Skipping China Open pays off for Zakry-Fairuzizuan
PETALING JAYA: Staying out of the China Open to work on their game for the last two weeks has brought a positive result for doubles pair Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari.
The second-ranked Malaysian pair defeated compatriots Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong 21-15, 21-17 in just 24 minutes in their opening Group A match of the Super Series Masters Finals at the Bandaraya Stadium in Johor Baru yesterday.
The win was a big step for Zakry-Fairuzizuan in their bid to reach the semi-finals. Their remaining group matches are against Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen of China and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki-Rian Sukmawan of Indonesia.
With the top two pairs in the group advancing to the semi-finals, Kien Keat-Boon Heong are still not out of contention.
In Group B, South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Junug Jae-sng and Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen look good for the semi-final berths with impressive straight-game wins in their opening matches.
National coach Rexy Mainaky gave due credit to Zakry-Fairuzizuan for their win over Kien Keat-Boon Heong.
“Zakry and Fairuzizuan played well today and showed their determination to win. This is a good comeback to form from them,” he said.
Zakry and Fairuzizuan skipped the China Open due to elbow pain to the former and a foot injury to the latter.
“Koo and Tan continued to show their vulnerability against their team-mates. Koo was not at his best today but I am optimistic that they will bounce back. They just need to tighten up their defensive game a little more,” said Rexy.
In the women’s doubles, defending champions Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty hardly raised sweat to win their opening Group A match.
They defeated the Canadian-German combination of Charmaine Reid-Nicole Grether 21-11, 21-11.