Too easy for Chong Wei (pic)


IT was another effortless win and it showed how much the national shuttlers are lagging behind Lee Chong Wei as he stormed into the semi-finals of the Johor Open at the Johor Baru City Stadium yesterday.

Back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng has been training with Chong Wei for more than a year but it hardly mattered as the latter picked up an easy 21-10, 21-5 win in 30 minutes in the quarter-finals. Wong Mew Choo beat Tiffany Chase Currier 21-11, 21-6 in the semi-finals of the Johor Open at the Johor Baru City Stadium yesterday.

Kuan Beng Hong reached the semi-finals after beating back-up player Lim Fang Yang of Pahang 21-17, 21-4 in just 20 minutes and will take on Chong Wei today.

Arif Latif also claimed a semi-final spot after beating Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin 21-16, 21-11 in 30 minutes.

Third seed Chong Wei Feng also advanced after beating fellow back-up player Liew Daren 21-15, 21-18 and will meet Arif in the last four.
Women’s singles top seed Wong Mew Choo also faced little trouble as she cruised into the last four with a 21-11, 21-6 win and will next play back-up shuttler Ooi Swee Wenn.

Swee Wenn progressed to the next round when she beat Lee Joo Yiet of Johor 21-12, 21-12.

The other semi-final will be a closely fought affair as Julia Wong will meet Lydia Cheah in a clash of national shuttlers.

Julia earned her spot in the last four after beating Stephanie Shalini 21-18, 21-15 while Lydia defeated Lim Yee Theng of Penang 21-12, 21-5.

In the men’s doubles, Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari were shocked by back-up pair Goh Wei Shem-Ong Jian Guo who secured a 21-15, 21-19 win to reach the last eight. The result meant Zakry-Fairuz are out of National Grand Prix Finals in Alor Star on Dec 9-12.

Top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were almost embarrassed by Arif and Vountus Indra Mawan but managed to snatch a 16-21, 21-18, 24-22 win to make it to the last eight.

Results — (All Q-Finals) Men’s Singles: Lee Chong Wei (BAM-Pg) bt Chan Kwong Beng (BAM-Pk) 21-10, 21-5; Kuan Beng Hong (BAM-Ked) bt Lim Fang Yang (BAM-Pah) 21-17, 21-4; Chong Wei Feng (BAM-Ked) bt Liew Daren (BAM-KL) 21-15, 21-18; Arif Latif (BAM-NS) bt Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin (BAM-Joh) 21-16, 21-11.

Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (BAM-Pk-Ked) bt Arif Latif-Vountus Indra Mawan (BAM-NS-Sab) 16-21, 21-18, 24-22; Mak Hee Chun-Teo Kok Siang (BAM-Pk-Joh) bt Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng (Sel-Pg) 21-23, 21-13, 21-19; Goh Wei Shem-Ong Jian Guo (BAM-KL-Mal) bt Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari (BAM-NS-Pk) 21-15, 21-19; Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (BAM-Pk) bt Razif Latif-Tan Wee Kiong (BAM-NS-Joh) 21-16, 16-21, 21-17.

Women’s Singles: Wong Mew Choo (BAM-Sel) bt Tiffany Chase Currier (BAM-Mal) 21-11, 21-6; Ooi Swee Wenn (BAM-Ked) bt Lee Joo Yiet (Joh) 21-12, 21-12; Lydia Cheah (BAM-KL) bt Lim Yee Theng (Pg) 21-12, 21-5; Julia Wong (BAM-Mal) bt S. Stephanie Shalini (BAM-KL) 21-18, 21-15.


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