Tuesday, January 5, 2010

訂下雙冠目標‧妙珠盼2010會更好

(吉隆坡)走過經歷了傷病困擾的2009年,大馬羽球女單一姐黃妙珠在展望2010年時,期望自己能夠找回打球的快樂與贏球的喜悅。

對於新的一年新的開始,妙珠首先希望能遠離傷勢,健健康康地打比賽。

希望遠離傷病

去年,備受膝蓋舊患干擾的妙珠,在各項賽事提早出局,並且遭遇跌出世界排名前20位的低潮期,她希望今年可以不再受傷病困擾。

她說:“我對去年的經歷確實感到失望,我對自己的表現也不滿意,可能我那時經常擔憂膝蓋的傷勢,但現在的情況好多了。”

“雖然我現在還被迫顧及它,但我膝蓋的支撐能力已越來越好,因此,我要求自己在今年能夠取得更好的成績。”

雖然妙珠在2009年初表現下滑,但她在年尾的幾項賽事回勇,取得不俗成績,其中最值得銘記的,就是帶領大馬女子羽球隊奪得彌足珍貴的寮國永珍東運會女團金牌。

妙珠是在去年10月份的中國羽球公開賽開始恢復狀態,她在次圈讓人吃驚地將世界排名第一的中國好手王儀涵斬下馬,創造最大冷門成績;妙珠隨後又在年終超級系列總決賽臨時替補參賽,並一舉奪得冠軍,終於收獲了2009年的首個冠軍。

妙珠說:“我要在今年表現得比2009年更好,我很幸運地在去年最後階段奪得一個冠軍,今年,我希望至少贏得兩個冠軍。

“今年的賽程非常頻密,我們將非常忙碌,除了超級系列賽,還有多項大賽如世錦賽、共運會與亞運會,我希望有更好的表現,超越我此前的成績。”

星洲日報/體育‧2010.01.04

oh yeah!!!keep going mew choo!!!we are proud of u!!
2010,a new start,
wish all the best to mew choo and also mas badminton!!!
MALAYSIABOLEH!!

分手后李宗伟首度开口谈感情 09年留下三大遗憾

搜狐体育讯 下文为马来西亚媒体《星洲日报》对目前世界排名第一李宗伟的专访:

  2009三大遗憾

  挥别2009,迎来2010,在迎新送旧的当儿,也是大马体坛红人的李宗伟为自己去年的表现自评80分的同时,也希望新的一年是个十全十美的赛季,一切圆圆满满,不再留下遗憾。

  尽管以7座冠军告别了2009年,这是李宗伟职业生涯至今收获最丰的一个赛季,但他回首过去的一年,心头仍有三大遗憾。

  2010盼破大赛冠军荒

  展望2010年,面对比赛任务更为繁重的一年,李宗伟许下了新年愿望,希望能夺下过去未曾收揽账下的冠军,并希望可实现参与中国联赛的目标。

  他说:“有句话说十全十美,我希望2010年的到来,可让我迎向一个完美的赛季,也希望我的队友们同样有一个完美的赛季,我们一起努力,尤其是5月在吉隆坡举行的汤尤杯并肩奋战,取得所预期的目标。”

  所谓一日之计在于晨,一年之计在于春,如今2010年伊始,李宗伟通过《星洲体育》为自己的2009年作了简短的总结,同时也列出了新年争冠大计,另外他无可避免的谈到了最大竞争对手林丹,亦少有地提起了自己的感情生活。

  展望2010终极目标:争取大赛冠军

  最艰巨的挑战:膝盖伤势,目前旧伤还未完全痊癒,我自去年底的超级赛总决赛之后就争取时间养伤,同时也在这段期间为新赛季做准备,希望新的一年不要再受到伤势纠缠,让我能发挥出自己的极限。

  最想拿下的冠军:过去没有夺下的冠军,新的一年我都想尝试去争取,2010年比赛很多,全英赛、汤杯、亚运会、共运会(2006年夺取团体与男单双冠)、世锦赛我都会尽力去冲冠,希望今年能够有所突破。

  最想打败的对手:我当然想打败所有对手,最想打败的还是他吧,林丹,他同样也想击败我。

  谈中国联赛:希望今年加盟

  李宗伟希望2009年底半途喊停的中国俱乐部职业联赛之旅,能在2010年成行。

  李宗伟去年底在香港公开赛期间透露将加盟广州俱乐部,成为中国联赛身价最高的外援,一度引爆成为马中羽坛的热门话题。

  不过,由于在去年12月中旬举行的中国联赛排名赛与寮国东运会撞期,在舆论压力下,李宗伟最终放弃飞往广州参赛,同时也在膝伤困扰下最后一分钟决定弃战东运会,留在吉隆坡养伤和备战新赛季。

  盼与羽总达成协议

  李宗伟表示,他希望新的一年能与大马羽总取得协议,以获准参加5月下旬展开的中国联赛,他认为这对他将是不错的体验。

  “我希望可在不影响国家利益的前提下参加中国联赛,藉机与更多中国好手切磋,以赛代练,我在国家队缺少陪练是不争的事实。”

  “我相信中国联赛在赛期的安排上不会与国际大赛撞期,因为中国的国家队主力们也将参加联赛,而他们也和我一样需要在国际赛期间为国效力。”

  谈感情:目前处于空窗期

  李宗伟首度开腔谈感情,他称自己目前处于感情空窗期,但他现仍专注于羽球事业,因此新的一年并不急于改变现状。

  将于今年10月满28岁的李宗伟,去年底中国公开赛期间被爆与队友黄妙珠已结束长达11年的恋人关係,恢复单身。

  李宗伟与黄妙珠过去曾是大马羽坛的金童玉女,和中国羽坛神鵰侠侣林丹与谢杏芳一样成为佳话,如今两人分手,他们的感情新动向也受球迷所关注。



Monday, January 4, 2010



Eh-Hem

hey readers,anyone of you met before badminton player at outside????

If yes,pls share with us in the shoutbox,thanks!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy new Year 2010

Sorry guys,I've abandoned this blog for a few months... It’s just that I can’t find a spare time to update you guys .Hope you guys understand...

Anyway...i will try my best to give the latest news of our malaysia badminton team to u all!!

Wishes u guys all the best in this brand new year,2010,yea!!



okay,well...these are the latest news that i wanna share v u!


Chong Wei gets chance to start year on a high note


A favourable draw coupled with the absence of Olympic and world champion Lin Dan from the Korean Open has put Lee Chong Wei in a good position to secure a great start to the year.

The season-opening Super Series championships from Jan 12-17 in Seoul marks the return of the world No. 1 to competition after pulling out of the Laos SEA Games last month because of a knee injury.

For Lin Dan, he will make his first appearance for the year in the Malaysian Open, which will be held the week after the Korean Open.

However, China will still have a strong singles cast in the Korean Open with Chen Jin, Bao Chunlai and Chen Long in the fray.


Chong Wei: The world No. 1 will open his Korean Open campaign against Andrew Smith of England

Chong Wei is in the same half of the draw as third seed Chen Jin and he starts his campaign in Seoul against Andrew Smith of England. In the same quarter are Marc Zwiebler of Germany and Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.

The other half of the draw has Chunlai, Chen Long, South Korean Park Sung-hwan and top Dane Peter-Gade Christensen.

It was Christensen who denied Chong Wei his first Korean Open title last year.

Chong Wei bagged a total of six titles last year, including a successful defence of the Super Series Masters Finals in Johor Baru last month and singles chief coach Rashid Sidek hopes the shuttler can continue from where he left off.

“It has not been easy for any player to achieve what he did last year even though he missed the major titles, including the world championship,” he said.

“Even in the absence of Lin Dan, the pressure is still on him as everyone is out to beat the world No. 1. Chong Wei had ample time to recover and should be ready for the challenges.”

Rashid also hoped that the back-up shuttlers would be able to make the most of the opportunities given to them.

Besides Chong Wei, Kuan Beng Hong and Chong Wei Feng are also in the main draw but they are staring at early exits.

Wei Feng has a first-round match against Christensen while Beng Hong meets a qualifier, who is likely to be Liew Daren, and has Sung-hwan in his path in the second round.

Tan Chun Seang and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif are likely to slug it out for a place in the main draw.

Super Series Masters Finals winner Wong Mew Choo is the only Malaysian in the women’s singles competition and she has a tough opening match against second seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong. In the same half of the draw are upcoming Chinese talent Wang Shixian and world champion Lu Lan.

Malaysia are not represented in the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles events.

Courtesy of The Star


The Latest World Ranking:


BWF WORLD RANKING DATE: 31 DECEMBER 2009 MENS SINGLES Ranking BWF ID Lastname Firstname Gender Country Points Tour 1 50152 LEE Chong Wei M MAS 81771.06 15 2 50906 LIN Dan M CHN 71344.58 8 3 10337 HIDAYAT Taufik M INA 65060 12 4 6926 GADE Peter Hoeg M DEN 63455.18 12 5 51592 CHEN Jin M CHN 62260 10 6 51599 SANTOSO Simon M INA 56480.04 13 7 50427 DWI KUNCORO Sony M INA 55212.04 11 8 51274 Bao Chunlai M CHN 53500 11 9 51324 PARK Sung Hwan M KOR 52926.67 11 10 54431 Jorgensen Jan O M DEN 52307.81 17 11 14107 NGUYEN Tien Minh M VIE 50310 13 12 75787 CHEN Long M CHN 49620 12 13 11959 PONSANA Boonsak M THA 47391.75 14 14 4240 WONG Choong Hann M MAS 43650 18 15 51306 CHAN Yan Kit M HKG 42262.6 18 16 11691 ANAND Chetan M IND 41169 20 17 15751 HSIEH Yu Hsin M TPE 40330 14 18 51053 PERSSON Joachim M DEN 38050.49 11 19 14869 HU Yun M HKG 37930 13 20 6967 PALYAMA Dicky M NED 37806.64 15 21 63707 TAGO Kenichi M JPN 37461.6 14 22 50858 Zwiebler Marc M GER 37208.45 16 23 12370 HASHIM Muhammad Hafiz M MAS 36900 11 24 51613 Ouseph Rajiv M ENG 34383.33 18 25 8396 WACHA Przemyslaw M POL 34040.6 15 26 50905 SASAKI Sho M JPN 32707.37 14 27 10319 Pang Eric M NED 32640.06 16 28 52738 TEDJONO Andre Kurniawan M INA 32250 11 29 14078 SMITH Andrew M ENG 31937.22 21 30 66990 Rumbaka Dyonisius Hayom M INA 31560 10 31 15319 BHAT Arvind M IND 30731.51 20 32 55380 DU Pengyu M CHN 30040 9 33 53944 KASHYAP P M IND 29910 17 34 52968 Leverdez Brice M FRA 28861.11 18 35 53753 Vittinghus Hans-Kristian M DEN 28580 13 36 54513 SAENSOMBOONSUK Tanongsak M THA 28150 17 37 51310 SRIDHAR Anup M IND 27960 17 38 9662 NG Wei M HKG 27870 13 39 53119 Baxter Carl M ENG 27330 18 40 15453 Lang Ville M FIN 27232.62 15 41 15172 Mikkelsen Peter M DEN 26560 12 42 54346 SHON Wan Ho M KOR 25910 10 43 53825 Thomsen Christian Lind M DEN 25380 19 44 51598 PAWAR Anand M IND 24290 16 45 53011 Lo Ying Ping Matthieu M FRA 23765.75 19 46 54897 CORDON Kevin M GUA 23710 12 47 52030 CHONG Wei Feng M MAS 23550 11 48 52983 HSUEH Hsuan Yi M TPE 23360.72 12 49 9166 LEE Tsuen Seng M MAS 23250 10 50 51531 Must Raul M EST 23107.84 13



BWF WORLD RANKING DATE: 31 DECEMBER 2009 WOMENS SINGLES Ranking BWF ID Lastname Firstname Gender Country Points Tour 1 53938 Wang Yihan F CHN 76831.43 15 2 53937 Lin Wang F CHN 65472.2 13 3 10358 RASMUSSEN Tine F DEN 64068.7785 11 4 9699 PI Hongyan F FRA 63792.32 17 5 7821 ZHOU Mi F HKG 60812.16 14 6 14874 Yanjiao Jiang F CHN 59540 10 7 53057 Lan Lu F CHN 57490 10 8 52748 NEHWAL Saina F IND 55444.43 17 9 13475 Schenk Juliane F GER 45322.0345 17 10 51520 Wang Xin F CHN 45240 7 11 5882 WANG Chen F HKG 44127.2 11 12 83064 WANG Shixian F CHN 41600 8 13 5564 YAO Jie F NED 41525.313 13 14 50728 PONSANA Salakjit F THA 41495.11 14 15 12765 NEDELCHEVA Petya F BUL 41428.3138 19 16 14710 FIRDASARI Adrianti F INA 39657.23 13 17 51649 YIP Pui Yin F HKG 39451.82 18 18 50254 Xingfang Xie F CHN 39010 6 19 15409 HWANG Hye Youn F KOR 35131.35 10 20 11769 WONG Mew Choo F MAS 34626.23 12 21 53806 ZHANG Beiwen F SIN 34500 15 22 6115 Diehl Ella F RUS 34071.0502 14 23 77317 SATO Sayaka F JPN 33888.06 14 24 51396 BAE Seung Hee F KOR 33340 12 25 6964 Meulendijks Judith F NED 33120.48 15 26 54531 GOTO Ai F JPN 32640 15 27 66974 Kusumastuti Maria Febe F INA 32310 9 28 15417 HIROSE Eriko F JPN 31820 9 29 54357 KIM Moon Hi F KOR 31340 13 30 51281 Zhu Lin F CHN 29210 8 31 52103 CHEAH Lydia Li Ya F MAS 28490 12 32 12818 EGELSTAFF Susan F SCO 28468.38 13 33 54532 TARUNO Megumi F JPN 28120 14 34 51368 Griga Larisa F UKR 27928.3866 15 35 15712 WONG Julia Pei Xian F MAS 27840.94 7



BWF WORLD RANKING DATE: 24 DECEMBER 2009 MENS DOUBLES Ranking P1MemberID P1Lastname P1Firstname P1Gender P1Country P2MemberID P2Lastname P2Firstname P2Gender P2Country Points TOUR 1 14288 KOO Kien Keat M MAS 52703 TAN Boon Heong M MAS 74779.26 14 2 53426 JUNG Jae Sung M KOR 52774 LEE Yong Dae M KOR 69077.47 9 3 50420 KIDO Markis M INA 51074 SETIAWAN Hendra M INA 68888.79 11 4 50292 BOE Mathias M DEN 51304 MOGENSEN Carsten M DEN 65393.42 11 5 11354 CHANDRA Alvent Yulianto M INA 11401 GUNAWAN Hendra Aprida M INA 55230 16 6 7575 PAASKE Lars M DEN 9578 RASMUSSEN Jonas M DEN 51289.51 11 7 50251 CAI Yun M CHN 51729 FU Haifeng M CHN 51263.66 6 8 7759 CHOONG Tan Fook M MAS 7760 LEE Wan Wah M MAS 48570 13 9 14607 Guo Zhendong M CHN 51620 Xu Chen M CHN 48100 11 10 9819 CLARK Anthony M ENG 7572 ROBERTSON Nathan M ENG 44898.93 10 11 53613 CHEN Hung Ling M TPE 53614 LIN Yu Lang M TPE 43121.2 14 12 6783 Bach Howard M USA 3181 Gunawan Tony M USA 42674.6 10 13 12356 GAN Teik Chai M MAS 50714 TAN Bin Shen M MAS 42180 15 14 52749 AHSAN Muhammad M INA 52742 SEPTANO Bona M INA 41755 13 15 13137 ABDUL LATIF Mohd Zakry M MAS 50147 MOHD TAZARI Mohd Fairuzizuan M MAS 40450 9






Wednesday, September 16, 2009

黄妙珠情场球场两失意 亲口证实已与李宗伟分手

  新浪体育讯 “是的,我跟李宗伟是分手了!”接近采访的尾声,还是有人将这个“残忍”的问题抛给了黄妙珠。在刚刚结束的2009年中国羽毛球大师赛上,她以17-21、13-21负于中国选手蒋燕皎,而球场失意的她也坦率承认自己已和相恋九年的男友李宗伟正式分手。

  黑色的绷带牢牢缠绕在黄妙珠的右膝,自从2007年中国公开赛上连克五名中国选手问鼎女单冠军之后,她便陷入了与伤病的痛苦角力之中。

  从2007年以来一直比较低沉,最好的成绩也不过是四强。“因为我的伤,影响到我的训练也不系统、步伐不到位、出球的质量也不高。到现在我的脚 稍微好一些了,但由于老是输球,太久没有胜了,自信已经没有了,现在就是要慢慢找回那种信心,把自己好的东西找出来。”在首轮与东道主选手蒋燕皎的对决 中,黄妙珠以0-2败下阵来。

  她耐心分析了输球的关键所在,“多拍的时候精力下降了,自己也比较着急,不耐心;人有点累的时候她突然打快球,我一时反应不过来,就很容易失分 了。比起前段时间,我的状况慢慢回来了,虽然这场输了但自己的水平还是打出来了,只是不耐球,回去让自己的能力再慢慢训练回来。”

  尽管从其他渠道已经得知了马来西亚“情侣档”分道扬镳的消息,但大家都未从当事人口中得到相关的证实。在错过了李宗伟的采访之后,有记者抓住了最后的机会。“是的,我跟李宗伟是分手了!那时候还没有只是有点矛盾,现在是确实分手了。”向来对媒体有问必答的黄妙珠,这次也没有逃避,只是淡淡的忧伤依旧隐藏在她的神情之中她客气地回答道,“还好啦,都已经过去了……”说完了这句,黄妙珠仿佛陷入了对往事的回忆默默地拾起地上的球包,转身离去。










OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Who can helps them to back together...

李宗伟黄妙珠结束9年恋情 同场练球再见亦朋友

一个网前救球失败,球打飞滚到了球网外侧。两人同时跨步向前,抬头相视一眼,黄妙珠停住了脚步而李宗伟弯腰拾起了球。如果是在从前这一幕颇有些“郎情妾意”的默契,但如今已经确定分手的他们只留给了大家对其劳燕分飞的唏嘘不已。

作为马来西亚男女单打的头号选手,李宗伟和 黄妙珠的恋情一直被广大球迷们津津乐道。“那时两人都还小,我17岁,她16岁了,因为都在国家队训练,每天都能见面,就这样认识了。”尽管两人最初的恋 情并不被黄妙珠家人看好,最终仍顺利得到了祝福并在2007年时正式公布了恋爱关系。在2008年雅加达举办的汤尤杯期间,黄妙珠的父母还首次出国为女儿 和李宗伟现场加油。

“将来的事情谁也不知道,年轻人变化很大 的。以前他们还在学校时,她的姐姐告诉我他们在交往的事情,那时我是不同意的,因为那时两人都很小,应该专心读书。现在他们都大了,经常在外比赛,两个人 在一起能互相照顾,也挺好的。”当时黄妙珠父亲接受笔者采访时曾经如是回忆道,没想到一年之后不幸言中了两人的“情变”。

尽管已经不再是情侣关系,但两人还需要一同出征各地的比赛。在今天下午的训练课上,两人更是同场进行训练。首先是李宗伟“以一敌二”面对教练米斯本和黄妙珠的挑战,中场短暂的休息后黄妙珠则与李宗伟更换了位置。

与李宗伟时而为某个好球大 喝一声或者为判断失误而做怪表情不同,黄妙珠始终绷着一张脸,神情木然,更是难得见到一丝笑容。结束了一个多小时的训练,李宗伟和黄妙珠分坐地板两端进行 着放松,全程没有任何交流。心理医生、物理治疗师、按摩师、技术分析师、赞助商和教练将李宗伟团团围住,黄妙珠则一人安静地拆着右膝的绑带。

“一会你们要采访宗伟吧”,倒是黄妙珠主动 向笔者问候,相恋九年来的亲切称呼一时还难以改口。“(今年的世锦赛他输得挺可惜的。)没关系啦,过去了就往前看好了。”一丝礼貌性的笑容在她的嘴角浮 现。“你们就不要再往她伤口上撒盐了。”一位向笔者证实两人分手消息的知情人这样说道。确实,现在的黄妙珠需要的是时间来慢慢抚平伤痛、走出情殇。





OMG!!!!!!!!!Is that real????????????I dun wan they break up!!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Choong Hann Knocked Out In Final


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann had to be contented with runner-up position when he lost to Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh in the men's singles final of the Taiwan Open badminton championship here Sunday.

According to the tournament's website, Choong Hann lost to Tien Minh in straight sets of 11-21 and 14-21.

Yesterday, the 32-year-old Malaysian had succeeded in knocking out Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat in 21-18 and 21-16 in the semifinal.

Last week, Choong Hann also had to play bridesmaid when he lost to compatriot Datuk Lee Chong Wei in 21-15, 21-19 in the Macau Open final.

The last time Choon Hann won the Taiwan Open was in 2003 when he beat Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the final.

The mixed doubles title was won by Indian pair Valiyaveetil Diju/ Jwala Gutta after they defeated Indonesian pair Hendra Aprida Gunawan/ Vita Marissa in 23-21, 21-18 in the final.

The hosts bagged two titles -- women's singles and mens doubles.

In the women's singles, Shao Chieh Cheng defeated Seung Hee Bae of South Korea in 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 while their men's pair of Hong Ling Chen/Yu Lang Lin defeated Hong Kong pair Yohan Hadikusumo Wiramata/Wai Hong Wong in 14-21, 21-12, 21-19.

China only took the women's doubles title when their world 17th ranked pair Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen defeated the Indonesian-United States combination pair of Vita Marissa/Mona Santosa in 21-14, 21-9.

-- BERNAMA

Thursday, August 27, 2009

No future being in comfort zone


2009/08/25

K.M. Boopathy

LEE Chong Wei and top doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were back to winning ways in the Macau Open but in all honesty, it's nothing much to shout about.

Malaysian fans are used to seeing the national players achieve success on a regular basis in Super Series and grand prix events, so Macau was not that exciting.

Although it is good that Chong Wei, the World No 1, and Kien Keat-Boon Heong proved that their recent failure in the World Championships in Hyderabad didn't have a psychological effect on them, it also shows that they can perform when the pressure is off as most of the big guns were missing in Macau. This mentality will probably ensure they remain in their comfort zones and fail to meet the high expectations and the mental test one encounters in the Olympics or World Championships.

It looks impressive to see Chong Wei winning his fifth international crown in eight months but a major title is still missing from his resume.


And winning the Macau Open could have a reverse effect on Chong Wei as he may not want to come out of his comfort zone and this could stop him from achieving his true potential the bigger tournaments like next year's World Championships in Paris and beyond.

Where Kien Keat-Boon Heong are concerned, each an every one of their success only underlines the fact that they have been a wasted talent thus far and they too should start shooting for bigger titles.

While Chong Wei on his day can beat the best, the performances of Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong, and the elite back-up shuttlers have been found wanting yet again. They have been with the national squad for more than three years and are still struggling to make a breakthrough, some have even lost to China's junior players like Wang Zhengming and Gao Huan and this is a major cause for concern.

While recently hired Indonesian coach Hendrawan is known for turning average players into quality internationals, after being with the elite back-up shuttlers for a month, he knows he has his work cut out for him.

Hendrawan has to turn their fortunes around fast or start looking to younger talents like Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Zulfadli Zulkifli, Syawal Ismail and Misbun Ramdan Misbun instead of putting too much hope on the stagnant elite back-up shuttlers.

Players like Tan Chun Seang, Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng and Arif Latif have had numerous chances over the last two years and if they continue to fail, should be phased out to make way for the younger players before they too fall into a rut.

Chance for Khim Wah-Peng Soon to establish their partnership

Wednesday, 26 August 2009
By LIM TEIK HUAT

Attention will be on whether young Malaysian pair Lim Khim Wah-Chan Peng Soon can maintain the momentum of a fairy-tale run in the Thailand Open last month at the Taiwan Open beginning today.

In only their first appearance in a men’s doubles final of an Open tournament in Bangkok, Khim Wah-Peng Soon upset seasoned campaigners and top seeds Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah.

They defeated another former top Malaysian pair, Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng, in the quarter-finals and turned the tables on Ma­­­laysian Open runners-up Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan of Indonesia in the semi-finals.
Crucial test: The Taiwan Open will be Chan Peng Soon (left) and Lim Khim Wah’s second international tournament this year. — Bernama

The Taiwan Open is their second international outing for the year and Khim Wah-Peng Soon have another shot at proving why their partnership should be retained.

Ironically, they again have Chong Ming-Choon Eng and the third seeded Indonesian pair in their half of the draw.

Also in the same half are world championship runners-up and top seeded Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung of South Korea. And national doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang said that he would consider it an impressive outing if Khim Wah-Peng Soon could make it to the semi-finals.

“They won a Grand Prix title in their first appearance in a final but we should not read too much into that. Their consistency and mental composure are not as steady as our more established pairs, among them Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boong Heong,” he said before leaving with the players for Taiwan on Monday.

“They play without any pressure in the men’s doubles as they also have roles to play in the mixed doubles. Their partnership is not permanent and we will evaluate them after a few tournaments. It will be great if they can have another good run ... we are not putting too much pressure on them.”

The other Malaysian doubles pairs in the fray are Ong Soon Hock-Hoon Thien How, Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen, Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong and second seeds Tan Fook-Wan Wah.

In the men’s singles, seniors Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong together with four back-up players Liew Daren, Tan Chun Seang, Chong Wei Feng and Arif Latif, who are under the charge of Indonesian Hendrawan, will be out to make amends for their disappointing outing in the Macau Open last week.

Hafiz is not expected to face any trouble in the first round where he meets a qualifier while the second round should also be easy as he is likely to play against Japan’s Koichi Saeki.

However, he is not expected to get past the third round in a probable match against second seed Park Sung-hwan of South Korea. Hafiz was also shown the exit at the same stage in Macau.

Beng Hong should clear the first two rounds but it will be tough for him in an expected third round match against Indonesian Andre Kurniawan Tedjono.

Wei Feng, who plays against a qualifier in the first round, is not expected to get past the second-round match against Sung-hwan.

Daren is expected to face a tough time today against Hong Ji-hoon of South Korea while Chun Seang has an uphill task to get past top seed Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia. Macau Open runner-up Wong Choong Hann, seeded sixth, will be gunning for another final appearance from the same half of the draw.

Courtesy of The Star

Monday, August 24, 2009

Wong Choong Hann still BOLEH!!!

WCH
Hooo~~finally I defeated Chen Jin..
Tired Man


In my opinion,although WCH defeated by LCW in Macau Open...but I think WCH was doing much better than LCW...WCH keep on smashing...smash...smash...GOOD JOB!!!WCH.!!!!KAMU MASIH BOLEH....












WMC is soo pretty

Macau Open...

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World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei won the men's singles title at the Macau Open when he beat compatriot, veteran shuttler Wong Choong Hann in the final of the championship today.

In the first set, Chong Wei won 21-15 before Choon Hann put up a stronger fight, but Chong Wei denied him victory by scoring 21-19 in a match that took 36 minutes.

With this victory, Chong Wei redeemed his loss to Athens Olympics 2004 champion Taufik Hidayat in last year's Macau Open final.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's No. 1 pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong won the men''s doubles title when they defeated fellow Malaysians Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah with scores of 21-14, 17-21, 21-12 in 34 minutes.


The women's doubles title went to China's Du Jing-Yu Yang who beat another Chinese pair of Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen 21-16, 21-11 in a match that took only 23 minutes.

China took the mixed doubles title when their pair He Hanbin-Yu Yang beat the Indonesian pair of Hendra Aprida Gunawan-Vita Marissa in 21-14, 21-9.

The women's singles title also went to China Wang Yihan who beat compatriot Jiang Yanjioa in scores of 16-21, 22-20, 21-12 in 59 minutes. - Bernama

Sunday, August 23, 2009

FINAL!!!!!!

RESULTS -- (all S-Finals) Men's Singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 21-18, 22-20; Wong Choong Hann (Mas) bt Chen Jin (Chn) 21-13, 6-21, 21-11.

Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) bt Chai Biao-Zhang Nan (Chn) 21-14, 21-16; Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (Mas) bt Wifqi Windarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan (Ina) 21-13, 21-15.

Women's Singles: Jiang Yanjiao (Chn) bt Wang Chen (HK) 21-9, 21-14; Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Juliane Schenk (Ger) 23-21, 21-7.

Doubles: Du Jing-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Zhang Dan-Zhang Zhibo (Chn) 21-10, 21-17; Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen (Chn) bt Gao Ling-Wei Yili (Chn) 21-13, 21-18.

Mixed Doubles: He Hanbin-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Mikkel Delbo Larsen-Mie Schjott Kristensen (Den) 21-14, 21-10; Hendra Gunawan-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Chen Zhiben-Zhang Jinkang (Chn) 24-22, 17-21, 21-13



Wohoo........i'm quite surprised dat Wong Choong Hann defeated Chen Jin in Semifinal..Good LUCK!!!

Macau Open 2009

Lee Chong Wei(He is soo cute babe)
Misbun giving some advices 2 LCW
Lee CW in action..
kkk&TBH
These are the photos of Macau Open 2009...Wish them good luck in FINAL...AZA AZA FIGHTING!!!

Side News








the top 2 pictures is our player's signature,cool right??N I think Wong Mew Choo is quite beautiful....do u guys think so??

Malaysians dominate Macau

Sunday, 23 August 2009

K.M. Boopathy

IF only this was the World Championships held in Hyderabad last week.

That could be the thought of the national shuttlers as the men's singles and men's doubles will feature all-Malaysia finals in the Macau Open today.

World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, who crashed out in the quarter-finals of the world meet in Hyderabad, was unruffled as he snatched a 21-18, 22-20 win over former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the semi-final encounter which lasted 38 minutes.

Wong Choong Hann seems to have turned back the clock when he toppled a tired-looking Chen Jin of China, silver medallist in last week's World Championships, 21-13, 6-21, 21-11 in 40 minutes to set up a clash with Chong Wei.
Wong Choong Hann surprised Chen Jin.
Wong Choong Hann surprised Chen Jin.


It was revenge for Choong Hann who was given a thrashing by Chen Jin in the third round last week.

Men's doubles World No 2 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who fell in the semi-finals in Hyderabad, secured an easy 21-14, 21-16 win over Chai Biao-Zhang Nan of China. They will meet compatriots Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah in the final.

Tan Fook-Wan Wah, dumped in the first round in Hyderabad, defeated Indonesia's back-up pair Wifqi Windarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan 21-13, 21-15.

National team manager Hau Kim Tho, in a telephone interview from Macau, said Chong Wei looked exhausted but the title should be in his bag today.

"Chong Wei should not have problems although the two weeks probably have taken a toll on him. Choong Hann will be boosted by the win but an upset doesn't look possible tomorrow (today)," said Kim Tho.

"Chen Jin really looked exhausted and it is good that Choong Hann took advantage. The good thing is that we have already confirmed both titles and the only surprise we can expect is in the men's doubles which can go either way."

Tan Fook-Wan Wah started the event by beating the United States' Tony Gunawan-Howard Bach who had sent the Malaysian pair packing in the World Championships.

They won the India Open but lost in the Thailand Open last month. Wan Wah is looking forward to taking the fight to Kien Keat-Boon Heong.

"This is our third final of the year and hopefully, we can go on to win the title. However, Kien Keat-Boon Heong are playing very well here and have secured their victories so far in straight games and it is going to be tough," said Wan Wah in a telephone interview from Macau.

"We played them in the final twice in 2007 where we won at the Asian Championships but lost in Macau. We will try to turn it around this time."

RESULTS -- (all S-Finals) Men's Singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 21-18, 22-20; Wong Choong Hann (Mas) bt Chen Jin (Chn) 21-13, 6-21, 21-11.

Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) bt Chai Biao-Zhang Nan (Chn) 21-14, 21-16; Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (Mas) bt Wifqi Windarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan (Ina) 21-13, 21-15.

Women's Singles: Jiang Yanjiao (Chn) bt Wang Chen (HK) 21-9, 21-14; Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Juliane Schenk (Ger) 23-21, 21-7.

Doubles: Du Jing-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Zhang Dan-Zhang Zhibo (Chn) 21-10, 21-17; Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen (Chn) bt Gao Ling-Wei Yili (Chn) 21-13, 21-18.

Mixed Doubles: He Hanbin-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Mikkel Delbo Larsen-Mie Schjott Kristensen (Den) 21-14, 21-10; Hendra Gunawan-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Chen Zhiben-Zhang Jinkang (Chn) 24-22, 17-21, 21-13.

Courtesy of New Straits Times

Showdown in Macau again

Saturday, 22 August 2009

K.M. Boopathy

WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei, hoping to make up for the disappointment of last week's World Championships in Hyderabad, has set up a semi-final showdown with former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the Macau Open.

Chong Wei, who fell in the quarter-finals in Hyderabad, faced no problems against India's Chetan Anand yesterday and secured a 21-10, 21-14 win in 26 minutes.

Taufik, whp had an easy 21-16, 21-14 win over Hsieh Yu Hsing of Taiwan in 31 minutes, will not lack confidence against Chong Wei, having beaten the Malaysian in the final last year.

Veteran Wong Choong Hann also put a forgettable World Championships campaign behind him by beating Arvind Bhat of India 21-19, 18-21, 21-6 in 52 minutes to enter the last four.
Lee Chong Wei (left) and Taufik Hidayat will meet in the semi-final of the Macau Open.
Lee Chong Wei (left) and Taufik Hidayat will meet in the semi-final of the Macau Open.


Choong Hann will set up a rematch today against second seed Chen Jin of China, whom the Malaysian lost to in the third round of the World Championships last week.

Chen Jin defeated Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-10, 21-19 in a quarter-final match.

Men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, the World No 2, closed in on their fourth title of the year when they reached the semi-finals with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China in 23 minutes.

They will next meet another pair from China Chai Biao-Zhang Nan, who toppled Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng 19-21, 21-16, 21-17 in 53 minutes.

Veterans Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah also continued their fine run by beating Hwang Ji Man-Kim Ki Jung of South Korea 21-15, 21-13 and will play Indonesia's Wifqi Windarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan, who beat Sun Junjie-Tao Jiaming of China 21-19, 21-16 for a place in the final.

Razif Latif-Woon Khe Wei crashed out in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles when they were beaten 21-12, 20-22, 21-15 in 44 minutes by Indonesians Hendra Gunawan-Vita Marissa.

Q-FINAL RESULTS -- (Malaysia unless stated) Men's Singles: Lee Chong Wei bt Chetan Anand (Ind) 21-10, 21-14; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Hsieh Yu Hsing (Tai) 21-16, 21-14; Wong Choong Hann bt Arvind Bhat (Ind) 21-19 18-21 21-6; Chen Jin (Chn) bt Hu Yun (HK) 21-10, 21-19.

Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bt Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Chn) 21-13, 21-14; Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah bt Hwang Ji Man-Kim Ki Jung (Kor) 21-15, 21-13; Chai Biao-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng 19-21, 21-16, 21-17.

Women's Singles: Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Yip Pui Yin (HK) 12-21, 21-8, 21-17; Juliane Schenk (Ger) bt Sung Ji Hyun (Kor) 21-18, 21-5.

Doubles: Du Jing-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Helle Nielsen-Marie Ropke (Den) 21-13, 21-7.

Mixed Doubles: Hendra Gunawan-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Razif Latif-Woon Khe Wei 21-12, 20-22, 21-15.

Courtesy of New Straits Times

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Julia Wong's injury









Still remember our women's single player-Julia Wong???Due 2 her leg injury,she could not participate any tournament for this year.Oh ya,she injured her knee when playing in Sudirman Cup..Sigh~~Hope she get well soon.Let's give her fully support!!!Julia Wong boleh!!!Malaysia Boleh!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Conversation with the Champion



Part 1

The first name that pops into any Malaysian mind at the very mention of badminton is surely Lee Chong Wei. It's not surprising though, since he is the current World Number 1 singles player.

But how does the young 26 year old feel about the other title that he's recently picked up? "It's truly an honour to be
given the title 'Datuk' after my efforts at the Olympics. Though it still feels weird to hear myself being called that, I am getting used to it somehow," he quoted at an exclusive Maxis luncheon in La Bodega, Bangsar.

The luncheon, which preceded a private photoshoot with his coach Misbun Sidek, served as a casual 'chit chat' session with the young 'Datuk'. Relaxed in his sporty 'chill-out' attire, Chong Wei coolly chatted about his passions and his pursuits for the future.
What drives him forward?

Illustrious titles aside, Lee Chong Wei hasn’t had enough. The passion to keep going is what motivates him to strive forward. "What drives me is my constant need to reward myself. For example, before going to the Olympics I set myself
a goal of buying a house. By setting these goals, I will push myself harder to achieve a win. It’s hard work, but this attitude has taken me far."

His coach Datuk Misbun Sidek also plays a big part in keeping him motivated. An ex badminton champion himself, Misbun is well aware of what it takes to keep the positive energy flowing through a player."He always motivates and encourages me. He is my mentor, as well as a friend. I’ll always ask for his advice on what I need to achieve next."


His role models…

When asked who his badminton role model is, one name came to his mind - Ong Ewe Hock. "Watching him and the others player on the courts, was truly a humbling experience. It was because of them, that I made up my mind to train harder."

Chong Wei also finds inspiration in sports giants such as Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. "I constantly study their games and the way they handle their success. Their positive attitude and patience is inspiring to me."
Is it all about winning?

With a winning attitude and the lust
to learn and gain knowledge, it's no
doubt that Lee Chong Wei will rise
to the top no matter what profession
he's in. But is 'success' all that
matters to him? "I'll definitely feel
happy whenever I win game, and
upset when I lose. But it's always important to remember that the two will always come hand-in-hand. Sometimes winning isn't everything and we just need to let it go."

How did you feel after the Olympic Games?

The Olympic win for Chong Wei was one that made Malaysia truly proud. Winning Silver was a great achievement for the country, but how did the shuttler take the pressure? "The Olympic games was one of the most important ones in my life. I couldn't sleep the nights before every game. All I could think about was how to perform my best. I didn't want to disappoint the people back home. I was very happy that all I got was encouragement when I got back. This made my win more meaningful to me."

2009 resolution and wishes…

Satisfied with his wins so far and learning from his defeats, Chong Wei is looking forward to a greater year in 2009. His resolution is to exceed the successes of the previous year and double the knowledge and experience he has gained so far. Hoping the global crisis will end and the economy to recover swiftly, he also wishes for a stronger year for all Malaysians and that they’ll be able to come out from the crisis greater than before.

Part 2


If there is one thing fans might not know about Lee Chong Wei from the courts, is that he has a remarkable sense of humour. Always able to bring a room to laughter, Chong Wei feels keeping a sunny disposition is the best way to deal with the pressures of being World Number 1.

During an interview at La Bodega, Bangsar, he opened up and shared his thought about himself, his success and his motto for life.
Describe yourself…

So how does Lee Chong Wei
describe Lee Chong Wei? After a
quick chuckle, he simply replied,
"I'm very low profile and I love
to joke and make people laugh."
On dating and family…

So what does the star shuttler do when he's not in training? "Normally I’ll be with my girlfriend. We always attend training together and try to encourage one another to play better." Chong Wei's girlfriend is fellow Malaysian Squad shuttler Wong Mew Choo. He jokingly comments that his favourite dating spot with Mew Choo is "on the courts."

Chong Wei also shares a close bond with his family. "My family has been the driving force of support for me. It was my father who got me started in badminton anyways. I also spend a lot of time speaking to my godfather. Seeking his advice and learning from his experience."
Is there a motto
you live by...

"I still remember a coach told me once, failure is the mother of success. Every time I lost in a tournament, he will comfort me with these motivating words. I still live by these words today."
Money matters…

Lee Chong Wei has already achieved an annual income that exceeded RM1 million. When asked what he'd do with all the wealth in the world, he answered, "I'd go crazy (laughs). I wouldn't know what to do with all that money. To me, health is much more important than money or power."

But you could buy anything you want..."I guess if I had all the money in the world, I'd split it into half. The first half I'd contribute to charity and the second part I'd use to enjoy life


Do you consider yourself successful?

With the many wins and titles on his belt, Lee Chong Wei is undeniably a successful Malaysian sportsman. But what does he think of all his success?

"I consider being ranked as World Number 1 as a remarkable achievement for myself. But there are still others I've yet to achieve. I never let a win go to my head. I use it as fuel to push
me further."
If you weren't a badminton player, what would you be?

"I always imagined myself as a Manager of a business," Lee Chong Wei stated in reply to the question poised at him.
"I never gave serious thought to what
I'd be doing if I wasn't playing badminton. But if I were to think of it, I do see myself managing a business somewhere."

Is coaching on his mind?

Does Lee Chong Wei think of following his mentor’s footsteps into coaching? Right now he is just focused on his game and hasn’t yet heard the calling to coach.

"To me, sports is not a lifetime career. And I've never thought about being a coach when I retire. I might try myself out in another field of profession. But it's still too early to say."

What are his plans for the future?

Aware that a career in sports definitely has a short lifespan to consider, Chong Wei has taken time to plan for his future. With the help of a good friend, he has invested in an IT company.

"It's important for me to plan now for my future. My brother in law helps to run the company now, but when the time is right, I will join him."
Sunday March 22, 2009
Keeping score with a champ
By ELIZABETH TAI



Datuk Lee Chong Wei may be the world’s top badminton player, but the shy young man prefers to keep his personal life out of the limelight. Here, he opens up about his game, his romance with a fellow shuttler and plans for the future.

DATUK Lee Chong Wei can be very intimidating.

Interrupt his practice session and you’ll get a stern look – as this reporter did when trying to get his attention during a brief break during a practice session in Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, recently.

But once the world No.1 singles player puts aside his racquet, it’s a different story.

“Sorry for that,” says Lee with an apologetic smile. “But my coach (Datuk Misbun Sidek) is very strict. I’m scared of him!” he jokes.

The 27-year-old Penangite may be a “terror” on the badminton court, but Lee is a different person away from it: He’s known for his easy-going nature and laidback sense of humour.
His father persuaded Lee Chong Wei to take up badminton although he preferred basketball. Here, the ace plays at the men’s singles second-round match at the All England Badminton Championships on March 5. – AP

Perhaps this is one reason why he is said to be uncomfortable with being called “Datuk”. After he bagged a silver medal in the men’s singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lee was conferred the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri award, which carries the title. According to a report in The Star, Lee thought that his eldest brother, Lee Chong Hoon, was joking when he told him he had received the award – he figured it would only be awarded to gold medalists!

“The first few months (after obtaining the title) I felt a lot of pressure ... I’m just not used to people calling me Datuk,” he says sheepishly in Hokkien.

Well, its certainly been one high-flying year for the youngster. Malaysians have been aware of his feats on the court for some years now – Lee has bagged five Malaysian Open titles and numerous international honours, but it seems winning that prestigious Olympics silver has propelled him right onto the centre of the stage.

A natural talent

With his skills, one would think Lee was weaned on badminton, so the last thing one would expect to hear is how he didn’t like the game when he first started playing at age 12.

“My father liked badminton and taught me how to play. I preferred basketball. But my mother didn’t like me playing (that) because I became so tanned from being out in the hot sun!” he says, grinning.
Lee and Wong Mew Choo have been an item since their school days. Here, the duo wear clothes from Top Shop and Top Man.

“So, my father suggested, ‘Why don’t you play badminton? At least it is indoors.’ So that’s how I started playing – I eventually grew to love it,” he tells.

Lee, who has two brothers and a sister, was the surprise fourth child for Lee Ah Chai, now 56, and his wife, Khor Kim Choi, 55. Many friends and relatives offered to adopt Lee but Khor refused. Her husband was also told by a fortune teller that her youngest son would bring luck to the family.

And how true that prediction has turned out to be. Lee’s talent was apparent from the start and with his father’s encouragement, he joined and won many local tournaments. His hard work paid off when former badminton champ Misbun noticed him and asked him to join the national team in 1997 when he was 17.

As a national player, he studied at Sekolah Sri Garden in Kuala Lumpur with other players. They lived in hostels near the school and had to wake up at the crack of dawn to train until 8am. They then attended classes until 3pm and trained again at 4pm.

But perhaps that crazy schedule has prepared Lee for an even busier one now. Apart from competing in tournaments, the shuttler has to keep in tip-top shape with practices almost every day. He wakes up early and hones his skills in two practice sessions per day, with each session lasting about three to four hours. (Except for Thursday and Saturday, when it’s a “half day’’.)

“Oh, this is the thing I hate most – having to get up so early,” Lee moans.

At school was also where he met then 16-year-old Wong Mew Choo, who would eventually become Malaysia’s No.1 women’s badminton player... and his love interest.
Penang’s Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas conferring the Datukship on Lee after his Olympic win.

“He always borrowed my pen and books, and disturbed people in the class,” says Wong, now 26.

“I didn’t like to study,” retorts Lee, mischeviously.

The two began dating a year after they met in school and have been a couple ever since. But over the years, they have kept their relationship low key until Lee decided to unveil it in a Sept 2008 post on his blog (blog.lee chongwei82.com) under the attention-grabbing headline, “My love story”.

So are there wedding bells for the King and Queen of Malaysian badminton?

“We still don’t know about our future plans,” says Lee. “Mew Choo and I want to concentrate on badminton for the next few years.”

It has certainly been a hard climb to the top for the both of them, but “there’s no choice ... it’s my job, after all. It’s something that needs to be done,” Lee says matter-of-factly.

Wong, adds: “Ninety percent of our life is dedicated to badminton. To get something you must give something. We eat and sleep badminton. Sometimes we feel pressured. But badminton is our nation’s hope.”

Although the sport allows them to travel around the world for tournaments – the duo have been to Beijing, Japan and South Korea together – they do not have much time for sightseeing.

“After finishing (a match), I want to return to KL,” Lee says.

But Lee does make time for friends, however. When he is in Indonesia for a match, he’ll make it a point to hang out with his good friend, top Indonesian badminton player and former world champion, Taufik Hidayat, 27.

“We’ll have dinner or go shopping. We may be opponents in the badminton court, but outside we’re good friends,” he says.

Lee and Wong only get Sundays off, so this is a precious day for the couple.

When asked about what he does during his free time, Lee says, simply: “Rest. And when I watch TV, I’ll nod off soon after.”

“I love shopping, sleeping and watching movies and Korean dramas,” says Wong, happily.

The couple sometimes prowl the shopping malls but being public figures, both are easily recognised by their fans and are often stopped for photographs.

Lee is uncomfortable with the attention and feels torn between the gratitude he feels for his fans’ support and his desire for privacy.

“Sometimes, when I’m resting, I don’t really want to think about badminton,” he explains.

Last year, Lee played in 14 international tournaments – including the Olympic Games.

“Yes, it’s non-stop, right? I am tired, but what to do?” says Lee.

Lee and Wong will be competing next in the India Open in Hyderabad on March 24-29.

Life after badminton?

Despite his achievements, Lee feels uncomfortable about being a “national hero”.

“I feel a lot of pressure ... especially when I lose! But this is the nature of sports,” he says.

It doesn’t help that Malaysians can be quite critical about their badminton players, but Lee takes it in stride.

“People can scold me when I lose, but I accept what people say because everyone’s opinions are different,” he says.

Lee plans to retire after the 2012 London Olympics to run the IT business he has with his brother-in-law. He wants to be a businessman like his father, who once ran an electronics store.

But when asked whether he’ll continue in the badminton world by becoming a coach, Lee first says that he’ll “think about it”. Then shaking his head, he says, “Probably not!”

“I’m too scared of badminton – it’s been 10 years already!” he quips.

Sweet revenge for Wan Wah-Tan Fook

Friday, 21 August 2009
By LIM TEIK HUAT

Seasoned doubles campaigners Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah avenged last week’s World Championships first round defeat to Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan in style by beating the Americans in straight games to enter the quarter-finals of the Macau Open last night.

Wan Wah-Tan Fook, who lost to the 2005 world champions in rubber games last week, turned the tables this time for a 21-15, 21-17 win in just 21 minutes.

The second seeded Malaysians will face South Koreans Hwang Ji-man-Kim Ki-jung, who ousted Indone­sian siblings and sixth seeds Candra Wijaya-Rendra Wijaya 24-22, 15-21, 21-11.

Wan Wah said they had done their homework well after they were humbled by the American top pair, who went on to reach the quarter-finals in Hyderabad.

“We knew we could be facing them in the Macau Open this week and we studied their game on the video.”

It was a good day for the Malaysians as Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng and top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong also advanced.

Chong Ming-Choon Eng defeated Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Ingo Kindervater 21-15, 21-18 while Kien Keat-Boon Heong, the World Cham­pionships bronze medallists, trounced fellow Malaysians Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong 21-9, 21-18.

Chong Ming-Choon Eng and Kien Keat-Boon Heong will bid to make it an all-Malaysian semi-final line-up when they meet Chinese pairs Chai Biao-Zhang Nan and Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan tonight.

In the men’s singles, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Wong Choong Hann marched into the last eight with relative ease but it was the end of the road for Chan Kwong Beng and Mohd Hafiz Hashim.

Chong Wei, who suffered a quarter-finals exit in Hyderabad, took just 29 minutes to beat Gao Huan of China 21-9, 21-7 while Choong Hann chalked up a 21-13, 21-9 win over Hsueh Hsuan-yi of Taiwan.

Chong Wei and Choong Hann have Indian hurdles waiting in the last eight – Chetan Anand and Arvind Bhat – respectively.

Back-up shuttler Kwong Beng’s gallant run ended when he went down fighting 15-21, 21-13, 15-21 to Taiwan’s sixth seed Hsieh Yu-shing while Hafiz lost 19-21, 21-23 to Hong Kong’s Hu Yun.

Malaysian women’s singles player Wong Mew Choo’s campaign ended with a 19-21, 12-21 loss to Wang Chen of Hong Kong.

Mixed doubles pair Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Woon Khe Wei are the only Malaysians in the quarter-finals after beating Chinese qualifiers Zhang Nan-Xie Jing 15-21, 21-19, 21-14.

(Matches involving Malaysians only)

Men’s singles third round: Lee Chong Wei bt Gao Huan (Chn) 21-9, 21-7; Hsieh Yu-shing (Tpe) bt Chan Kwong Beng 21-15, 13-21, 21-15; Hu Yun (Hkg) bt Mohd Hafiz Hashim 21-19, 23-21; Wong Choong Hann bt Hsueh Hsuan-yi (Tpe) 21-13, 21-9.

Women’s singles second round: Wang Chen (Hkg) bt Wong Mew Choo 21-19, 21-12.

Men’s doubles second round: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bt Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong 21-9, 21-18; Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng bt Michael Fuchs-Ingo Kindervater (Ger) 21-15, 21-18; Lee Wan Wah-Choong Tan Fook bt Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan (US) 21-15, 21-17.

Mixed doubles second round: Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Woon Khe Wei bt Zhang Nan-Xie Jing (Chn) 15-21, 21-19, 21-14; Ko Sung-hyu-Yoo Hyun-young (Kor) bt Ong Jian Guo-Chong Sook Chin 21-12, 18-21, 21-11.

Courtesy of The Star

Chong Wei’s biggest threat on the big stage is himself

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

THE World Championships in Hyderabad went on smoothly despite an alleged terrorist threat and fears of the spread of the flu (H1N1) virus.

But in competition, Malaysia’s world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, who was seen as Malaysia’s great hope to nail the elusive world championship title, did not survive a threat from within himself and bowed out tamely again to Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro, this time in the quarter-finals.

Coach Misbun Sidek said that his worst fear came true when the 27-year-old Chong Wei could not handle the high expectations on him and lost focus in his eagerness to win so badly for the country.

“This has been the only concern of the coaches. He has all the skills and techniques but what goes through his mind during a match is beyond the control of anyone, except himself,” said Misbun.

The result was disappointing indeed, considering that the coaches and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had met all of Chong Wei’s demand to prevent him from getting distracted in the few months in the run-up to the championships.

Chong Wei went to South Korea for a 10-day stint. He also had the full assistance of sports psychologist Frederick Tan.

In fact, he even had a suite for himself in Hyderabad. All these were done in a bid to help him stay focused.

The coaches defended that Chong Wei tried his best but if only he had shown more aggression or better fight in his game. Chong Wei knew more was expected of him. He did take the responsibility of his failure and has promised to come out of the disappointment with better performances. One has to be fair to Chong Wei. It is not easy being the only player to be depended on for honours, year after year.

The back-up shuttlers are still not up to the mark and hopefully, the new coach, Hendrawan of Indonesia, can turn things around for Malaysia.

China had more than one player to fight for the honours and it was underlined yet again in an all-China final between eventual champion Lin Dan and Chen Jin.

The doubles department also failed to end the barren run for Malaysia in the championships with Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif coming narrowly close to making it an all-Malaysian final.

It was also a disappointing outing for the world No. 1 women’s pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty. They failed to reach the quarter-finals of the championships for the first time in four outings. And they are still hounded by their lack of consistency.

National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky said: “Winning and losing are part and parcel of the game.

“What is important is to learn from the defeat and come out as stronger players.”

If only Chong Wei and his team-mates were strong enough, they could have withstood internal or external pressures to succeed and become world champions.

Courtesy of The Star

Rexy must give more opportunities to the back-up pairs

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

K.M. Boopathy

IT is hard to believe Malaysia, given the talents at its disposal, has failed to reach the men's doubles final of the World Championships since 1997, and if the performances of the top two national pairs in the semi-finals in Hyderabad are anything to go by, it is easy to understand why.

Winning a major title needs plenty of character and resilience and this is where the Koreans, Indonesians and Chinese have a huge advantage. While Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari are immensely talented, they are sadly lacking in that department.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong have remained an enigma as this is the pair who took the world by storm in 2007 and made their top three rivals -- Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia, Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae of South Korea and Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China -- eat humble pie for several months before their careers took a dive.

Markis-Hendra are now Olympic and world champions, Cai Yun-Haifeng have added an Olympic silver medal to the world title they had already won and Jae Sung-Yong Dae have featured in several World Championships finals.
Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong crumble cave in crunch situations and don’t have the grit to fight back when they are trailing.
Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong crumble cave in crunch situations and don’t have the grit to fight back when they are trailin



Determination and confidence have been the key elements behind the success of these three pairs in close battles while Kien Keat-Boon Heong crumble in crunch situations and don't have the same grit to fight back when they are trailing.

Their coach Rosman Razak aptly put it when he said that "having it (determination and grit) are special traits to succeed in difficult circumstances which cannot be taught and they have to be cultivated by the players themselves."

Kien Keat-Boon Heong must sharpen their killer instincts and at the same time remain cool to battle on until the last point is won (or lost) and should never settle for just average success.

Yong Dae is a special talent and he has the ability to conjure up effective combinations with any player and is already an Olympic winner with Lee Hyo Jung in the mixed doubles.

Yong Dae and Jae Sung are the favourites for the 2012 London Olympics doubles title and they will only get stronger over the next three years.

Kien Keat, 24 and Boon Heong, 22, have already wasted two golden years of their careers and if they are to have a shot at titles over the coming two World Championships (2010 and 2011) and the 2012 Olympics, they should start believing in themselves more and inculcate the ability to stare down their opponents in a do-or-die situation.

Both players also have the tendency to treat the Olympics and the World Championships like any other event and this must stop although it is meant to reduce the pressure.

There is no way the pair can rise to the occasions if they think a tournament is not important and these are the minor details Kien Keat-Boon Heong should change in order to become champions.

Zakry-Fairuz must also use the surprise bronze they won in Hyderabad as a launch pad and become a more consistent pair. If they can perform well, it will also boost the confidence of Kien Keat-Boon Heong as it will be easier for them to attack the major events.

Also, it is unwise to just concentrate on these two pairs and head coach Rexy Mainaky must start giving more opportunities to the back-up pairs under the guidance of Pang Cheh Chang.

There have been too many experiments throughout the year and it has to stop as the coaches should know by now which combination can click.

The settled pairs should instead start focusing on qualifying for next year's World Championships which end on April 30, 2010.

Our doubles pairs go down fighting in semi-finals

Sunday, 16 August 2009

THERE were sheer dejection on the faces of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif as they walked off the courts yesterday.

Both pairs had given a fight of their lives but it was not good enough to create history for Malaysia in the World Championships at Gachibowli Stadium here yesterday.
Great delight: Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng celebrate after their semi-final win yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong were beaten 21-16, 14-21, 20-22 by South Korean Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung in one of the most thrilling match of the day while Fairuziuan-Zakry went down fighting at 21-18, 22-24, 15-21 to former world champions Cai Yun-Hai Feng of China in another nail-biting semi-final match yesterday.

With their defeats yesterday, Malaysia’s challenge in the World Championships came to an end and the country, proud of their badminton tradition, will have to wait for another year to nail the elusive world crown.

Lanky Tan Boon Heong was a shattered man after the painful loss.

“We gave our best out there today. It is really frustrating to lose out at deuce. It was so nerve-wracking but we tried to remain calm,” said Boon Heong. “It was all about who had more confidence and luck during the match. Maybe, I was not as stable as I should have been.

“We were just unable to kill the shuttle. We were just not as fortunate as them. Koo and I were really determined from the start to get a good result for the country,” he lamented.

Second seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong were in devastating form to take the first game and the Koreans replied with another show-stealer in the second game.
There was also joy for the Koreans when Jung Jae-sung (left) and Lee Yong-dae make it to the men’s doubles final.

The third game was action-packed when Kien Keat-Boon Heong raced to a 10-6 lead. Then, the Koreans powered their way back into the game and it was from this stage that both pairs played their hearts out to outfox each other.

At 18-18, it was all about the service and service returns and eventually, it was the Malaysians, who failed to come good at the end.

“I sent a high flick service and it caught Yong-dae by surprise. But after that, he served one and I did not get it right. They got the confidence to romp home for the win.”

Fairuzizuan-Zakry also had Cai Yun-Haifeng on the backfoot and should have wrapped up the match in straight games but they just failed to finish them off.

“I feel so frustrated. We had them in our hands today. We played the right tactics and they could not match our game. We did not lift the shuttle high for them and they struggled,” said Fairuzizuan.

“We should have won the second game. We caught up from 13-16 to take a 17-16 lead. It was really tight after that,” he said.

The Chinese reached game point first but the Malaysians turned on the pressure to level the score at 20-all. It was a neck-and-neck fight but the Chinese managed to force the rubber.

Said Zakry: “It is such a waste when we could not kill them off. We tried to hold them but we made mistakes and that gave them the confidence.

“We let slip a golden opportunity to reach the final and I feel so disappointed about the way we lost,” he added.

In the decider, Zakry-Fairuzizuan were slow to get into rhythm and Cai Yun-Haifeng hung on for a place in the final and a shot at winning their second world title.

Courtesy of The Star

Chong Wei still not a solid top player, says Misbun



Sunday, 16 August 2009

WORLD number one Lee Chong Wei’s body was cold when his coach Misbun Sidek hugged him after his shocking men’s singles quarter-final exit in the World Championships at Hyderabad on Friday.

And that was the reason for his 16-21, 21-14, 12-21 loss to Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro – Malaysia’s blue-eyed boy of badminton froze at the wrong time.
Down and out: Lee Chong Wei tumbles while trying to retrieve a shot by Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the men’s singles quarter-finals on Friday. Sony won 21-16, 14-21, 21-12. — AP

But Misbun, disappointed that he has failed yet again to produce a world champion for the country, is confident that Chong Wei will bounce back.

“He was quite nervous even before going into the court. The only fear of every top class player is to calm the raging battle within themself and Chong Wei failed to do that,” said Misbun.

“After the one-hour battle with Sony, I felt his hands and body. They were cold. He was unable to produce his best form.”

Misbun said that Chong Wei burst into tears in the room and kept to himself and even turned down food after the defeat.

The loss was unexpected as Chong Wei had the best of preparation, including a 10-day stint in South Korea, while Sony had to juggle between training and his wedding preparation for the whole of last month. In fact, Sony had trained without a coach for a month.

“Chong Wei wanted to win so badly especially after the two Malaysian men’s doubles pairs had reached the semi-finals before his match. And that added pressure on him to perform,” said Misbun.

“Sony is a tricky player. He waited patiently for Chong Wei to make mistakes.

“And it worked as Chong Wei was totally blanked out and did not know how to get back to his normal game.”

The outcome of the World Champ­ion­ships showed that Chong Wei is still struggling to stabilise his game as the world number one player. And that to Misbun is understandable.

“There is no doubt that Chong Wei is a world class player but he is not as solid as we wanted him to be at the top.

“His techniques and skills are there but he has to make the right decision when he is on court and no one can help him on this except himself. And this is not easy for any player in the world.”

Even National Sports Institute (NSI) psychologist Frederick Tan, who is also in Hyderabad, had tried his best to keep Chong Wei’s motivation high from the start of the tournament but to no avail.

Misbun said he would give Chong Wei the long break he wanted but with a condition attached — the Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist must return to training at his usual best.

Courtesy of The Star

Malaysian doubles shuttlers do it better at World meet

Saturday, 15 August 2009

IT was a glorious day for Malaysia when Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif powered into the men’s doubles semi-finals of the World Championships at the Gachibowli Stadium yesterday.

Second seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong survived a nail-biting decider to beat 2005 world champions Tony Gunawan-Howard Bach of United States 22-20, 13-21, 21-17 in the quarter-finals.

Fairuzizuan-Zakry didn’t have it easy either, being forced to claw back from an opening game disaster to beat South Koreans Cho Gun-woo-Yoo Yeon-seong 17-21, 21-12, 21-14 to reach their first semi-finals in an international tournament this year.

By reaching the semi-finals, the pairs have assured Malaysia of at least a bronze medal.
Leap of joy: Tan Boon Heong celebrating as Koo Kien Keat looks on after their men’s doubles quarter-final win over Americans Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan o Friday.

Today, Kien Keat-Boon Heong and Fairuzizuan-Zakry have a chance to make it an all-Malaysian final for the first time when they take on the formidable combinations of South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung and China’s Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng respectively.

The last time Malaysia had two men’s doubles in the semi-finals was at the 2001 world meet in Seville. Then, Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng failed to make it to the final.

Yesterday, however, Kien Keat-Boon Heong were staring at defeat before they came alive in the final stages of the decider.

“We played a better attacking game in the first game and had the confidence to go for the kill. But we slowed down a little and they took that opportunity to turn the game around,” said Kien Keat.

After a convincing first game win, the Malaysians were bombarded with leaping smashes by the stocky Bach and Tony. That rattled the Malaysians, forcing them to concede a rubber game.

The Americans continued to pound the Malaysians to take a 10-6 lead. Then, the fightback started.

It was tense as the lead changed hands until 17-17. That’s when, with an eye on Howard as their target, the Malaysians picked up four quick points to romp home.

A delighted Kien Keat said their never-say-die attitude saw them through into the last four.

“Our attacking game was good but we were surprised with a similiar approach by the Americans. Howard can jump really high while Tony is a master tactician,” said Kien Keat.

“We took a gamble and our net shots worked wonders. The situation was tense but we just did not want to give up.”

Boon Heong, however, is not satisfied. “This is not the best from us. I will not be satisfied with a semi-final appearance. We have a 50-50 chance tomorrow and we promise to give our best,” he said.

As for Fairuzizuan and Zakry, it was a day of breakthrough.

Said Zakry: “We are so happy today. Both of us had some problems on the court before coming into the tournament but we proved today that everything is behind us.”

“We really played well today. After so many quarter-final finishes this year, we’ve finally made it to our first semi-finals. This is the breakthrough we wanted.”

Said Fairuzizuan: “This has been an amazing outing for us so far. Everything is working out well for us.

“It will be tough against Cai Yun-Haifeng but we hope to play even better than today.”

The pair have beaten Cai Yun-Haifeng once in three outings – in the second round of the China Open in 2007.

Men’s singles: Chen Jin (Chn) bt Simon Santoso (Ina) 21-10, 21-13; Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) bt Lee Chong Wei (Mas) 21-16, 14-21, 21-12; Lin Dan (Chn) bt Peter-Gade Christensen (Den) 22-20, 21-16; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 21-19, 21-19.

Men’s doubles: Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (Chn) bt Han Sang-hoon-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) 21-16, 21-18; Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) bt Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan (US) 22-20, 13-21, 21-17; Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (Mas) bt Cho Gun-woo-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) 17-21, 21-12, 21-14; Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung (Kor) bt Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen (Chn) 21-17, 28-26.

Women’s singles: Pi Hongyan (Ger) bt Juliane Schenk (Ger) 15-21, 21-15, 21-19; Xie Xingfang (Chn) bt Zhou Mi (Hkg) 21-15, 21-18; Lu Lan (Chn) bt Tine Rasmussen (Den) 21-15, 21-13; Wang Lin (Chn) bt Saina Nehwal (Ind) 21-16, 21-19.

Women’s doubles: Ma Jin-Wang Xioali (Chn) bt Lee Hyo-jung-Lee Kyung-won (Kor) 21-18, 21-13; Zhang Yawen-Zhao Tingting (Chn) bt Ha Jung-eun-Kim Min-jung (Kor) 21-9, 21-10; Cheng Shu-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Cheng Wen-hsing-Chien Yu-chin (Tpe) 11-21, 21-11, 21-8; Du Jing-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Miyuki Maeda-Satoko Suetsuna (Jpn) 21-17, 21-8.

Mixed doubles: Lee Yong-dae-Lee Hyo-jung (Kor) bt Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen (Chn) 21-16, 21-16; Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) bt Zheng Bo-Ma Jin (Chn) 22-20, 11-21, 22-20; Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) bt He Hanbin-Shen Ye (Chn) 21-10, 21-17; Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir (Ina) bt V. Diju-Jwala Gutta (Ind) 21-16,

Courtesy of The Star