National women's doubles have not forgotten their humble beginnings

The World No 30, who are expected to move up the updated rankings this week, took time to pay tribute to their former coaches, Rosman Razak and Wong Pei Tty, whose services were not extended by BAM last year. “Honestly, coach Rosman was my inspiration when everything around me was crumbling.Said Thinaah “I was lost and didn’t know what to do when my singles career was going nowhere.Said Thinaah Pearly, who was already making waves as a junior player with former partner Toh Ee Wei, also spoke highly of Rosman…

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Novak Djokovic close to set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one

Novak Djokovic will on Monday set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one, surpassing Roger Federer whose hold on a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly in the Serb’s sights. The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his side with Federer turning 40 in August. He is also a year younger than Rafael Nadal who also has 20 majors. Nadal, currently at number two, has been at the top for ‘only’ 209 weeks in total although the 13-time Roland Garros…

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National No 1 Lee Zii Jia, slowly but surely regaining his form

NATIONAL No 1 Lee Zii Jia, who checked into the Swiss Open semi-finals, is slowly but surely regaining his form. the national player was at his best when he downed India’s B. Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-17 in the quarter-finals at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel yesterday. He has improved since slipped down to No 11 in the world ranking following a few underwhelming performances during the BWF Asian tour in Bangkok in January It was also a fruitful outing for mixed doubles Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing who are in…

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Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep the good run going

MALAYSIA:  Fast improving women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep their recent good run going after breezing into the second round of the Swiss Open. The pair, buoyed by their recent quarter-final appearances at the Thailand Open and Thailand Masters, were hardly troubled as they got past Austrian pair Serena Au Yong-Katharina Hochmeir 21-7, 21-6 in the first round in Basel on Wednesday. Pearly-Thinaah now ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world. A frustrating outing for World No 27 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani as they…

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Kisona is now No1 women's singles player under the BAM stable

Malaysian shuttler S.kisona is now the highest-ranked women’s singles player under the BA of Malaysia (BAM) stable. Although World No 62 is only the second-highest ranked Malaysian in the world rankings, she will now take the centre stage following BAM’s decision to drop 32nd-ranked Soniia Cheah recently. The experience gained in two top-tier events in Bangkok last month has boosted her morale for the future. The Negri Sembilan-born is now preparing for next month’s All England and Orleans Masters. “I was lucky to qualify for the two Thailand Opens. I…

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Naomi Osaka Defeated Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open in dominant style for her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday. Osaka edged a tight first set but controlled the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousands of fans at Rod Laver Arena. The 23-year-old, who becomes only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, will now rise to second in the world rankings. Osaka, rated as the world’s top-earning female…

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Novak Djokovic defies injury to reach Australian Open last eight

MELBOURNE: Eight-time winner Novak Djokovic fought through what he had described as a tournament-ending injury to beat Milos Raonic and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams survived scares to go through but US Open champion Dominic Thiem was a major casualty when he fell to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. Simona Halep avenged her crushing French Open defeat by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek to set up a meeting with Williams, while Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei reached her first Slam quarter-final at the age of 35. Djokovic, the…

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German Open, an Olympic qualifier called off

Next month’s German Open, an Olympic qualifying badminton event, in Mulheim has been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a brief statement, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said: “The Yonex German Open in Mulheim on March 9-14 has been cancelled. This is unsightly a piece of shattering news to the shuttles, hoping to achieve in the Tokyo Games. The German Open, a Super 300 event, was slated as the second tournament of the 2021 season after the Swiss Open on March 2-7.

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BAM refuses the cancelation of Malaysia Open and Malaysia Masters

THE BA OF MALAYSIA (BAM) refuses to rule out the outright cancellation of the Malaysia Open and Malaysia Masters but admitted a postponement is much likely to happen. Both the Malaysia Open (March 31-April 4) and the Malaysia Masters (April 6-11) are part of a tournament bubble similar to last month’s Asian leg of the BWF Tour in Bangkok.  “We have not received a reply from the BWF yet,” said Kenny BAM secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh eagerly awaiting feedback from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) before deciding on both meets.

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Covid-19 has taken the opportunities of the growing shuttlers

MALAYSIA- Current rise in Covid cases in Malaysia, makes it most likely the annual badminton championship to be cancelled. The youngster dreaming to shine and impress BAM is most likely to shattered. Well, these were the effect of the worlds changing pandemic. However, the BA of Malaysia (BAM), who already have a lot on their plate, is expected to scrap the tournament altogether. It is also unclear if sports, in general, will resume anytime soon. Due to the Ministry of Health predicting much higher Covid numbers in the coming weeks.…

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