KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — National shuttlers Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo reached their respective men’s and women’s finals in the inaugural Mini Olympics badminton tournament at the Juara Stadium of the Bukit Kiara Sports Centre here Wednesday.
Their journeys to the finals were just walks in the park as they were against less prominent opponents in the quarter-final and semi-final matches.
Top seed and World No. 1 Chong Wei, who was this year’s Malaysian Open and Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold champion, beat Mohd Roslin Hashim in straight sets, 21-15, 21-9, in a 20-minute quarter-final match.
In the semi-final, Chong Wei, who was the Beijing Olympics silver medallist, outclassed World No. 30 Sairul Amar Ayob, also in straight sets, 21-15, 21-15.
In the final tomorrow, Chong Wei will meet Muhd Hafiz Hashim who created an upset in the other semi-final by outpacing second-seeded Wong Choong Hann 21-19, 19-21, 21-18. In the quarter-final match earlier, Hafiz, who is World No. 37, defeated Kuah Beng Hong in straight sets 21-9, 21-14.
In the women’s singles, top seed Wong Mew Choo beat Stephanie Shalini Sukumaran 21-9, 21-14 in a semi-final match. Prior to that, Mew Choo outclassed Yang Li Lian 19-21, 22-10, 21-9 in a quarter-final match.
In the final, Mew Choo will play Lydia Cheah Li Ya who beat Sonia Cheah Su Ya 22-20, 21-16 in the other semi-final.
In the men’s doubles, World No. 13 pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah beat Goh Wei Shem-Vountus Indra Mawan 21-15, 20-22, 21-18 in a semi-final match to set a date with Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng who upset top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong 21-17, 21-17 in the other semi-final.
In the women’s doubles, top seed and World No. 1 pair Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty will meet Chong Sook Chin-Woon Khe Wei in the final.
In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will take on Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Wong Pei Tty in the final.