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Thursday December 27, 2012
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
PETALING JAYA: It will be a much more open affair in the National Grand Prix Badminton Finals this year as world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not feature in the race for the men’s singles title.
And world No. 21 Chong Wei Feng will be hoping to capitalise on the situation to end the year with a bang when the tournament starts at the Kedah BA hall in Alor Setar today.
“I am really looking forward to this tournament, not only because Chong Wei is not around, but because of my personal ambition to win it.
I had a good start to the year by winning the first leg of the Grand Prix (Selangor Open in February) and I would like to cap the year with a win,” said the 25-year-old.
Wei Feng is experiencing his best year in badminton, marked by his semi-final appearance in the China Open, a Super Series event, last month.
The Kedah-born player is enjoying a career-best ranking of 21 in the world after his exploits in the China Open where he lost to eventual winner Chen Long of China 21-6, 21-7.
“I am all fired up. But of course the one to look out for is Liew Daren, who should be the top seed in the absence of Chong Wei.
Besides him, I must be cautious against the back-up players like Misbun (Ramdan Misbun) and (Goh) Soon Huat.
“We often spar in training and sometimes the results went their way. There is no taking it easy against them,” Wei Feng said.
Daren got his breakthrough in October when he claimed the French Open title after beating Viktor Axelson of Denmark. It was his first senior international title.
“The Finals also serve as a good preparation ahead of the Malaysian Open in January. It is a much bigger tournament and doing well here is important for me,” said Wei Feng.
List of qualifiers
*BAM unless stated
Group A: Liew Daren, Misbun Ramdan Misbun, Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayup, Tan Kian Meng.
Group B: Chong Wei Feng, Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin, Lim Fang Yang (Pah), Chong Yee Han.
Group C: Zulfadli Zulkifli (KL), Loh Wei Sheng, Chan Kwong Beng, Soo Teck Zhi.
Group D: Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Goh Soon Huat, Ahmadi Abdul Saman (KL), Soong Joo Ven.
Group A: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Nelson Heg-Teo Ee Yi, Mohd Lufti Zaim-Teo Kok Siang, Darren Isaac Devadass-Tai An Khang.
Group B: Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han, Low Juan Shen-Tan Yip Juin, Mohd Razif Latif-Mohd Razif Abdul Rahman (Nse), Calvin Ong-Tan Wee Gieen.
Group A: Tee Jing Yi, Sonia Cheah, Yang Li Lian, Ho Yen Mei.
Group B: Lydia Cheah, Sannatasah Saniru, Lim Yin Fun, Lim Chiew Sien.
Group A: Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo, Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho, Lydia Cheah-Sonia Cheah, Chin Kah Mun-Yap Cheng Wen.
Group B: Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Sannatasah Saniru-Tee Jing Yi, Marylen Ng Poau Leng-Shevon Lai Jemie, S.Kisona-Tew Jia Jia.
Group A: Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo, Lim Khim Wah-Vivian Hoo, Goh V Shem-Soong Fie Cho, Darren Isaac Devadass-Yap Cheng Wen.
Group B: Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing, Wong Fai Yin-Shevon Lai Jemie, Chooi Kah Ming-Lee Meng Yean, Ong Yew Sin-Norshahida Baharum.
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