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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Badminton Tournament - Macau Open

the March of the Malaysian Tigers!

Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah defeated former world number 1 and former World Champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng for the first time in 3 years in 2 straight sets!

The Malaysian veterens headed off in a shaky start, but showed tremendous improvement in their mental strength to clinch the first game 22-20. In the second game, their lead was established right from the first point; their dominance not reflected in the 21-18 score.

This dawns a new era on Malaysian badminton. Malaysia now have 4 representatives in the Men's Doubles Final, a feat not witnessed before with the presence of all top pairs participating. The Malaysian contingent's massacre to the final includes the scalping of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan (current World Champions and World Number 1), Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae (World Champion runners up) and finally today, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

Will this result spur our shuttlers onto greater heights? I believe it is time for Malaysian badminton to start dominating the Men's Doubles scene like Indonesians did in the 1990s. Many observers will be watching the Malaysians as they head into their next tournament, and it remains to be seen whether these players can retain this scintillating and punishing form.

As always

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