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Saturday January 19, 2013

Kim Her: I will meet Koo-Tan to plan for world meet

MALAYSIA’S top men doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will come under scrutiny next week following their withdrawal from the on-going Maybank Malaysian Open.

World No. 2 Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s hope of ending their three-year Super Series title drought ended on a sour note when the pair withdrew after Boon Heong fell sick.

Now they have to look into ways to fine-tune their preparations for the All-England and the World Championships.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) exco have given them a one-year mandate – spanning from last year’s Olympic Games in London until this year’s World Championships in Guangzhou to prove themselves.

Their target is to reach the final of the world meet but it would do them a world of good if they can go one step better. They reached the final at the 2010 world meet in Paris.

So far, the duo have had kept their bargain, producing consistent results in the international tournaments – reaching the semi-finals and finals on a regular basis – and managed to improve their world ranking from eighth to second.

Since their defeat in the bronze medal play-off at the London Olympic Games, the duo reached the final of three Opens in Japan, Denmark and Hong Kong and made it to the semi-finals of the China and Korean Opens.

What they lack right now is victories over more established players like Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China, Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen and all the Koreans pairs led by Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae on a regular basis.

National doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her said that they would tighten up Koo-Tan’s training programme. They have more than one month of training before the All-England in Birmingam from March 5-10.

“After the Olympic Games, Koo-Tan lacked training but despite that, they were able to reach the semi-finals and finals of international tournaments.

“They are depending more on each other now and that is a good point to note. We just need to tweak a little more so that they will be able to beat more established pairs.”

“I will be meeting up with them next week to discuss their training programme and re-look into our plans ahead of the world meet,” said Kim Her.

Besides Kien Keat-Boon Heong, the others in the men’s doubles squad within the world top 50 bracket are Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong (9th), Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem (30th), Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming (33rd) and Teo Ee Yi-Nelson Heg Wei Keat (50th).

Kim Her said that he would also be meeting up with the newly appointed coach Paulus Firman to discuss on his roles in the doubles department. The Indonesian will start work on Feb 1.

QUARTER-FINALS

·Men’s singles: Jan O Jorgensen (Den) bt Liew Daren (Mas) 19-21, 21-13, 21-17; Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Hu Yun (Hkg) 21-12, 21-9; Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) bt Sho Sasaki (Jpn) 21-15, 21-12; Kenichi Tago (Jpn) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 22-20, 21-19.

·Men’s doubles: Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae (Kor) bt Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata (Jpn) 21-14, 21-8; Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) 21-18, 21-15; Chai Biao-iu Xiaolong (Chn) bt Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 17-21, 21-13, 22-20; Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah (Mas) bt Kang Ji-wook-Lee Sang-joon (Kor) 21-14, 21-16.

·Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal (Ind) bt Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) 21-11, 14-21, 2-0 rtd; Yao Xue bt Deng Xuan (Chn) 21-8, 18-21, 21-12; Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) bt Tine Baun (Den) 22-20, 21-15; Bae Yeon-ju (Kor) bt Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) 21-15, 21-17.

·Women’s doubles: Bao Yixin-Tian Qing (Chn) bt Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 21-10, 21-18; Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei (Sin) bt Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda (Jpn) 13-21, 21-14, 21-16; Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Ko A-ra-Yoo Hae-won (Kor) 13-21, 21-16, 21-14; Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Pradnya Gadre-Ashwini Ponnappa (Ind) 18-21, 21-13, 21-13.

·Mixed doubles: Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) bt Anders Kristiansen-Julie Houmann (Den) 22-20, 21-12; Praveen Jordan-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Zhang Nan-Tang Jinhua (Chn) 21-12, 21-19; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) bt Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 21-13, 21-14; Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba (Pol) bt Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo Yu Yan (Sin) 21-11, 21-12.

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