MALAYSIA is looking at sending its largest squad to the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16 as women’s singles Lydia Cheah and several other doubles combinations have made the cut at the second phase of selection which was confirmed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday.
Lydia’s name was included by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) as a replacement for Julia Wong who suffered a knee injury during the Sudirman Cup two weeks ago and the request was accepted by BWF.
Former national pair Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng are the fourth men’s doubles combination, after Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari and Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah, to qualify for the World Championships at the second phase of selection.
Chong Ming-Choon Eng, bronze medallists at the 2001 edition, will be aiming for their second medal while veterans Tan Fook-Wan Wah will be targeting a third after having secured bronze in 2001 and 2007.
Fong Chew Yen-Mooi Hing Yau, also former national women’s doubles, have qualified but KLRC Bhd’s Lim Pek Siah-haw Chiou Hwee have declined to compete in Hyderabad.
BAM has already named Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui and Woon Khe Wei-Chong Sook Chin from the first phase of selection which ended on May 14.
"Except for the women’s singles where we can only have two players, we are looking at maximum representation in all five events in the World Championships," said BAM general manager Kenny Goh.
"We have also made requests for our young pairs to be included in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles and we will know before June 22 if they can make the cut."
BAM is also seeking to replace Marilyn Ng-Lim Yin Loo with Pek Siah-Chiou Hwee which will ensure Malaysia has four pairs in Hyderabad.
Back-up mixed-doubles pairs Ong Jian Guo-Chong Sook Chin and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying could also find themselves competing in the event if BAM’s request is granted by BWF.
Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin and Razif Latif-Woon Khe Wei are the other mixed doubles to qualify from the first phase.
The Qualifiers — Men’s Singles: Lee Chong Wei, Wong Choong Hann, Lee Tsuen Seng.
Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari, Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah, Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng.
Women’s Singles: Wong Mew Choo, Lydia Cheah.
Doubles: Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui, Woon Khe Wei-Chong Sook Chin, Fong Chew Yen-Mooi Hing Yau.
Mixed Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin, Razif Latif-Woon Khe Wei.