IT WAS on Wong Mew Choo and the doubles pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty to deliver but they failed and Malaysia's hopes of making a first semi-finals appearance in the Uber Cup Finals were crushed in a 0-3 defeat by Indonesia yesterday.
Much hope was placed on Mew Choo to clinch the first point in the quarter-final tie. But she fell to a tame 9-21 16-21 defeat by Adriyanti Firdasari.
Then Eei Hui-Pei Tty paid dearly for their defensive tactics and were beaten 24-26 18-21 by Greysia Polii-Meiliana Jauhari. The Malasian duo also lost to the top ranked Indonesian pair in the first round of the All-England in March.
Youngster Tee Jing Yi had to bear the pressure of keeping the tie alive for Malaysia but her perseverance was broken down by Maria Kristin Yulianti. A determined Jing Yi put up some resistance before going down 19-21, 16-21 to the Beijing Olympic bronze medallist.
Indonesia take on defending champions China in the semi-finals today while the Malaysian team were left pondering over a good opportunity came to waste.
It was the third time that Malaysia ended their campaign in the quarter-finals stage since the knockout format was introduced in 2004.
Singles chief coach Rashid Sidek said that it was a great opportunity for the girls to make it to the semi-finals for the first time because they were not up against China or South Korea.
“We had beaten Indonesia at the Laos SEA Games last year and there was confidence in beating them again,” he said.
“We were hoping to succeed with the same strategy â€“ to take one point from the singles and two from the doubles.
“We did not have either Julia Wong or Lydia Cheah in the team because of injuries and Mew Choo had to deliver. Her defeat was unexpected as she had beaten Adriyanti a few times, the last being at the Laos Games team final. Her opponent read her game better this time and it was over for us after she lost,” said Rashid.
Mew Choo apologised for the failure to give Malaysia a winning start.
“I was too tense. I was trying to bring out my best game but it just did not happen today. My opponent was controlling me and I just could not come out of it,” said the weary-looking Mew Choo.