Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s back-up men’s singles shuttlers Lim Chi Wing who won the Vietnam International Series title in October, has done just enough to qualify for the National Grand Prix Finals in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.
Despite losing to R. Satheishtharan 21-13, 12-21, 14-21 on Sunday morning, Lim Chi Wing defeated second seed Lim Fang Yang 21-17, 21-10 later in the afternoon. Together with his victory against Goh Giap Chin on Saturday, he has earned sufficient points to come out on top in Group B.
Meanwhile, the third seeded Daren Liew survived a huge scare on Sunday as he opened his bid for his first ever national title. Daren dispatched Nur Mohd Azriyn Bin Ayub 21-19, 21-14 in the morning, but he was forced to dig deep in his second match of the day after stiff resistance from Tan Kian Meng. Daren needed total of 42 minutes to fight back from one set down to overpower Tan 21-16, 17-21, 21-19 for a spot in the semi-finals.
Another men’s singles player Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin, who was upset by Lee Zii Jia 20-22 16-21 in his second Group C match that was held on Sunday morning, came back strong in the afternoon to beat his teammate at national squad Goh Soon Huat 14-21, 21-16, 21-11, finished top in Group C and will face the Group A champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli for a place in the final.
Here are other semi-final matches on Monday:
Ho Yen Mei vs Lee Ying Ying
Yang Li Lian vs Lim Yin Fun
Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Ee Yi vs Low Juan Shen-Ong Yew Sin
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong vs Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen
Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing vs Tan Wee Gieen-Peck Yen Wei
Wong Fai Yin-Chow Mei Kuan vs Mohd Lutfi Zaim Khalid-Soong Fie Cho
Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho vs Joyce Choong Wai Chi-Yap Cheng Wen
Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean vs Peck Yen Wei-Yap Zhen