PETALING JAYA: The failure to get past the early rounds in their outings in Europe will cost Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty the number one position on the world women’s doubles ranking list.
Eei Hui-Pei Tty, who conceded a walkover to South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun-Kim Min-jung in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open in Basel on Friday, will drop to second place behind Taiwan’s Chen Wen-hsing-Chien Yu-chin in the new ranking list to be released next week.
Wen-hsing-Yu-chin defeated Danes Lena Frier Kristiansen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-16, 21-16 in the quarter-finals. The Taiwanese would have enough ranking points to knock Eei Hui-Pei Tty from the top spot even if they lost to Olympic champions Du jing-Yu Yang of China in the semi-finals yesterday.
Eei-Hui-Pei Tty, who won the Super Series Masters Finals last December, were eliminated in the second round of the All-England in Birmingham last week, losing in straight games to the Chinese fifth ranked pair of Pan Pan-Qing Tian.
National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek, who is taking charge of the doubles players as well in the Swiss Open in the absence of Rexy Mainaky, said that Eei Hui complained of pain in her back and they decided in not risking her to aggravating the injury.
“She already had the injury in the All-England but felt okay enough to play in the Swiss Open,” said Rashid in a telephone interview from Basel yesterday.
“But she complained of pain again and we thought it was better for her not to continue because she would certainly be stretched by the Korean pair. It was unfortunate. I felt that they had a good chance to reach the semi-finals. “But the good thing is Eei Hui has plenty of time to make full recovery. She does not have any tournaments until probably May.”
Eei Hui-Pei Tty are not taking part in the Indian Open at the end of the month and the Asian Championships in South Korea from April 7-12. But they are expected to be in the Malaysian side for the Sudirman Cup (world mixed team championships) in Guangzhou from May 10-17.
From Friday’s quarter-final action, Malaysian interest in the Swiss Open was kept alive in two events with top seed Lee Chong Wei joining the doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in reaching the semi-finals.
Chong Wei had to did deep into his reserves to beat former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 21-23, 21-12, 21-19 in 66 minutes.
It was in contrast to the semi-final match at the All-England in which Chong Wei scored an easy win over Taufik and went on to finish as the runner-up to China’s Lin Dan.
The other Malaysian in action in the men’s singles quarter-finals, Sairul Amar Ayob, failed to secure a first-ever Super Series semi-final appearance, losing 18-21, 16-21 to Dane Jan O Jorgensen.
Men’s singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 21-23, 21-12, 21-19; Chen Jin (Chn) bt Andrew Smith (Eng) 21-10, 21-5.
Men’s doubles: Lee Yong-dae-Shin Baek-choel (Kor) bt Kenichi Hayakawa-Kenta Kazuno (Jpn) 23-21, 21-15; Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun (Chn) bt Chris Adcock-Robert Blair (Eng) 21-10, 21-11.
Women’s singles: Jiang Yanjiao (Chn) bt Salakjit Ponsana (Tha) 21-16, 21-13; Lu Lan (Chn) bt Saina Nehwal 18-21, 21-8, 21-17; Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Zhou Mi (Hkg) 21-11, 23-21; Pi Hongyan (Fra) bt Juliane Schenk (Ger) 21-18, 21-13.
Women’s doubles: Du Jing-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Zhang Yawen-Zhao Tingting (Chn) 26-24, 21-16; Chen Wen-hsing-Chien Yu-chin (Tpe) bt Lena Frier Kristiansen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 21-16, 21-16; Lee Hyo-jung-Lee Kyung-won (Kor) bt Shendy Puspa Irawati-Meiliana Jauhari (Ina) 21-7, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Zheng Bo-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Nova Widianto-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) 21-13, 21-12; Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam (Tha) bt He Hanbin-Yu Yang (Chn) 21-11, 21-19; Chen Xu-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen (Chn) 21-16, 11-21, 21-13.
Men’s singles: Lin Dan (Chn) bt Chen Jin (Chn) 21-13, 21-14.
Women’s singles: Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Lu Lan (Chn) 22-20, 19-21, 21-16.
Mixed doubles: Zheng Bo-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam (Tha) 21-14, 21-19; Lee Yong-dae-Lee Hyo-jung (Kor) bt Chen Xu-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 21-18, 21-17.