Former internationals Arif Latif and Former
World Junior Champion Mak Hee Chun shines at the
Malaysia International Challenge 2013, Kuching
Former internationals Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Mak Hee Chun shone the brightest in the Malaysia International Challenge in Kuching on Friday.
World No. 50 Arif, who left the national team last year to venture into the world of professional badminton, defeated Indonesia’s Grinting Anthony
21-8, 21-15 to reach the men’s singles semi-finals.
He will take on Ashton Chen of Singapore on Saturday for a place in the final. The 24-year-old Arif was the only men’s singles shuttler left to carry
the flag for Malaysia in men’s singles categories as all the other players – Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Choong Yee Han failed to make it through
Reigning Asian junior champion Teck Zhi was sent packing 15-21, 15-21 by Indonesia’s Ivanudin Rifan Fauzin in just 30 minutes, while Joo Ven gave a better account of himself before going down fighting to Ashton 21-19, 17-21, 17-21 in an hour and 14 minutes.
Yee Han, who was promoted to the national team in January this year, came very close to being the star of the day but squandered a match point before going down to top seed Derek Wong of Singapore 21-16, 23-25, 11-21.
Former national doubles shuttler Hee Chun, who was dropped from the national team in 2011, rose to the occasion with his scratch partner Lu Ching-yao of Taiwan when they defeated Duang Bao Duc-Nguyen Hoang Nam of Vietnam 21-13, 21-15.
They will take on Indonesians Selvanus Geh-Alfian Eko Prasetya next.
Malaysia is assured one ticket in the finals with fifth seeds Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han taking on qualifiers Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi on Saturday. Kah Ming-Ee Yi pulled off a great show by beating higher ranked Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang 23-21, 21-16 in 30 minutes.
Wei Feng’s gallant run ends in Shanghai as expected
Chong Wei Feng’s gallant run at the China Open came to an end in the semi-finals as world No. 2 Chen Long proved to be one hurdle too many.
Wei Feng, ranked No. 17 in the world had been on fire in Shanghai, defeating top players like Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensom boonsuk and Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro
en route to making the last four.
All England and Denmark Open champion Chen Long however was a different class as Wei Feng went down 18-21, 7-21 in 47 minutes.
The Kedahan did give a fight though, as he briefly led 11-10 in the first game before the Chinese ace stepped up a gear.
That put a dent in Wei Feng’s confidence and he simply ran out of ideas in the second game.
Chen Long will go on to meet either compatriot Wang Zhengming or Japanese youngster Kento Momota in the final.
“I just lost my momentum in the second game,” said Wei Feng.
“I think I got my strategy wrong as well. I should have stuck with a simpler game instead of thinking of how to get points from Chen Long.
“In the second game, I made too many mistakes early on and the gap got too big eventually.”
Chong Wei Feng has not really shown much hope of Malaysia Badminton as he has no significant results.
“He just didn’t have enough in the end,” said Rashid.
“But I am not disappointed. He put up a good fight and overall, his performance has been very satisfying in this tournament.”
Wei Feng will now prepare for the Hong Kong Open which starts on Tuesday – his final tournament before the SEA Games.
Meanwhile in the men’s doubles, South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong stayed on course for their second title together after edging out Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa-Hiroyuki Endo in the semi-finals.
The Koreans who bagged the Denmark Open title last month, won 19-21, 21-19, 21-11 and will face either Cai Yun-Chai Biao or Malaysia’s second ranked pair – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong for the title.
China however will be assured of the women’s singles title after a resurgent Wang Shixian thrashed Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasetsuk 21-13, 21-5.
She will go on to meet either world No. 1 Li Xuerui or rising star Han Li for the title.