NATIONAL women’s singles shuttler Wong Mew Choo was in tears after her second round defeat in the Malaysian Open yesterday but top women’s doubles pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty stayed on track in their bid to reach their first semi-finals at home.
Mew Choo, beaten 21-12, 18-21, 17-21 by South Korean rising star Sung Ji-hyun in 62 minutes, blamed herself for the setback.
“I am disappointed. I lost because I did not play my best today. I made so many unforced errors,” said a tearful Mew Choo.
She got off to a fiery start but found it hard to handle the resurgent 18-year-old in the next two games.
She was often caught off guard by the lanky Korean’s tight drop shots and fared miserably at the net.
The 2007 Malaysian Open runner-up, however, gave credit to Ji-hyun.
“If I played my game, I could have beaten her. But she is tall and talented. Her movement is slow but I reckon she will rise up to become a top player,” said Mew Choo.
Ji-hyun is already a star back home as her parents were famous shuttlers in the 1980s.
Her father is Sung Han-kook, the former Asian Games bronze medallist, and her mother is Kim Yun-ja – the last woman player to have won both the singles and doubles events in the All-England.
“It was a very tough match for me today. She made is easier for me by making many mistakes,” said Ji-hyun.
“There is always pressure having famous badminton players as parents. But they are able to give me good counsel and, overall, it has been great. I just joined the national team last year and, hopefully, I will continue to do well,” added Ji-hyun, who will take on compatriot Bae Youn-joo next.
Defending champion Tine Rasmussen of Denmark threw down her racquet in anger after losing 21-13, 16-21, 19-21 to China’s Wang Xin. The defeat ended her hopes of winning the title for the third consecutive time.
Eei Hui-Pei Tty did not have to work too hard in their 21-12, 21-8 win over younger compatriots Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo en route to setting up a meeting with the Taiwanese scratch combination of Chou Chi-chi-Yang Chia-chen.
Malaysia’s Nairul Suhada Abdul Latif-Goh Liu Ying were given a painful lesson in badminton when they went down 3-21, 9-21 to second seeds and world champions Du Jing-Yu Yang of China yesterday.