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The veteran doubles pair of Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah are set to play against younger opponents in their fifth consecutive outing in the Thomas Cup Finals.
Of the singles players in the top five teams for the Thomas Cup Finals, only Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will be playing in the first singles slot for the first time.
Lanky 19-year-old Tan Boon Heong tagged along to Kuching as a mere sparring partner. He will leave the city as a Thomas Cupper.
In a surprise move, China have named former world men's singles champion Xia Xuanze in their team for the defence of the Thomas Cup.
No room for mistakes. This is the message that national singles coach Misbun Sidek will instil in Mohd Hafiz Hashim as he gears up to make a third appearance for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup Finals in Japan at the end of the month.
World and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia is not here. Chinese aces Lin Dan and Bao Chunlai and Malaysia's Wong Choong Hann are also missing but the Asian Badminton Championships will not be short of a top class attractions.
Shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim's losing streak against Chinese youngster Chen Jin continued here yesterday as Malaysia's challenge in the US$250,000 China Masters was wiped out.
There is a chance for men's singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim to redeem his battered pride in the US$250,000 China Masters, which begin on Wednesday in Chengdu.
The Philippines Open badminton championships, scheduled to start on Wednesday in Manila, has been postponed indefinitely.
Making comebacks is the story of shuttler Lee Wan Wah's life.