MALAYSIA OPEN 2014 SF – Goh/Lim’s first, Chong Wei’s last?

After the series of familiar events at the semi-finals this evening, Goh V Shem / Lim Khim Wah passed a personal milestone of entering their first ever Superseries finals, while […]

After the series of familiar events at the semi-finals this evening, Goh V Shem / Lim Khim Wah passed a personal milestone of entering their first ever finals, while Lee Chong Wei looks forward to clinching his 10th – and possibly last – home ground title.

By Ooi Ee Lyn, Badzine Correspondent live in Kuala Lumpur. Photos: Yves Lacroix for Badmintonphoto (live)

The men’s singles semi-finals this evening at the Maybank Superseries Premier was almost a repeat of the same round at the event last year, with Lee Chong Wei playing against Jan O. Jorgensen, and Kenichi Tago against an Indonesian opponent. The only difference was that instead of Sony Dwi Kuncoro, it was Tommy Sugiarto’s turn to represent his country in the semi-finals in Malaysia.

Like how Sony did it last year, Tommy Sugiarto took the match from Kenichi Tago, and earned the chance to be one of the stars to show up on Sunday. On the other hand, despite expecting a tough match, Lee Chong Wei received his spot in the finals with Jan O. Jorgensen (pictured) retiring from the match at the beginning of the second game.

“I felt something during the warm-up and I felt like I couldn’t really stand on my right leg since the first game,” said Jorgensen.  “In the end of the first game, I thought the pain was too much to move. I tried in the second to see if I could do more, but unfortunately I couldn’t.

“I think this is due to the hard program and all the tournaments. I was sick right after the Superseries Finals. I had no badminton for 14 days and only trained for five days for this tournament. I think my body talks for itself now.

“It’s slowly developing. I didn’t pull anything,” explained Jorgensen about his muscular discomfort. “I felt it slightly during the last few rallies yesterday as well, and I thought there’s just no point in going on and making it worst. I need to take care of myself.”

Chong Wei: “This might be my last Malaysia Open.”

“We were quite close in the first game, and I thought his leg pain was a psychological tactic,” said Chong Wei.  “I only realised it was a real injury when he went to the side [after the first game]. He tried three points in the second game, and I think he couldn’t move anymore, so he gave up that match.

“I’ll prepare myself for the toughest match tomorrow. This might be my last match at the Malaysia Open, and I hope to maintain and win my 10th title. It doesn’t matter how tough it gets. I will hang on till the end,” indicated the Malaysian hero who got his 9th Malaysia Open title last year.

Goh/Lim aims at first Superseries title

Four years after the last time a Malaysian men’s doubles pair made it into the finals of the home ground event, Goh V Shem / Lim Khim Wah (pictured top) beat Angga Pratama / Ryan Agung Saputra (pictured), and marched into their first ever Superseries finals, all while finally planting a Malaysian flag in the men’s doubles finals at home after a three-year hiatus.

“When we were trailing in the games, the crowd’s support boosted our confidence and gave us the motivation to fight for Malaysia. We will try harder at the final tomorrow,” said Goh.

Goh/Lim will have to prevail again, against Chai Biao / Hong Wei – who won their match against Hiroyuki Endo / Kenichi Hayakawa – before they can finally taste the win of their first Superseries title.

Familiar matchups, new outcomes

The semi-finals of the mixed doubles saw a repeat of the Lo