Mew Choo springs a surprise (pic)



PETALING JAYA: Top woman shuttler Wong Mew Choo pulled off an upset win on a day of mixed fortunes for Malaysia in the US,000 China Open in Guangzhou yesterday.

While Mew Choo carved out a stunning 21-18, 21-19 second round win over world number 10 Jiang Yangjiao for her first-ever triumph over a Chinese shuttler, Malaysia's Asiad-bound men flopped miserably.

MEW CHOO: Beat Chinas Jiang Yangjiao 21-18, 21-19 in the second round.

The mens doubles shuttlers suffered the biggest blow when joint third-fourth seeds Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat and Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah fell to shock defeats against unheralded pairs in the second round yesterday.

After a promising start, Chong Ming-Kien Keat were beaten 21-11, 20-22, 20-22 by Chinas scratch pair of Xia Xuanze-Xu Chen.


Tan Fook-Wan Wah suffered an even more demoralising defeat when they went down tamely 17-21, 9-21 to Japanese Keishi Kawaguchi-Naoki Kawamae.

Gan Teik Chai-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif are the only surviving pair. They defeated teammates Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How 21-19, 21-12.

Teik Chai-Zakry will face second seeds Jens Eriksen-Martin Lundgaard Hansen of Denmark in the quarter-finals today.

Malaysias challenge in the mens singles also came to an end when lone survivor Kuan Beng Hong crashed out 11-21, 9-21 to Chen Jin of China in the third round.

National chief coach Yap Kim Hock was not amused with the performances of the Asiad-bound doubles players especially Tan Fook-Wan Wah.

Their performances were uninspiring today. I am dumbfounded by their defeat to an unknown Japanese pair. I will discuss with Rexy (Mainaky) about their performances, said Kim Hock in a telephone interview from Guangzhou.

We had hoped for better results from the doubles players here. We have to review their performances and fix the problems quickly in their preparation for the Asian Games (Dec 1-15).

While the Asiad-bound men performed below par, the women players Mew Choo and doubles pair Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty have come good.

Mew Choo can be proud of her achievement as Yanjiao is currently Chinas fifth ranked player after Zhang Ning (No 1), Xie Xingfang (No 2), Zhu Lin (8th) and Lu Lan (9th).

Mew Choo, however, faces an uphill task today as she will face top seed and Japan Open champion Zhang Ning.

Youngster Julia Wong failed to match Mew Choo, going down tamely 11-21, 13-21 to Lu Lan.

Malaysias reliable pair of Eei Hui-Pei Tty beat arch-rivals Jiang Yanmei-Li Yujia of Singapore 21-6, 21-12 to set up a quarter-final showdown against Taiwanese veterans Chien Yu-chin-Cheng Wen-hsing.

Said Kim Hock: The women players have been consistent with their performances and I am happy with that.

The next round will definitely be more challenging for our women shuttlers but I hope they will not make it easy for their opponents.



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