NEW ZEALAND OPEN 2007 – Wong and Zhou move on, Jun and Roslin out

With four veterans working on their comebacks, a big night of badminton was scheduled for the KLRC NZ Open quarter-finals and that is exactly what the local supporters received. The […]

ImageWith four veterans working on their comebacks, a big night of badminton was scheduled for the KLRC NZ Open quarter-finals and that is exactly what the local supporters received. The stadium was full and some were even turned away at the door after all the tickets sold out.

By Lynne Scutt, Badzine Correspondent in Auckland

The first of the interesting games saw Zhou Mi go up against Jun Jae Youn of Korea. This was a hard battle but the experience of Zhou came through in 2 close sets. The top seeds in the men’s doubles, Njoto and Wiratama of Hong Kong, were given a slight scare by their Indonesian opponents, getting pushed in each set, but held them off to take the match 26-24, 22-20.

ImageThe highlights of the night were definitely the singles matches. In the ladies’ event, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tracey Hallam took on the second seed from Hong Kong, Yip Pui Yin. Hallam was the stronger starter but Yip clawed her way into the game and responded well to the local crowd support, throwing herself around the court to overcome Hallam 21-19 in the deciding set.

On the next court was experienced Malaysian and 3/4 seed Roslin Hashim taking on the new kid on the block, Tedjono of Indonesia. The crowd was split between the 2 players and many of the rallies didn’t disappoint them. The young Indonesian was very consistent and fought hard for every point, wearing down Hashim in 2 close sets to put him into the semi-final. He would now meet Yeoh Kay Bin, who was an easy winner in his match with top seed Andrew Smith, taking it home 21-11, 21-5.

Wong Choong Han of Malaysia, unseeded at this event, was making his way through the field quite comfortably until he met the energetic and exciting Alamsyah Yunus. The longest match of the night was a topsey turvey event, full of great rallies right to the end. They both had leads at different times in the match and support got louder and louder as the match went on. In the end, the experience showed through with a relieved Wong taking the match.

Last year’s winner Tsuen Seng Lee was determined to make it through the next round with a convincing win over Chan Yan Kit. He will now meet Wong in the other semi-final, which promises to be a fantastic match.

ImageMost other games went according to plan in the doubles and mixed doubles. The New Zealand supporters were hoping for an upset by Renee Flavell and Craig Cooper but the pair couldn’t repeat their performance from the night before over the top seeds.

All results available HERE

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