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Despite being 31 years old, Malaysia’s golden boy and world number 1 Lee Chong Wei managed to pull through the tough battles at the Yonex All England Champpiobship 2014, winning the title for the third time yesterday.
Lee Chong Wei’s tough battles begun during his semi-finals match up against young Korean’s next top men’s singles prospect Son Wan Ho.
The world number 11 Son Wan Ho has been slaying giants from the first round, choking up wins against much reputable players like Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark, Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia, Kenichi Tago of Japan.
Throughout the tournament Son Wan Ho, played tremendously well with great retrieval abilities and fast pace and swift of wrist like smashes.
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The 25 years old Korean lad, has been over shadowed by Korean top players like Park Sung Wan and the legendary Lee Hyun Il. Son Wan Ho managed to push Lee Chong Wei all six corners of the court, which leaves Chong Wei breathless at some points of the match.
Son Wan Ho was overpowered by the experience Lee Chong Wei towards the end of long tough battle, Lee Chong Wei won 14-21 21-19 21-15 in 1 hours and 11 minutes.
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However in the finals Lee Chong Wei meets defending champion Chen Long. Chong Wei has been loosing to China’s replacement of Lin Dan, Chen Long numerous times consecutively.
The 2nd seeded Chen Long, who has been struggling his form from the first round of the tournament and has been playing long tough match throughout the tournament did not show any sign of fatigue during his match up in the finals.
Chong Wei put up a solid performance and lighting fast pace acceleration, to leave Chen Long wrong footed at some points of the match. Chen Long did not put down his guard even though he was trailing 5 to 6 points at the early stages of the match but managed to close it up neck to neck with Chong Wei.
Lee Chong Wei was leading 18- 13 in the second set but did not loose focus as he was gasping for air during intervals. At 20-18 Lee Chong Wei played extremely patient and increased his pace towards the front court when opportunity arises.
When the point reached 21 in the second game Lee Chong Wei screamed in delight winning the match 21-13 and 21-19 in 59 minutes.
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Defending Champion and the next prospect of China badminton Chen Long struggles in the opening round of the prestigious and the historical All England Championship 2014 to former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen. Chen Long who has been labelled by the public, that he’s the only one who can spoiled the number 1 seed and World number 1 Lee Chong Wei’s mission to win his 3rd All England title.
Chen Long has vowed to step up his game in the following round but was faced by a steep challenge from Japan’s Takuma Ueda but managed to pull through a win 21-14, 22-20 in a 52 minutes battle. Chen Long will be facing yet another Dane, Hans Kristian Vittinghus in the quater-finals. Hans Vittinghus is known to be a great fighter and he would run all corners of court. Hans Vitting who just reached the finals of the German Open 2014 last week, certainly would like to continue his gallant run in the international circuit.
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However in the other top half of the draw, Japan’s youngster Kento Momota will be facing Lee Chong Wei in the quater-finals. The 20 year old and former Asian Junior Champion is one of the next generation of players displayed great maturity and experience to disposed England’s old timer Rajiv Ouseph 21-15, 21-10 in 40 minutes. Kento Momota has been labelled by many, that his game and style is quite similar to the living legend Lin Dan as both are left handed and inherited a superb attacking and face pace styles. Both Kento Momota and Viktor Axelssen were around the same badge and great rivals with Malaysia’s Zulfadli, Soo Teck Zhi and Soong Joo Ven, but Malaysia’s youngsters were no where to seen in the main draw.
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Meanwhile in the mens doubles department, the newly crowned Malaysia Open Super Series Premier 2014 Champion Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem showed that they still have long way to go in the badminton world. Khim Wah and V Shem went down to Denmark’s and number 3 seed Mathias Boe and Casten Morgensen 21-23, 11-21 in 40 minutes, whom they defeated at the Malaysia Open in January.
It certainly shows that the Malaysia pair is not that stable yet and the Danish pair won the game by experience and great game plan. Mathias Boe and Casten Morgensen stepped up their game this time with better consistency and brilliant attacking game to extract a sweet revenge against Khim Wah and V Shem.
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Malaysia’s legendary coach, Misbun Sidek puts the decisions of making a come back to the national set up on hold. He is now focus in guiding his son Misbun Ramdan. Misbun Sidek is currently now in Europe coaching his son Ramdan Misbun who is participating back to back tournaments like the German Open and Austria Open.
Misbun Ramdan who performed quite well last year winning 5 international title, but went down to 8th seed Takuma Ueda of Japan 14 – 21, 17-21 in 39 minutes. However, Ramdan managed to score a win against much experienced Indonesia’s Andre Kurniawan Tedjono 23-21 19-21 24-22 in 1 hour 10 minutes.
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Meanwhile at men’s doubles department, dad to be Koo Kien Keat who was once Malaysia’s favourite and electrifying men’s doubles player has been attacked by the media and former players for not performing well since the London Olympics as they last won a Super Series title in 2010.
Koo Kien Keat sent in his resignation letter last week and has yet to receive a decision from the BAM. For a matter of fact Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong ruled the men’s doubles world in 2006 to 2010. Winning numerous titles and were the Asian Games and All England Champion.
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In December of 2011, Malaysia’s legendary coach Misbun Sidek (left in the picture above) walked out of the Badminton Association of Malaysia due to disagreement with the coaching committee which was headed by Ng Chin Chai who is a lawyer by profession and has no idea of being a badminton player or a coach.
Ng Chin Chai currently serving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as a secretary. Ng Chin Chai stepped down as head of training and coaches committee in the end of 2013 but nothing has changed.
Since Lee Chong Wei’s former coach left the BAM, Malaysia’s badminton has been going downhill. Now Malaysia is in a desperate need of revival as one the power house in the world of badminton like before.
Last week World Number 1 Lee Chong Wei proposed to hire his former coach Misbun Sidek as a coaching director when he attended the Corporate Skills and Research (CSR) meeting chaired by current BAM’s president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff. It would be a hurdle to persuade the Malaysian legend to take up the job as he seems to be really unhappy until he had to leave BAM in 2011 after serving as a coach since 2003.
Since leaving the BAM in 2011, Misbun still hasn’t lost touch in the game as he is coaching his son, Misbun Ramdan which who has won 5 international titles last year in 2013.
In 2003, Misbun Sidek was the head coach of Badminton Association of Malaysia as he was approached by BAM after Korea’s living legend Park Joo Bong’s contract ended.
Misbun Sidek is the most qualified Malaysia’s coach around as he has earned much respect from players in the national team and of course from the public as well. For a matter of fact, Malaysia has only 5 world number 1′s in the history of badminton.
House hold names like Foo Kok Keong, Rashid Sidek, Roslin Hashim, Wong Choong Hann and Lee Chong Wei were all being guided and coached by Misbun Sidek.
It would be a stepping stone, to hire Misbun Sidek as a coaching director to revive Malaysia Badminton.
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Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah were crowned the new Malaysia Open 2014 Champions after defeating China’s young pairing of Chai Biao and Hong Wei 21-19 , 21-18 in 45 minutes. The duo who has split up 3 times over their career, played like an experienced champion. They use the 25,000 home supporters which packed the whole stadium to their advantage. Despite a few weak low serves by Khim Wah, the duo managed to keep their composure with superb control by Khim Wah and great attack from V Shem. Definitely a great start for the new year for these two young lads from Malaysia, hopefully they are able to mantain their superb performance and polish up for future triumphs!
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Defending champion mixed doubles pairing of Christina Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen failed to defend their title when they lost 11-21, 21-17, 13-21 to China’s Xu Chen and Ma Jin. Xu Chen played superbly well with his furious attacks which left the Danish pair clueless in the rubber game. Nevertheless, at some point of match in the rubber games, there were dispute between the chinese pair but managed to capture their 5th premier Super Series title.
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Tommy Sugiarto put up some resistance in the first set against world number 1 Lee Chong Wei. Tommy started off the match with superb defence and well improved smashes. Tommy Sugiarto who is the most improved men’s singles player in the past 12 months, left the 9 times champion Lee Chong Wei gasping for air through out the match. Lee Chong Wei stepped up and finish off the match with a 21-19, 21-9 win in 47 minutes and became the Malaysia Open champion for the 10th time!
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Malaysia’s men doubles pair of Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem brought joy to the Malaysia camp as they became the first Malaysia’s men doubles pair to reached the finals of the Malaysia Open since 2010 by Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem stomped in the finals by defeating Indonesians Angga Pramata and Ryan Aggung Saputra 22-20, 21-16
The Malaysian boys almost let their chances slipped by their hands, when they were executing unforced errors and weak service, but they stepped up especially for Lim Khim Wah who was the mastermind in setting up the rally for Goh V Shem killing shots and sent the crowd into a frenzy!
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Jan O Jorgensen who was hoping to give the 9 times champion Lee Chong Wei a good fight but it went down into a disappointing fashion for himself and the badminton fans, retiring 0-3 after loosing the first game 13-21. World number 1 Lee Chong Wei will be meeting Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, who defeated Japan’s number Kenichi Tago in straight games 21-13 and 21-18.
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The gallant run of Japan’s qualifier Akane Yamaguchi ended, in the women’s singles quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open 2014. Akane who became the youngest ever Super Series Champion lost to more experience Korean women’s shuttler Bae Yeon Jun 15-21.16-21 in 39 minutes. Bae Yeon Jun who was the winner of this tournament 4 years ago, seems to be overpowering the young Japanese player with accurate smashes and chop, alongside with superb shuttle control which pushed the young Japanese to all corners of the court. Akane who had trouble dictating the rallies, probably due to lack of experience despite fighting till the end. Truly a prospect to look for in the near future.
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In the men’s doubles event, Malaysia’s only hope in this category of Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem managed to extract a sweet revenge against England’s Chris Langdrige and Peter Mills who defeated their team mate of Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong in the first round. The young Malaysian lads played brilliantly to stomped into the semi finals, winning the match 21-16 and 21-14. They will be meeting Indonesian dark horses Angga Pramata and Ryan Agus Saputra in the semi finals. The Indonesian who earlier beaten the favourites of Korea superstars Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong in straight games, 22-20 and 21-16.
Truly heartbreaking for Malaysia’s mixed doubles fans, the number 6th seed Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying displayed great skills and perseverance but went down fighting to Jordan Praveen and Debby Susanto 21-18, 17-21,22-24.
The last year finalist, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon were actually 1-10 down in the deciding game. All thanks to Jordan Praveen’s blistering and steep angle smashes. Jordan Praveen is truly a next prospect for Indonesia’s doubles department. He has the tricky skills similarity of non other than former world champion Sigit Budiarto.
However, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon managed to stay in there and kept putting pressure on their younger Indonesian opponent and they managed to score the game first match point, but maybe due to nerves and excellent deceptive and double motion shots of Jordan Praveen, which left Goh Liu Ying a little confuse to kill the shots at the front court.
Here’s Goh Liu Ying showing great dissapointment at the parking lot area after a nerve wrecking match which had the crowd at the edge of their seats. Great effort but in was in vain. Goh Liu Ying, who is still delima on whether to get an operation on her long time knee injury which got worse over the past couple of months.
Meanwhile in the men‘s singles, World number 1 Lee Chong Wei live up to expectations as Malaysia’s hero by winning his match in style 21-17, 21-18 against China’s number 4 player Wang Zheng Ming. Wang managed to display some resistance but Chong Wei is at another level.
The match that kept the home supporters roaring through the night was Malaysia’s sole survivors pair of Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem in men’s doubles event. Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem were 16-20 down in second game but managed to pull through and won the match 21-19, 25-23 against Thailand’s pair of Maneepong Jongjit and Nipitphon Puangpuapech. Despite having some weak serves from Khim Wah and was being fault multiple times from the umpire, Khim Wah displayed great defensive control and while V Shem displayed brilliant attacking game.
The 1st round of the Malaysia Open Super Series shown the exits of Malaysia’s players the likes of Chong Wei Feng, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah and other top players. The most heartbreaking is the men’s doubles match when Malaysia’s second pair and the 8th seed Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah lost to Chris Langridge and Peter Mills of England. At one point the Malaysian pair of Hoon Thien How and Lim Khim Wah hold a match point lead in the rubber game 20-15! but lost the match 21,-18,19-21,20-22 which left the home crowd and supporters utterly disappointed. They were leading 20-15 in the rubber game but caused too much unforced errors which made the English pair boost in confidence.
The highlight of the tournament was the match between the reigning World Champion Ratchanok Intanon who was is the 3rd seed and Qualifier and Japan Open 2013 Champion Akane Yamaguchi. Last year, 18 years old Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand became the youngest World Champion ever and 16 years old Akane Yamaguchi became the youngest Super Series Champion, winning Japan Open Super Series 2013.
These 2 top prospect of badminton and future giant of the sport collided last time, and Akane Yamaguchi managed to pulled through and won the world champion 21-18,23-25, 21-16 in 1 hour hard fought match. Akane Yamaguchi who is still studying in high school displayed great maturity and experience which left the world champion Ratchanok clueless at some point of the match. Despite being a little chubby, the teenager Akan Yamaguchi showed great coverage of the court and dictating is rally with great attacking shots. Truly showed great potential and could be the next hall fame-er.
In the men’s singles singles as expected World number 1 and Malaysia’s pride Lee Chong Wei breezed through the first round hurdle against Denmark’s Han Kristian Vittinghus 21-7, 21-13. During the second set, Kristian Vittinghus showed a little aggression but couldn’t keep up with the blistering pace and accurate shots of the world number 1 Lee Chong Wei. In the men’s doubles event 7th seed Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong left the crowd disappointed with poor display and inconsistency in the game losing to unseeded China’s Biao Chai and Wei Hong 17-21, 14-21.
Malaysia second ranked Chong Wei Feng was made to look like a little boy when he faced Japan’s old timer Sho Sasaki 13-21, 19-21. Chong Wei Feng did stepped up his game in the second game but was too late as the Japanese roped in for the win.
While the crowd in the stadium was in disappointment after poor performance of their home players, Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah brought back the joy to the face of the supporters when displayed a brilliant performance which the won their match against the 2nd seeeds Mathia Boe and Carsten Mogensen 24-22, 17-21, 21-18 in an hour match!
Malaysia’s younger and semi retired players eagerly steps in the court. We’ve seen the return of Misbun Sidek, the former coach of World Number 1 Lee Chong Wei. Misbun Sidek was there to coach his son Misbun Ramdan Misbun, since quitting the national team (BAM) 3 years ago. Ramdan Misbun, did well in the first round of qualification defeating former compatriot Goh Soon Huat in a hard fought match 24-2222-20 in 44 minutes.
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Misbun Ramdan who left the national team to be under the guidance of his father who is a legend in badminton as player and a coach, early last year. Misbun Ramdan dug deep in his reserves and put up a great fighting performance but when down to China’s Huan Gao in an hour match 9-21 21-12 17-21. Nervousness and maybe lack of experience cost him the match but won the attention of the crowd and displayed great skills like his father. Huan Gao made a surprise win over much more reputable opponent, non other than Indonesia’s Simon Santoso 14-2124-2221-19 in 1 hour and 20 minutes titanic battle.
Another young player Zulfadli Zuklifi who managed to scored an upset to much more experienced player and Singapore’s number 1 Derek Wong. Zulfadli who was Malaysia’s first World and Asia Junior Champion, which he won 2 years ago; displayed great controlled and understanding of game and won Derek Wong in an almost one sided game 21-1521-18 in the first qualifying round. Zulfadli was tamed by Korean upcoming star Lee Dong Keun in 47 minutes 17-21, 14-21. The Korean proved to be physically over powering the former World and Asia Junior Champion who more soft in physical appearance.
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Another surprise is the return of Hafiz Hashim who was the 2003 All England Champion. The former badminton star of Malaysia, partnered up with former national player Razif Latif and managed to choked up a win with more experienced and doubles specialist Indonesian’s Alvent Yulianto and Japan’s Ikeda Shintaro 16-2121-1521-17 and disposed younger national players Low Juan Shen and Tai An Khang 21-816-2121-18 to qualified to the first round the Premier Super Series event. Hafiz Hashim and Razif Latif gallant run did not last long as they might went out of gas and was outplayed by the 6th seeds Japan’s Endo Hiroyuki and Hayakawa Kenichi 6-21, 7-21 in just 24 minutes in the first round of the tournament.