A fitting replacement for former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei

LEE Zii Jia’s momentous All England triumph is certainly a joyous occasion for Malaysia in the pandemic-era. It also offers hope that Malaysian badminton has finally found a fitting replacement for former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei. Zii Jia showed composure and great mental strength to beat World No 1 Kento Momota and World No 2 Viktor Axelsen en route to the men’s singles crown. The 23-year-old’s 30-29, 20-22, 21-9 win over Axelsen shows that he can maintain his nerves in high-pressure. Zii Jia certainly has the skill and…

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British pair ken and Neal Skupski win the Mexican Open

British pair Ken and Neal Skupski beat Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos to win the Mexican Open doubles title. The brothers converted both break points they created to seal a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 victory over the top seeds. It is their third title together and first since 2019, having briefly split before reuniting this season. In the singles final, second seed Alexander Zverev beat top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to win his 14th ATP Tour title Zverev struggled early on, finding himself 4-1 down and having to save…

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Earthquake fails to stop Alexander Zverev

An earthquake failed to stop Alexander Zverev from beating fellow German Dominik Koepfer to reach the Mexican Open final in Acapulco. Koepfer was serving in the second set when the 5.7-magnitude quake struck. “The lights started shaking and the crowd felt it more than we did,” said world number seven Zverev, who faces Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. The tremors hit shortly after British duo Ken and Neal Skupski had beaten compatriot Joe Salisbury and his partner Rajeev Ram to reach the doubles final. Ken Skupski said the tremor “lasted…

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Three legends to skip ATP Miami Open

MIAMI: World number one Novak Djokovic said Friday he won’t be playing at the ATP Miami Open, joining fellow Grand Slam legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in skipping next week’s event. The current records put him third on the all-time men’s list behind the 20 Slam titles owned by Swiss star Federer and Spaniard Nadal, who will try to defend his French Open title in the next Slam showdown on the red clay of Roland Garros. “Dear fans, I’m very sorry to announce that this year I won’t travel…

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Chelsea Vs Atletico Madrid 2-0

Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years with a 2-0, 3-0 aggregate astonishing win over Atletico Madrid. “The most important is that we feel we deserve this,” said Tuchel. “The most important is that we give the feedback for the guys what they did here in terms of quality and intensity. Atletico had Stefan Savic sent off late on for elbowing Toni Rudiger off the ball, and the Madrid men were well beaten in the event. Disappointed Atletico coach Diego Simeone doffed…

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The return of the ” Samurai “

BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann has urged the national shuttlers to be ready for the tough challenge. World No 1 Kento Momota and his Japanese counterparts will return to action for the first time this year at the world’s oldest tournament. “Although the All England is not an Olympic qualifying event, it will be different from the previous tournaments this year. “It will only get tougher from here when the rest of the world returns to competitive action,” said Choong Hann. For Momota, it will be…

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Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin will continue no matter the speculations

MALAYSIA: He does not care about what the detractors are saying over his return to the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix and Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this year. His return to Cub Prix and ARRC, seen by some as a step backwards, was not a complete surprise due to the limited time available. The 20-year-old has rejoined Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor this season — the same team he had won the CP150 title in 2017. “As long as I am healthy and capable of riding a bike, I will…

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Penang coach claims Kedah strikeforce to be far deadly then JDT

Coach Tomas Trucha claimed that the Kedah strikeforce of Tchetche Kipre, Kpah Sherman and Rabih Ataya is far more dangerous than Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT). He observed that following a 1-1 draw with Kedah at City Stadium on Friday. “I think defensively we’re okay but Kedah did a good job. Kipre, Sherman and Ataya were always pressing us, and they looked even more dangerous than players from JDT.said trucha. Heavy rain in the late afternoon caused puddles of water at the City Stadium pitch, dampening Penang or Kedah’s style of…

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A test of mind and heart for Lee Zii Jia.

Based on sports science alone, it will be too much to expect a miracle from the 23-year-old national men’s singles. But if Zii Jia defies the odds like he did last year when he reached the All England semi-finals before losing narrowly to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, it could boost his dented spirit. “We have sports science to calculate how fast a player can recover, and in Zii Jia’s case, he will need some time. “You can’t just achieve something overnight by simply thinking of it,” he added Zii Jia has…

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Liverpool has eye on Champions League

LONDON: Liverpool made light of their Premier League woes to ease into the quarter-finals of the Champions League by beating RB Leipzig 2-0 in Budapest for the second time in three weeks. The Champions League this season and next is now the Reds focus as they try to salvage a campaign decimated by injuries and a drastic decline in form after romping to a first league title in 30 years last season. With a seven-point gap to make up on a resurgent Chelsea or 10-point deficit to bridge to third-placed…

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