New Delhi: Winner of Wednesday’s Malaysia vs South Korea tie would avoid China or Indonesia in the last eight of Thomas Cup knockout stage. The big questions for Malaysia remain who it would field as the third singles.
The lackluster performance of Daren Liew against India and Germany has raised concerns about his ability to fend off his Korean opponent if the match is tie at 2-2, and the outcome will come down to who win the third singles. By comparing the lineup and meeting records on both teams, the battle would most likely go down to the wire.
As BadmintonPlanet.com mentioned yesterday, in order to defeat Korea, Malaysia has to score two points from its singles, and at least one point from its doubles. Lee Chong Wei is rock solid for the first point, and Chong Wei Feng has played well in his first two matches. Malaysian coaches will have to decide if they want to continue to field Daren Liew as third singles, or take chances on Goh Soon Huat.
23-year-old Soon Huat has been pretty steady during and after the Thomas Cup selection trials. He does have the winning attitude. However, his lack of international experience and not much exposure to major tournaments might hold him back.
Malaysia’s Thomas-Uber Cup project squad leader Rashid Sidek said: “I don’t understand why Daren played with such poor form against India and Germany. The outcome of the game already been decided when he was on the court, there was no pressure on him at all!”
“Well, it is possible that we will play Soon Huat, the coaches will meet and will finalize plans for the tie.”