Shuttle in India’s court

Mathias Boe

IF there is a country that can take badminton to greater heights, it’s India. Former Denmark international Mathias Boe believes India has the potential to be the front runner in moving things for the sport, given the size of its population and huge following in recent times. Earlier this year, Boe was re-hired by the BA of India (BAI) to spearhead the doubles department, and it proved to be a masterstroke as the Dane inspired the national men’s team to a historic maiden Thomas Cup crown in Bangkok (in May).…

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‘All I want is to focus on playing’

Lee Zii Jia is unperturbed by negative comments from critics, who questioned him for skipping the Birmingham Commonwealth Games

LEE Zii Jia is unperturbed by negative comments from critics, who questioned him for skipping the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. The world No 5 cited fatigue and injury for deciding not to play in Birmingham next month. He also wants to use the break after the Malaysia Masters to prepare for the World Championships in August. When met today at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil ahead of this week’s Malaysia Open, Zii Jia made it clear that he does not want to get drawn into a spat with his critics.…

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Justin captures second badminton title in Europe

Seventeen matches and 736 minutes of gruelling action in just nine days. Two titles. What a trip it was for national junior shuttler Justin Hoh as he capped a superb back-to-back European stint by triumphing in the Croatia Open yesterday. In the final, Justin, 18, outlasted Vietnam’s Nguyen Hai Dang, who’s four years older, 21-15, 16-21, 21-18 in an 80-minute thriller. It was Justin’s second senior title in as many weeks following his victory at the Bonn International in Germany last Saturday. What is even more remarkable was the fact…

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Ambitious Justin aiming high

Shuttler Justin Hoh has two missions this year. The 18-year-old not only wants to become a world junior champion but also crack the top 200 of the senior men’s singles world rankings. Justin hopes to succeed as he wants to impress selectors from the BA of Malaysia for a spot in the national senior team next year. On Sunday, Justin, the World No 727, took his first baby steps towards that goal by winning the eighth-tier Bonn International in Germany for his first senior title. He completed his remarkable run…

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Epic face-off in Causeway clash

Zii Jia (pic) believes he is ready to face his childhood rival, Kean Yew, following his impressive 21-10, 21-13 win over India’s world No 30 Sameer Verma in the last 16 today.

THE Causeway battle between Asian champion Lee Zii Jia and world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore is expected to be a titanic affair in the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open tomorrow. Zii Jia believes he is ready to face his childhood rival, Kean Yew, following his impressive 21-10, 21-13 win over India’s world No 30 Sameer Verma in the last 16 today. The 24-year-old feels his game has improved after each match in the tournament. On Tuesday, the Malaysian recovered from a 10-6 deficit in the first…

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Good day at the office for Malaysian shuttlers

Men's singles Lee Zii Jia cruised into the round of 16 following a comfortable 21-15, 21-14 win Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin. Zii Jia will play India's Sameer Verma on Thursday.

Apart from women’s doubles Low Yeen Yuan-Valeree Siow, who failed to get past the first round, it was a good day at the office for other Malaysian shuttlers at the Super 1000 Indonesia Open today. As expected, men’s singles Lee Zii Jia cruised into the round of 16 following a comfortable 21-15, 21-14 win Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin. Zii Jia will play India’s Sameer Verma on Thursday. It was, however, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai who stole the thunder from the world No 5 men’s singles, fighting tooth and nail before sending…

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Aaron-Wooi Yik aiming for Indonesia Masters title

Aaron Chia (right) and Soh Wooi Yik.

Every top shuttler can attest that playing in front of a packed Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta can be intimidating. But that does not scare national men’s doubles, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, who hope to break their title drought at this week’s Indonesia Masters. The world No 6, who have yet to win an Open title, also want to become the first Malaysian men’s pair to win on Indonesian soil. “Everyone will admit that playing in front of a packed Istora Senayan venue is no easy affair. It is intimidating,…

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Reunited to finish the job

goh v shem (right) and tan wee kiong

RIO Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong hope to make it a happy second reunion when they compete at the World Championships in Tokyo on Aug 22-28. The former world No 1 have unfinished business as they have yet to win a world meet medal. V Shem-Wee Kiong, the world No 13, are one of the three Malaysian men’s doubles who have made the 48-pair cut on April 26. The other two pairs are world No 9 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and 11th-ranked Ong Yew Sin-Teo…

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Sparring his way to the top

Yeoh Seng Zoe (right) on the podium after winning the Austrian Open on Sunday

INDEPENDENT shuttler Yeoh Seng Zoe intends to make the most of his stint as a sparring partner at Badminton Ireland to establish himself as one of the World Tour regulars. The 24-year-old, a former national Under-21 champion, won the Austria Open in Graz after beating Magnus Johannesen of Denmark 21-14, 21-15 on Sunday. In the semi-finals, Seng Zoe stunned Taiwanese third seed Lee Chia Hao 24-22, 19-21, 21-17 in an energy-sapping battle. It was Seng Zoe’s third title of his career after the 2019 Nepal International and the Irish Open…

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Ong expects Zii Jia to win Malaysia Open

Lee Zii Jia in action during men’s singles match against Ade Resky Dwicahyo of Azerbaijan at the Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand Open 2022 badminton tournament in Nonthaburi, Thailand. - EPA PIC

TWO-TIME winner Ong Ewe Hock has backed World No 5 Lee Zii Jia to win the Super 750 Malaysia Open from June 28-July 3. Ewe Hock, 50, hopes to see Zii Jia translates his current rich vein of form into victory when the Malaysia Open makes its comeback for the first time since 2019 at the Axiata Arena. Apart from Ewe Hock, only five other Malaysians have tasted success in the men’s singles in the country’s showpiece since the Open era started in 1980. Lee Chong Wei led the way…

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