Saturday, January 10, 2009

Proton Malaysia Open - Quarter Final

Today is the quarter final for Proton Malaysia Open for Badminton. It was a bad day for Malaysia, as 7 out of 8 Malaysia representatives lost their games tonight. The only one who marched into semi final is Lee Chong Wei.

In the Mixed Doubles, Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin lost to Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen 9-21 12-21. Hoon Thien How-Chin Eei Hui lost to Lee Yong Dae-Lee Hyo Jung 8-21 12-21. Both our pairs were originally unseeded, so making into quarter final is already a bonus!

In the Women Doubles, top seed Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Thy failed to keep up their gallant run recently, to lose to Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen 21-17 19-21 11-21. Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen used to be 2004 Athens Olympic Games Gold Medalist.

In the Women Singles, both our representatives lost in the quarter final. They were both unseeded. Julia Wong Pei Xian lost 18-21 14-21 to top seed Zhou Mi. Lydia Cheah Li Ya lost to Wang Chen 15-21 10-21.

In the Men Doubles, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong lost to Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae 13-21 21-17 19-21. A very close match.

In the Men Singles, Daren Liew failed to continue his giant-killing act, and lost 12-21 14-21 to Peter Hoeg Gate. It should be a great exposure for him.

Our sole survivor is Lee Chong Wei, who beat Simon Santoso 21-15 16-21 21-11.

Some of the upsets:-
Men Singles - Hsieh Yu Hsin beat 2nd Seeded Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-15 22-20
Women Doubles - Shendy Puspa Irawati-Meiliana Jauhari beat 3rd Seeded Vita Marissa-Liliyana Natsir 21-18 24-22
Men Doubles - Anthony Clark-Nathan Robertson beat 3rd Seeded Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen 21-16 23-21

Hopefully, our badminton fans would still go all out to support Lee Chong Wei in his quest to win his 5th Malaysia Open. His remaining 3 contenders are Peter Gate, Park Sung Hwan and Hsieh Yu Hsin.

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