KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Malaysia’s badminton men’s singles number one player Datuk Lee Chong Wei is the sole survivor of the national squad at the ongoing Indonesian Open that is being held a the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta.
In the quarterfinals today, Chong Wei, the top seed, despatched off Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in straight sets of 21-10 and 21-7 to book his place in the semifinals Saturday.
Awaiting him is Indonesia’s Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka who scored an upset victory against third seeded Du Pengyu of China in a three setter, winning in 21-15, 15-21 and 21-9.
Malaysia’s hopes to see more national players advancing were dashed when the mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying (ranked 5th in the world) crashed out 15-21 and 16-21 the hosts’ pair of Ahmad Tontowi and Liliyana Natsir.
Malaysia’s world ranked number three men’s doubles pair, Koo Kien Kiat and Tan Boon Heong fell by the wayside in the second round Thursday.
Malaysia did not field any women singles or doubles teams this time around.