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Badminton / India Open: Chun Seang first to fall

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 05:17 PM PDT

K.M. Boopathy

 Chun Seang’s campaign came to an end in the qualifying rounds.

Chun Seang's campaign came to an end in the qualifying rounds.

IT will be smooth sailing for Malaysian shuttlers in the first round of the India Open today.

Men's singles Lee Chong Wei will lead the charge when he opens against Ajay Jayram of India.

Elite shuttler Liew Daren is the other Malaysian in the men's singles and if his current form is anything to go by, he has a good chance of overcoming experienced Hong Kong player Chan Yan Kit.

Unfortunately, Tan Chun Seang's campaign came to an end in the qualifying rounds when he suffered a shock 21-12, 20-22, 21-12 loss to Sourabh Verma of India. Chun Seang had earlier defeated T. Nagendra 21-9, 21-11 in the first round of the qualifiers.

Men's doubles top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who normally fare poorly in their opening matches, should have no business faltering this time as they play unheralded Indian pair Attri Manu-Jishnu Sanyal.

Zakry Latif-Hoon Thien How also face an easy match against another Indian pair in Utsav Mishra-Ravinder Singh while scratch pair Chan Peng Soon-Tan Wee Kiong are unlikely to raise sweat against Indian pair S. Sanjeeth-Jagadish Yadav.

Women's doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui, who have an outside chance of making it to the final, will face another Indian pair, P.C. Thulasi-Siki Reddy, in the first round.

Chong Sook Chin-Goh Liu Ying have the easiest path to the quarter-finals and all they need to do is beat unknown Indian combination Sanyogita Ghorpade-Saili Rane in their opening match.

Their second round opponents, Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei of Singapore, who Sook Chin-Liu Ying were supposed to meet tomorrow, have withdrawn and there will be no replacements.

Mixed doubles Peng Soon-Liu Ying have an easy first round encounter against Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa of India while Ong Jian Guo-Sook Chin will play Thailand's Maneepong Jongjit-Savitree Amittrapai.

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Football: Selangor's proud record comes to an end

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 05:13 PM PDT

Reports by Zainuddin Muhammad

Kelantan’s S. Chanturu tries to avoid a tackle by  Selangor’s  Mohd Nasriq Baharom in their  Super League match yesterday. Kelantan won 1-0. — Picture by Fathil Asri

Kelantan's S. Chanturu tries to avoid a tackle by Selangor's Mohd Nasriq Baharom in their Super League match yesterday. Kelantan won 1-0. — Picture by Fathil Asri

KELANTAN snapped Selangor's unbeaten away run and reduced their lead at the top of the Super League to just one point yesterday.

Norshahrul Idlan Talaha's goal in the fifth minute was enough to give Kelantan a 1-0 victory over the Super League champions at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium.

A long throw-in by defender Mohd Daudsu Jamaluddin into the penalty box was flicked over by Danial Fadzly Abdullah before Norshahrul headed past Selangor goalkeeper Saiful Amar Sudar for his 11th goal of the season.

Selangor recovered from a poor first half with a decent performance after the breather but failed to find the equaliser.

At the Sultan Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, T-Team earned their fourth home victory of the season by overcoming Kedah 3-1.

The homesters coped well without coach Yunus Alif, who was relieved of his duties hours before the match, when Indra Putra Mahayuddin pounced on a cross from Haris Safwan with his right foot to send the ball into the back of the net in the second minute.

The early goal jolted Kedah into action but T-Team defenders, led by centre-back Norfazly Alias, limited them to only a few shots on goal from a distance.

T-Team looked dangerous on the counter attacks and in the 18th minute, Norfazly almost extended their lead, but his deflection off a Zairo Anuar Zailani free kick, went inches wide of the left post with Kedah goalkeeper Helmi Eliza Elias well beaten.

Kedah caretaker coach Radhi Mat Din got impatient with the ineffective Ahmad Shakir Ali, who failed to make an impression up front and decided on substituting the national Under-23 striker with Faizal Abu Bakar in the 35th minute.

A minute before half time, Baddrol Bakhtiar equalised for Kedah when he managed to slip past Subri Sulong on the edge of the box before blasting a powerful grounder past Syamsuri Mustaffa.

T-Team, who were without the suspended centre-back Azizi Mat Rose, lost right-back Subri through injury and had to be replaced by Alif Alias at the start of the second half.

The homesters could have taken the lead in the 59th minute but Zairo's powerful low grounder was denied by Kedah keeper Helmi.

Eight minutes later, Kedah came close to scoring but Faizal's long range effort hit the crossbar.

In the 83rd minute, substitute Kamal Mohamad, who came in for Haris, scored for T-Team with a long range effort.

Zairo extended T-Team's lead with a screamer from the edge of the penalty box in injury time.

They could have extended their lead two minutes from time but Norfarhan Mohd's shot sailed just over the crossbar.

At the Shah Alam Stadium, Negri Sembilan secured a 1-1 away draw with Young Tigers A, courtesy of an own goal.

Tigers were awarded a penalty after five minutes but A. Thamil Arasu's weak effort from the spot was easily palmed away by Negri goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.

But four minutes later, V. Kavichelvan scored for Tigers after beating the off-side trap.

Negri were presented a gift in the 15th minute when defender Mohd Fadhli Shas deflected an harmless shot into his own net.

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