A winning show for Misbun

Reports By K.M. Boopathy


LEE Chong Wei confidently marched into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open amid some guidance from his mentor Misbun Sidek during his second round match at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Chong Wei defeated Hong Kong’s Hu Yun 21-6, 21-9 to reach the quarter-finals but it was Misbun who stole the show as his presence brought much cheer from the crowd.

Misbun received a rousing welcome from the fans when he walked into the playing arena with assistant coach Tey Siu Bock.
Chong Wei did not disappoint Misbun as he gave a polished performance.

Misbun took down some notes during the match, as he usually does, from the coach’s chair. He also gave his protege tips during the intervals.
Chong Wei hugged Misbun after his victory and later revealed that his coach’s presence was a pleasant surprise.

“I didn’t expect him to turn up and was quite surprised when he met me when I was warming up before the match,” said Chong Wei.

“He didn’t say anything when he left and I hope that he will also drop by in the coming days.
“I don’t know if his problem has been solved and I hope BAM cooperates to settle the issue as soon as possible.

“The 2012 Olympics is getting closer and I need to focus on my preparations and I hope this issue will end as soon as possible.”

Chong Wei will meet Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh, who defeated Kazushi Yamada of Japan 21-18, 21-18, in the quarter-finals.

Chong Wei vowed to treat the match seriously although he has beaten Tin Minh six times in seven meetings.

“I have beaten him several times and the last one was in the World Super Series Masters but I will be well prepared.

“It doesn’t not matter who I meet but my preparation will be the same,” said Chong Wei.

Wong Mew Choo’s run in the women’s singles ended with a 21-16 17-21 21-9 loss to defending champion Wang Xin of China in 55 minutes.

However, men’s doubles Zakry Latif-Hoon Thien How made up for Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s shock defeat in the first round and advanced to the last eight.

Zakry-Thien How defeated Singapore’s Chayut Triyachart-Hendri Kurniawan Saputra 21-16, 21-15.

Zakry-Thien How will play Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato of Japan, who defeated Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s conquerers, Shen Ye-Hong Wei, 21-16, 21-16, in the last eight.

Fairuzizuan Tazari-Ong Soon Hock found the going tough against China Guo Zhendong-Chai Biao and lost 21-11, 22-20.

In the women’s doubles, Vivian Hoo-Lim Yin Loo lost 21-17, 21-12 to China’s Cheng Shu-Ma Jin while Singapore’s Sari Shinta Mulia defeated Marylen Ng-Woon Khe Wei 21-17, 21-15.

Read more: A winning show for Misbun http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/hed12/Article#ixzz1Bd1lzuyu



~ by missjewelz on January 21, 2011.

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