PETALING JAYA: KLRC’s Mohd Hafiz Hashim is just one step away from reaching his first semi-finals this year.
Yesterday, the former All-England champion continued his fine form to make the quarter-finals of the Macau Open with a convincing 21-19, 21-13 win over Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the third round.
Today, he will take on Japan’s Kenichi Tago in a bid to end the rut after struggling throughout the year.
If he continues to get the better of rising youngsters, the 28-year-old Hafiz will surely be considered for the Thomas Cup Finals next year.
There were, however, mixed fortunes for Malaysia in both the men’s and women’s doubles.
In the men’s doubles, only Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Vountus Indra Mawan are left in the fray after KLRC’s Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif crashed out.