Glasgow: Malaysia shuttlers showed great spirit in the first round of badminton individual events after winning gold medal in yesterday’s mixed team event.
Chong Wei Feng who had a bye in the first round, will play Buwaneka Dullewa of Sri Lanka in the second round. Wei Feng felt relief to win a crucial point for Malaysia in the mixed team final.
“There was pressure right from the beginning in yesterday’s final. We were defending champs and people expected us to play the game like we did last time and win,” said Wei Feng.
“Rajiv played extremely well. Luckily, I did enough to hang on and won the game. Frankly, playing in Thomas Cup Finals taught me how to prevail in a difficult match,” added Wei Feng. However, Wei Feng will have to cruise through players such as K. Srikanth, P. Kashyap and R.M.V Gurusaidutt, Rajiv Ouseph and compatriot Daren Liew in order to win the men’s singles gold.
In other men’s singles, Daren Liew defeated Lee Yon of Saint Helena 21-3, 21-11 in the first round, and will play Daniel Sam of Ghana in second round.
The newly-formed but highly-rated duo Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem also capable of adding gold for Malaysia in the men’s doubles individual event. They defeated Mark Constable-Alexander Hutchings 21-18, 21-14 in the opening round and will play Toby Ng-Andrew D’Souza of Canada in the second round. Another scratch pair of Chan Peng Soon-Daren Liew had a bye in first round, and they are expected to win the second round game against Michael Donohoe-Richard Cribb from Norfolk Island easily.
Tee Jing Yi who scored the winning point for Malaysia in the mixed team event had a bye in the first round of women’s singles event. She will play Elme de Villiers of South Africa in the second round tomorrow.
Malaysia’s mixed doubles pairs- Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing, Goh V Shem-Lim Yin Loo, Tan Wee Kiong-Vivian Hoo, were able to advance to the second round of mixed doubles event.
Women’s doubles will start their first round competition on July 30th.