Nadzmi to remain BAM president until 2013

SHAH ALAM: Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Salleh will continue to head Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) until 2013 after being returned unopposed at the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) here yesterday. Nadzmi who took over from Datuk Dr Abdullah Fadzil Che … Continue reading

Pesta Nanas Oscar Chang badminton ends

SARIKEI: Mohd Rusdy and Tada emerged the doubles champions in the Pesta Nanas badminton tournament here. They beat Zawawi and Drahman 21-10, 21-18 in the final on Sunday. Sharing third place were Ling Tiew Chong and Wong Chee Chien, and … Continue reading

Three Series reasons to be jolly

Mew Choo starts ball rolling as Malaysia bag a trio of titles in RM1.75 million JB tournament JOHOR BAHARU: Badminton fans had more than one reason to bring the roof down with their loud cheers as Malaysian shuttlers swept three … Continue reading

Nehwal heads to Super Series semi-finals

JOHOR BAHARU: Top seed Saina Nehwal of India yesterday booked her place in the women’s semi-finals, beating Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-13, 21-19 at the BWF World Super Series Masters Finals. The 19-year-old Indian, a semi-finalist last year, needed a win … Continue reading

Gade clears first Super Series hurdle

2008 runner-up beats compatriot Jorgensen, top seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong suffer upset JOHOR BAHARU: Peter Gade cleared the first hurdle yesterday in his bid for the men’s singles title at the World Super Series Masters Finals with a 21-12, 21-15 … Continue reading

Mew Choo sneaks in after Lu pullout

JOHOR BAHARU: Wong Mew Choo has sneaked in through the back door to be in the World Super Series Masters finals at City Council Indoor Stadium here, starting yesterday. Thanks to the eleventh hour withdrawal of China’s reigning world champion … Continue reading

World No. 1 Wang to miss Masters

KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s world number one Wang Yihan of China would skip next month’s Super Series Masters finals in Malaysia and represent her country in the East Asian Games instead, the media here reported yesterday. Wang was the top qualifier … Continue reading

Pacific player eases into Junior quarters

KUCHING: Jong Wee Fook from Pacific Badminton Management (PBM) had a relatively easy passage into the quarter-finals of the Under 15 boys singles at the State Junior tournament at Sarawak Badminton Association (BA) Hall here yesterday. The 15-year-old top seed … Continue reading

Free ride for Malaysia in opening match

ALOR SETAR: The Malaysian junior badminton squad advanced into the quarter-final of the World Junior Badminton Championship yesterday when their opponents Cambodia did not turn up at Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium here. Despite the easy passage, chief coach Yap … Continue reading

Malaysia coach sacks sloppy shuttlers

KUALA LUMPUR: Ruthless Malaysian badminton coach Hendrawan has warned his players they will be axed from the national squad if they lacked commitment in training, driving home his threat by sacking two members ahead of the Vietnam Open. Leading Malaysians … Continue reading

Twelve teams for Sarawak Closed in Kapit

KUCHING: Twelve teams statewide will compete in the Sarawak Closed 2009 Badminton Championships in Kapit sometime this month. Kapit Badminton Association (BA) secretary David Chuo said the tournament, to be held in Kapit for the second time, hoped to unearth … Continue reading

GUANGZHOU: Malaysia’s Sudirman Cup campaign got off to a disappointing start after losing 3-2 to South Korea in their opening Group A match at Guangzhou Gymnasium here yesterday. A 3-2 loss in the Group 1 encounter against the threetime winners now meant that Malaysia can no longer afford to lose any more of their two remaining group matches against Hong Kong today and Denmark on Thursday to reach the semifinals. In fact, things had not started off well for the Malaysians yesterday in a revised order of play with the mixed doubles match coming on first instead of the men’s doubles. Scratch pair Koo Kien Keat/Wong Pei Tty lost to reigning Beijing Olympic gold medallists Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung in a threeset thriller, 24-22, 20-22, 21- 15. Though world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei levelled the tie at 1-1 after beating Jung Yung Soo 21-9, 21-13, the much anticipated point from the men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong turned into a disappointment as they were soundly beaten by Lee Yong Dae/Jung Jae Sung in straight sets 21-16, 21-16. With the score 2-1 in favour of South Korea, Wong Mew Choo came on court to again level the tie at 2-2 after beating Hwang Hye Youn 21- 10, 17-21, 21-17 but the joy was short-lived when the women’s doubles turned out to be a one-sided affair as the South Korean pair swept aside Wong Pei Tty/Chin Eei Hui, currently ranked world number one, with relative ease. The Korean pair, Lee Kyung Won/Lee Hyo Jung, silver medallists in Beijing, won 21-8, 21-15 to put a major dent on Malaysia’s aspiration of making it to the semi-finals. “Our best was not good enough today. The Koreans had the edge in the doubles and that made all the difference. We knew we could rely on Chong Wei and Mew Choo to deliver two points but we still needed one more and we thought we can get it from the men’s doubles. “But frankly the Korean pair were in superb form. Congratulations to them. They deserve their win and for us we are still hopeful of making it to the last four. That’s our target anyway,” said team manager Datuk Maijol Mahap. In a Group B match, Indonesia whipped Japan 4- 1 to make a flying start to the competition. — Bernama

GUANGZHOU: Malaysia’s Sudirman Cup campaign got off to a disappointing start after losing 3-2 to South Korea in their opening Group A match at Guangzhou Gymnasium here yesterday. A 3-2 loss in the Group 1 encounter against the threetime winners … Continue reading