PHILIPPINE OPEN 2007 – Great Day for Malaysia and China

All Malaysians and Chinese players in action at today’s Philippine Open semi-finals made it to the following round. No such luck for Indonesia as only one out of five of […]

Image All Malaysians and Chinese players in action at today’s Philippine Open semi-finals made it to the following round. No such luck for Indonesia as only one out of five of their flag bearers did the same.

Article : Ants Kong, Badzine Correspondent. Photos : Ants Kong and Badmintonphoto (archives)

The day was good for Malaysian Lee Chong Wei (Photo) when opponent-to-be Sony Dwi Kuncoro withdrew from the tournament due to the back injury he sustained when playing against Ronald Susilo yesterday.

With an entire day of rest, Lee Chong Wei will be well prepared to confront China’s Chen Hong in tomorrow’s final. The Chinese shuttler will not be an easy target, having built his game plan since the beginning of the tournament. Chen yesterday beat Park Sung Hwan of Korea 21-16, 21-19 in the semi-final.

“I’m sure Chong Wei will be ready for the finals tomorrow”, says coach Misbun Sidek. “We will be looking forward to tomorrow’s explosive match-up between them.”

The other Malaysians on court in the semi-finals, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong,
also managed to reach the ultimate round after just 15 minutes of play, which was all it took them to beat Koreans Han Sang Hoon (photo) and Cho Gun Woo 21-4, 21-12. “As for the men’s doubles against the Koreans, our Malaysian pair hardly broke a sweat due to Sang Hoon’s calf injury he sustained during the mixed doubles match against Vita Marissa and Flandi Limpele in the semis”, explained the Malaysian coach.

The Korean pair couldn’t withdraw from the men’s doubles due to Sang Hoon’s participation in tomorrow’s final against Lilyana Natsir and Nova Widianto in the mixed doubles. “I hope I can still play well tomorrow. I need to get some rest and hopefully my leg will feel much better,” said the young Korean of his injury.

Image Koo and Tan will take on China’s Guo Zhengdong and Xie Zhongbo, who
earlier defeated the defending champions Albertus Susanto Njoto and Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama of Hong Kong 21-17, 21-17 in the other semi-final.

In the women’s doubles, Indonesians Jo Novita and Greysia Polii’s gallant run ended today after they lost to the top seeds
Chien Yu Chin and Cheng Wen Hsing 17-21, 22-24. “We tried our best to hold them. But we lost to a better pair this time. However we are confident we can do better next time,” commented Greysia after the match.

“We are happy that we managed to win in the semis. Hopefully we can win tomorrow’s final against Pan Pan and
Tian Qing from China. They managed to beat the Japanese pair [Maeda and Suetsuna] and that means that they will be not be an easy target. We will have to be aware of them,” said Yu Chin.

On the other hand, Hong Kong’s new representative Zhou Mi had to struggle to shake off Juliane Schenk of Germany. Juliane has gone far in the tournament and has inspired many by her aggressive play and a never-give-up attitude. Zhou Mi took the match 21-14, 17-21 , 21-12 in 56 minutes. She will be facing Zhu Jing Jing of China in the final.

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