KUANTAN: Youngster Chan Kwong Beng (pic) and the experienced men’s doubles pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif scored a first in the Pahang Open yesterday.
Kwong Beng, who used to be the whipping boy in the national training squad, stunned former international Mohd Roslin Hashim to set up a meeting with top seed Lee Chong Wei in today’s men’s singles final at the Pahang Sports Complex Indoor Stadium.
Yesterday, the 21-year-old showed great determination to beat Roslin 24-22, 21-19 in a 50-minute semi-final battle to reach his first final in a local Open tournament.
Kwong Beng trains under Misbun Sidek and has clearly benefited from sparring with Chong Wei and Roslin.
The shuttler from Perak was ecstatic over his breakthrough win.
“Finally, I will feature in the final of the Open tournament. The win over Roslin is really important for me,” said Kwong Beng. “This year, my coach (Misbun) told me to buck up because of my below-par performances. That has been the driving factor for me to do well.”
On his match against Chong Wei, he said: “It will be tough to beat him. He is a class above everyone else here.”
World No. 1 Chong Wei, who is set to continue his domination in the local circuit for the eighth consecutive year, was happy for Kwong Beng.
“It’s always good to see a youngster coming through the ranks. This is a good breakthrough for Kwong Beng and I hope it will give him a lot of confidence,” said Chong Wei.
In the men’s doubles, Fairuzizuan-Zakry beat former internationals Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng 21-16, 19-21, 21-13 to reach their first final in an Open tournament.
They will take on surprise finalists Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah, who dumped top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong with a sensational 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 win in the other semi-final.
Zakry was happy that they finally got it right after failing to come good in local tournaments for the last two years.
“The irony is that we have never cleared the quarter-finals of the local tournaments for the last two years. Finally, we ended our jinx,” said Zakry.
“We are not surprised with Tan Fook-Wan Wah’s win over Koo-Tan. The veteran pair know everyone’s game by heart.”
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Semi-finals: Lee Chong Wei bt Kuan Beng Hong 21-8, 21-8; Chan Kwong Beng bt Mohd Roslin Hashim (Sel) 24-22, 21-19.
Semi-finals: Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah bt Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong 17-21, 21-19, 21-17; Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif bt Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng 21-16, 19-21, 21-13.
Semi-finals: Lydia Cheah bt Tee Jing Yee 21-17, 21-16; Sannatasah Saniru bt Stephanie Shalini Sukumaran 21-15, 17-21, 21-18.
Quarter-finals: Goh Liu Ying-Nairul Suhada Abdul Latif bt Sannatasah Saniru-Tee Jing Yee 14-21, 21-18, 23-21; Ng Paou Leng-Woon Khe Wei bt Lim Siew Chin-Tan Sin Lan 21-11, 21-9; Ng Hui Lin-Vivian Hoo bt Lee Joo Yiet-Yeow Mie Xi 21-10, 21-12; Amelia Anscelly-Lim Yin Loo bt Lim Yee Theng-Ng Soo Mui 21-18, 15-21, 23-21.
Semi-finals: Liu Ying-Nairul bt Paou Leng-Khe Wei 23-21, 18-21, 21-18; Amelia-Yin Loo bt Hui Lin-Vivian Hoo 21-18, 18-21, 21-13.
Quarter-finals: Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin bt Teo Kok Siang-Amelia Anscelly 21-15, 21-14; Lim Khim Wah-Ng Paou Ling bt Mak Hee Chun-Nairul Suhada Abdul Latif 21-19, 13-21, 21-13; Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Woon Khe Wei bt Ong Jien Guo-Sabrina Chong 21-17, 19-21, 21-19; Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Lim Yin Loo bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 23-21, 20-22, 21-19.
Semi-finals: Kien Keat-Hui Lin bt Khim Wah-Paou Ling 19-21, 21-11, 21-15; Lutfi-Yin Loo bt Razif-Khe Wei 18-21, 22-20, 25-23.
Boys’ singles: Ho Khek Mong-Soo Kar Seong 21-12, 21-13; Goh Soon Huat-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub 21-12, 21-17.
Boys’ doubles: Ow Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng bt Mohd Aiman Husin-Nurakmal Romsani 21-16, 21-13; Cheah Like Hou-Chow Pak Chuu bt Chooi Kah Ming-Pang Zheng Lin 21-16, 21-9.
Girls’ singles: Sonia Cheah bt Ho Yen Mei 21-5, 21-12; Yang Li Lian bt Lee Meng Yean 23-21, 21-9.
Girls’ doubles: Sonia Cheah-Yang Li Lian bt Ng Sin Er-Nurhani Abdul Aziz 21-15, 21-14; Lai Pei Jing-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean 21-17, 21-7.
Mixed doubles: Ow Yao Han-Lai Pei Jing bt Koay Wei Sheng-Chiam Xue Qi 21-13, 21-5; Tan Wee Tat-Ng Hui Ern bt Heg Wei Kiat-Maggie Lim Pei Chi 21-16, 21-11.