PETALING JAYA: The inability of the back-up shuttlers to trouble the seasoned campaigners in the on-going Terengganu Open has made Kuan Beng Hong determined to carry on for another year.
Yesterday, second-seeded Beng Hong tamed Liew Daren 21-12, 21-13 in 35 minutes to reach the final in the second-leg of the National Circuit.
He will take on compatriot Mohd Hafiz Hashim in the final today and will be out to prevent the latter from tasting his first success in the circuit.
Top seed Hafiz also cruised to an easy win yesterday, defeating Mohd Arif Abdul Latif 21-12, 21-9 in 23 minutes.
The Hafiz-Beng Hong final clearly shows that the old hands are still dominant while the youngsters are strugglinlg to make a breakthrough.
Beng Hong, who has been given a chance to prove himself at the Laos SEA Games, said he was happy to have justified his billing.
“I cannot leave the national team when the youngsters are not ready to take over. The seniors’ domination in the National Circuit shows that the back-up shuttlers still have some catching-up to do,” said Beng Hong.
“I can still provide quality sparring for my team-mates. I hope to play for another year, and then I will make up my mind whether to continue or give up.”
As for the SEA Games, he said: “Barring any last-minute changes, I hope to make the trip to Laos. We have an experienced side this time and, hopefully, we can nail the team gold.”
The others in the Laos squad are world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, Hafiz, Daren, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Lim Khim Wah-Chan Peng Soon.
In today’s final, Beng Hong is hoping to turn the tables on Hafiz.
“I have never beaten Hafiz before. It will be tough but I will give my best,” said Beng Hong, who won the 2006 Malacca Open title in the absence of Chong Wei.
Meanwhile, the gallant run of back-up shuttlers Khim Wah-Peng Soon ended when they went down 17-21, 13-21 to former internationals Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng.
Chong Ming-Choong Eng will face another young pair of Vountus Indra Mawan-Goh Wei Shem in the final today.
Vountus-Wei Shem had an easy ride into the final when veterans Tan Fook-Wan Wah conceded a walkover.
Said Wan Wah: “Tan Fook suffered a back strain. We decided not to take a risk and pulled out. Tan Fook will take a few days’ rest before heading for the Vietnam Open next week (in Ho Chi Minh City).”
The Abdul Latif sibling scratch pair of Razif-Nairul Suhada combined well to shock second seeds Ong Jian Guo-Sabrina Chong 21-19, 21-18 to set up a meeting with Fairuzizuan-Pei Tty in the mixed doubles final.
(BAM players unless stated)
Men’s singles: Mohd Hafiz Hashim bt Mohd Arif Abdul Latif 21-12, 21-9; Kuan Beng Hong bt Liew Daren 21-12, 21-13.
Men’s doubles: Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng (Sel-Prk) bt Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah 21-17, 21-13; Vountus Indra Mawan-Goh Wei Shem w.o. Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (Prk).
Women’s singles: Lydia Cheah bt Sannatasah Saniru 21-12, 21-17; Tee Jing Yi bt Lim Yee Theng (Pen) 21-13, 21-12.
Women’s doubles: Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty bt Lim Yin Loo-Ng Paou Leng 21-14, 21-16; Amelia Anscelly-Nairul Suhada Abdul Latif bt Lydia Cheah-Ooi Swee Wern 21-17, 21-18.
Mixed doubles: Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Wong Pei Tty bt Mak Hee Chun-Ng Hui Lin 23-21, 21-18; Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Nairul Suhada Abdul Latif bt Ong Jian Guo-Sabrina Chong 21-19, 21-18.
Boys’ singles: Goh Soon Huat (Mal) bt Misbun Ramdan Misbun (Sel) 15-21, 21-15, 21-16; Mohd Shahrizal Abdul Latif (Sel) bt Ho Khek Mong 21-13, 21-9.
Boys’ doubles: Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han bt Misbun Syawal Misbun-Mohd Shahrizal Abdul Latip (Sel) 20-22, 12-21, 21-7; Tan Wee Tat-Yew Hong Kheng bt Mohd Hafifi Hashim-Mohd Hafizi Hashim (Kel) 21-9, 21-12.
Girls’ singles: Sonia Cheah bt Lim Chiew Sien 21-5, 21-13; Yang Li Lian bt Ng Sin Er 21-17, 21-10.
Girls’ doubles: Lai Pei Jing-Ng Hui Ern bt Joyce Choong Wai Chi-Ti Wei Chyi 21-10, 21-14; Sonia Cheah-Yan Li Lian bt Ong Boon Hui-Shevon Lai Jemie 16-21, 21-16, 22-20
Mixed doubles: Ow Yao Han-Lai Pei Jing bt Yew Hong Kheng-Ong Boon Hui 21-18, 21-16; Chooi Kah Ming-Ng Hui Ern bt Maggie Lim Pei Chi 21-9, 18-21, 21-16.