KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are left with Lee Chong Wei and former national doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah to keep the fire going in cold Seoul after the second round matches of the Korean Open yesterday.
After a jittery start on the opening day, top seed Chong Wei gave a better account of himself , taking only 20 minutes to beat Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsul 21-14, 21-9 yesterday to set up a quarter-final match against Park Sung-hwan.
The Korean will be out to avenge his defeat by the world number one in the Malaysia Open final last Sunday.
National chief coach Rashid Sidek said that he was glad to see Chong Wei warming up to the task in Seoul.
“He is getting better and showed the vast difference in standard between him and the young Thai today. But the toughest job is to beat a Korean on his home ground,” he said in a telephone interview.
“Sung-hwan will have the extra motivation to please his fans and he may get some form of help from the line judges. From past experience in South Korea, line calls favouring home players can be a problem and Chong Wei has to be psychologically ready for the challenges tomorrow.”