 2 players seems to be performing way better than the players from the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
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Upcoming star of India badminton PV Sindhu who recently won the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2013 last week is on the verge of ruling the badminton world. She has gained so much confidence after winning the Grand Prix Gold and settling a bronze medal at the recent world championship in Guangzhou.
She has never beat the reigning World Champion Ratchanok or Saina Nehwal, but is confident of beating Ratchonak in their next meeting as their last meeting when down the wire in Hon Kong Open last month. PV Sindhu stated in an interview she’ll be a complete player in a year time.
On Sunday in Macau Open Grand Prix Gold 2013, Malaysia ranked number 2 Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong won their first ever men’s doubles title. It was a perfect giver for their former coach Paulus Firman who guided them for almost a year. Paulus Firman will be leaving back to his home country this Wednesday due to family problems.
Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong who is the world number 10 and should be climbing up the rankings after this win and seeded 2nd in this tournament pulled of an upset to world number 8 and the number 1 seeeds Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin of Taiwan, winning 21-16, 21-19. I think it’s a great win for Hoon Thien How who was in the national for over a decade and has been changing partner since winning the world junior title in 2004 with Tan Boon Heong.
Another cheer in the tournament would be the young upcoming star in the women’s singles event, 18-year-old starlet P.V. Sindhu in the women’s singles final. She scored a 21-15, 21-12 win over Michelle Li to deny the Canadian
31 years old and world number 1 Lee Chong Wei seems to be to fast and at the another level with former Indonesia number 1 Sony Dwi Kuncoro, winning 21-13, 21-9 in just 34 minutes. Sony Dwi Kuncoro who has suffered from a back injury a few years back has showed a little light that he is back in the game but Lee Chong Wei was just at another level for the former Olympic bronze medallist. Lee Chong Wei claimed his 51st career title and his 34th Super Series title, and is on a roll to finish the year 2013 with a bang! by winning the his 7th title at the Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December.
Meanwhile in the men’s doubles division, the newly combination of Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeong Song is the next Olympic and World Championship medal prospect winning the title 12-21, 21-15, 21-18 in a hard fought match against compatriot and another rising star of Kim Sa Rang and Kim Ki Jun. The young combination of Kim Sa Rang and Kim Ki Jun displayed superb speed and power that leaves Lee Yong Dae and his partner clueless at point, but due to Kim Sa Rang and Kim Ki Jun inexperience which cost them the match in an hour hard fought battle.
Chris Adcock-Gabrielle White of England became the first married couple to win a Super Series event defeated China’s Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin 21-14, 24-22 for their first Super Series title.
Lee Chong Wei schooled Chong Wei Feng in the second round of the Hong Kong Open 2013 after both them disposes India’s future star K. Srikanth 21-18, 21-14 in just 30 minutes and Japan’s No. 2 player Sho Sasaki 21-8, 21-12 in 36 minutes respectively. Sea Games bound Chong Wei Feng still shows that he has a big gap between he and Lee Chong Wei. World number 1 destroyed the 26 years old Chong Wei Feng in just 27 minutes with the score 12-21, 18-21. The 26 years old, so called elite Malaysia badminton player Chong Wei Feng has to definitely stepped up his game is he hopes of taking the gold in the Sea Games.
Despite ranked in the top 16 of world rankings he has showed no significant results in his long 9 years as a national player and been training everyday with world number 1 Lee Chong Wei. Lee Chong Wei has set up a meeting with the new France Open 2013 champion Jan O Jorgensen who is trying with the filled the shoes of Peter Gade who retired from the sport last year.
Daren is out of action for the rest of year
There will be only 2 representative men’s singles players in the Hong Kong Open 2013 from the Malaysian camp. Malaysia number 3, Liew Darren who had just pulled out of the tournament yesterday; which is on the eve of the tournament. Liew Darren will begin his long rehabilitation programme who suffered a hamstring injury at the China Open last week. Liew Darren was tipped to meet top Japan’s player Kenichi Tago. Meanwhile, Lee Chong Wei and Chong Wei Feng will be meeting each other in the second if they managed a win over first round opponents; K. Srikanth of India and Sho Sasaki of Japan respectively.
In the qualifying rounds, newly formed Tan Wee Kiong-Vivian went down 18-21, 17-21 to Tang Chung Man-Ng Wing Yung of Hong Kong in their opening match. However, Chong Wei Feng is being optimistic about winning the gold at the Sea Games 2013 in December. As top players will be competing at the Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur. This is the first Sea Games for Chong Wei Feng after serving 8 years in the national team. The last Malaysian who won the Sea Games would former world number 1 Roslin Hashim in the 2001 edition.
Indonesia have the option of sending Tommy and two-time men singles champion Simon Santoso (2009 and 2011) for the SEA Games while Thailand may have to send some new faces.
Revived Chong Wei ready for battle at the Hong Kong Open 2013
After a string of disappointments, losing the World Championship finals to Lin Dan and the All England in March and the Denmark Open 2013 last month to Chen Long. World number 1 Lee Chong Wei is ready for action after skipping the China Open 2013 last week. Lee Chong Wei had a hectic schedule since the 2012 London Olympics. He has been competing in leagues and non stop internal tournaments and event. Hopefully the 1 week rest would give sufficient time to actually rest and ready to finish the year with a bang!
Lee Chong Wei has not won more than 6 Super Series title in a year since the tournament début in 2007. Lee Chong Wei who skipped the China Open last week due to an old ankle injury which he picked up last year at the Thomas Cup. The 31 years old World number 1, is expecting to clash with young top badminton prospect Chen Long in the final of the Hong Kong Open 2013. Chen Long who is looking good to take over the living legend Lin Dan.
Unlike Chong Wei, his arch rival Lin Dan is currently in semi retired mode since winning the World Championship a couple of months back the fifth time! I think it’s a good to have sufficient time to rest especially at this age! At this age, spending time with family is good for the morale and the mind not to get drained up just like Chong Wei. Just like any top prize fighters in boxing. They only compete once or twice year and still get performed well during match day. That’s because usually when they were younger they compete more and when you go grow older rest is important. Lee Chong Wei should do that and wait for the next Champion to emerged to challenge him and Lin Dan.
Another surprise for the Hong Kong Open 2013 this week, we will see the reigning Olympic and former 4 times World Champion Cai Yun and Fui Hai Feng reuniting back. They had been split up a few months back due to a drop of form since winning the London Olympic Games 2012 last year and had been labelled too old to shoulder the flag. After splitting up the pair and partnering them with younger players hasn’t proved much resistance yet in the badminton world.
Independent player Mohd Arif captures first career title
The Badminton Association of Malaysia has 4 players in 2 events at the final of Malaysia International Challenge 2013 in Kuching, Sarawak. Chooi Kah Ming and Teo Ee Yi in the men’s doubles and Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho in the women’s doubles event. The only player that saves Malaysia from being embarrassed as a host is non other than independent men’s singles shuttler Arif Latif who is currently ranked 4 in the Malaysia. Arif Latif left Badminton Association a few months back to venture the life of an independent player. He has to overcome many obstacles such as training schedule, sparring partners, proper guidance which the national body has. Arif Latif shows that he’s on a roll beating Indonesia’s Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin 21-12, 21-13 in the men’s singles final fairly easy for his first-ever career title. Lets just hope he could sustained and project drive and perseverance for better results in his badminton career.
Indonesia captures 3 of out the 5 events in the Malaysia International Challenge 2013, where as Malaysia and Chinese Taipei captured one each. This is a great sign that Indonesia is rising back to the top after Indonesia living legend took the post as coaching director early this year. Other nations has to be on their toes, especially Malaysia to be a force to be reckoned with once again like dating back 20 to 15 years ago.
In the China Open, Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong hopes of winning their first super series title when to dust. Hoon and Tan were getting badminton lessons, 13-21, 12-21 by newly forged pair of South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong in just 30 minutes. Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong scored their biggest win in the 1st round over former All England Champions and world number 3 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.
Where as, in the other events China took three events, the men’s singles by Chen Long, women’s single by Olympic Champion Li Xei Rui and top seeds XiaoLi Wang and Yang Yi in women’s doubles event. In the mixed doubles, reigning world champions Lilyana Natsir and Ahmad Tontowi of Indonesia showed that winning the World Championship was no fluke, showing their strong mentally like a champion wining over 4th seed Joachim Fischer and Christina Pedersson in a hard fought battle 21-10, 5-21, 21-17 .
Former internationals Arif Latif and Former
World Junior Champion Mak Hee Chun shines at the
Malaysia International Challenge 2013, Kuching
Former internationals Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Mak Hee Chun shone the brightest in the Malaysia International Challenge in Kuching on Friday.
World No. 50 Arif, who left the national team last year to venture into the world of professional badminton, defeated Indonesia’s Grinting Anthony
21-8, 21-15 to reach the men’s singles semi-finals.
He will take on Ashton Chen of Singapore on Saturday for a place in the final. The 24-year-old Arif was the only men’s singles shuttler left to carry
the flag for Malaysia in men’s singles categories as all the other players – Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Choong Yee Han failed to make it through
Reigning Asian junior champion Teck Zhi was sent packing 15-21, 15-21 by Indonesia’s Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin in just 30 minutes, while Joo Ven gave a better account of himself before going down fighting to Ashton 21-19, 17-21, 17-21 in an hour and 14 minutes.
Yee Han, who was promoted to the national team in January this year, came very close to being the star of the day but squandered a match point before going down to top seed Derek Wong of Singapore 21-16, 23-25, 11-21.
Former national doubles shuttler Hee Chun, who was dropped from the national team in 2011, rose to the occasion with his scratch partner Lu Ching-yao of Taiwan when they defeated Duang Bao Duc-Nguyen Hoang Nam of Vietnam 21-13, 21-15.
They will take on Indonesians Selvanus Geh-Alfian Eko Prasetya next.
Malaysia is assured one ticket in the finals with fifth seeds Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han taking on qualifiers Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi on Saturday. Kah Ming-Ee Yi pulled off a great show by beating higher ranked Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang 23-21, 21-16 in 30 minutes.
Wei Feng’s gallant run ends in Shanghai as expected
Chong Wei Feng’s gallant run at the China Open came to an end in the semi-finals as world No. 2 Chen Long proved to be one hurdle too many.
Wei Feng, ranked No. 17 in the world had been on fire in Shanghai, defeating top players like Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensom boonsuk and Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro
en route to making the last four.
All England and Denmark Open champion Chen Long however was a different class as Wei Feng went down 18-21, 7-21 in 47 minutes.
The Kedahan did give a fight though, as he briefly led 11-10 in the first game before the Chinese ace stepped up a gear.
That put a dent in Wei Feng’s confidence and he simply ran out of ideas in the second game.
Chen Long will go on to meet either compatriot Wang Zhengming or Japanese youngster Kento Momota in the final.
“I just lost my momentum in the second game,” said Wei Feng.
“I think I got my strategy wrong as well. I should have stuck with a simpler game instead of thinking of how to get points from Chen Long.
“In the second game, I made too many mistakes early on and the gap got too big eventually.”
Chong Wei Feng has not really shown much hope of Malaysia Badminton as he has no significant results.
“He just didn’t have enough in the end,” said Rashid.
“But I am not disappointed. He put up a good fight and overall, his performance has been very satisfying in this tournament.”
Wei Feng will now prepare for the Hong Kong Open which starts on Tuesday – his final tournament before the SEA Games.
Meanwhile in the men’s doubles, South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong stayed on course for their second title together after edging out Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa-Hiroyuki Endo in the semi-finals.
The Koreans who bagged the Denmark Open title last month, won 19-21, 21-19, 21-11 and will face either Cai Yun-Chai Biao or Malaysia’s second ranked pair – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong for the title.
China however will be assured of the women’s singles title after a resurgent Wang Shixian thrashed Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasetsuk 21-13, 21-5.
She will go on to meet either world No. 1 Li Xuerui or rising star Han Li for the title.
Tine Baun’s stunning career ends on a high, with a three game victory over Ratchanok Inthanon to claim the women’s singles title in her final match. China claimed three titles on finals day, with Indonesia claiming the fifth title on finals day with Ahmad and Natsir.
Chen Long Defeats Lee Chong Wei
Lee Chong Wei’s perfect run in 2013 was ended by Chen Long in the men’s singles final, with the 2nd seeded Chinese player claiming his first All England title in two games, winning 21-17, 21-18 for the first of the Chinese titles this week.
Liu and Qiu defeated the Japanese pair of Endo and Hayakawa in the men’s doubles in a one-sided final, with the unseeded Chinese pair winning 21-11, 21-9 for their first All England title. Wang and Yu made it three titles for the Chinese squad as they defeated another Chinese pairing, Cheng and Zhao in cialis professional two games.
Ahmad And Natsir Retain Title
The second seeded Indonesian pairing of Ahmad and Natsir successfully defended their All England title against the Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao. They took the advantage early in the first game with a run of six consecutive points to turn a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 lead which they didn’t give up, winning the first game 21-13. The second game was a closer encounter but the Indonesian pair won the second game 21-17 to retain their mixed doubles title.
Baun Caps Off Career With Victory
Tine Baun claimed Europe’s only title this week with a three game victory over one of the rising stars of the game, Ratchanok Inthanon. The 53-minute match was Baun’s final match of her career and it was the perfect ending to one of Europe’s most successful player, with Baun winning the match 21-14 16-21 21-10.