Saturday, May 17, 2008

Thomas Cup vs China

After a gallant fight, finally, Malaysia's Thomas Cup team succumbed to a 2-3 loss. Personally, I think that we can walk away from Istora Senayan with pride, although we failed to join China and South Korea in the Thomas Cup final.

Lee Chong Wei managed to get the better of Lin Dan. That's definitely a good sign.

Our strategy to rest Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah, seemed does not work for the 1st Men Double. Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong lost to Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

After which, it is Wong Choong Hann's time to bring back the battle for Malaysia. However, he failed to reproduce the kind of spirited performance by Foo Kok Keong in 1992, to help Malaysia to overcome China.

Then, it comes the 2nd Men Double. Mohd Zakry and Mohd Fairuz won this crucial battle, but then Hafiz let us down. He lost quite tamely to Chen Jin.

It is a 2-3 and this is the 1st time Malaysia lost to China in Thomas Cup since the final in 1990. That's a record of 18 years that China has been trying to overcome. They lost to us 3 times in past Thomas Cup semi-finals.

Lets hope that our athlete would bounce back come Olympic Games in 3 months' time.

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