Badminton News (18/11/2013)

On November 17, 2013, in Badminton News, by Andrew Chang

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.

Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong holding the runner-up's mock cheque beside champions Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong after losing the China Open doubles final on Sunday. - AFP

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 .

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