Malaysia lost to China in LI NING 2009 SUDIRMAN CUP @ Semi-Finals 3-0
Quite disappointed as I thought at least world no.1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei could have beat Lin Dan and double Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong could deliver another point too but it’s down at 3-0 and China was the Champion of LI NING 2009 SUDIRMAN CUP. In the LI NING 2009 SUDIRMAN CUP Finals, China beat Korea 3-0, China was well prepared and just too strong to be defeated. Guess Malaysian players have to work hard and train even harder for the world meet this August in India.
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Lin Dan and Cai Yun-Haifeng snuff out Malaysian hopes in semis
By RAJES PAUL
PETALING JAYA: China hit Malaysia where it hurts most en route to outclassing our shuttlers 3-0 in the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup mixed team world badminton championship in Guangzhou yesterday.
Malaysia had been banking on world No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei and men’s doubles ace Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong to steal the points against the six-time champions but the trio collapsed when it mattered most.
Expectations were high on Chong Wei to spark a great fightback after the defeat of the mixed doubles pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Wong Pei Tty in the opening match of the semi-final tie.
Fairuzizuan-Pei Tty handed China a 1-0 lead after going down tamely 11-21, 14-21 to All-England champions He Hanbin-Yu Yang in just 34 minutes.
Sheer joy: China’s Lin Dan celebrates after beating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in their semi-final tie. China won 3-0 and will meet South Korea in the final. — AFP
Chong Wei went in with hopes of levelling the tie but found the super fit Lin Dan too hot to handle, going down 16-21, 16-21 in a 56-minute battle.
The signs were all there that it was going to be the muscular Lin Dan’s day when the fired-up Chinese raced to a 5-0 lead in the first game.
A frustrated Chong Wei tried to step up a gear but sloppy attacking play prevented him from keeping pace with Lin Dan.
The second game saw better aggression from Chong Wei but Lin Dan’s court control was so solid that there was nothing Chong Wei could do.
“I gave my best but I made simple mistakes today. But I am satisfied to have given him a good fight,” said Chong Wei yesterday.
“But I will be more prepared when I meet him at the World Championships (in India in August).”
It was then up to Kien Keat-Boon Heong to save the tie for Malaysia but the duo went down fighting 21-19, 15-21, 21-23 to Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng in a 66-minute battle.
Swiss Open champions Kien Keat-Boon Heong got off to a superb start but, as the game progressed, they lived dangerously before winning the first game 21-19.
The Malaysians gave their best in the next two games but could not crack the Chinese pair.
And with the comeback win, Cai Yun-Haifeng proved that the men’s doubles is no longer their weakest link in the team.
With the tie already decided, the two dead matches – Wong Mew Choo versus Wang Yihan and Chin Eei Hui-Ng Hui Lin versus Du Jing-Yu Yang – were not played.
National chief coach Rashid Sidek said they had expected to steal at least one point in the tie yesterday.
“Our hope was on the men’s singles and doubles. But Lin Dan came really prepared to face Chong Wei today,” said Rashid in a telephone interview.
“Lin Dan had better quality in his game. Chong Wei has to cut down on his mistakes. Chong Wei was better in the long rallies but Lin Dan held the advantage with his short explosive returns.
“We also had high hopes on the men’s doubles. They had the chance and played well but they were just not good enough to beat the Chinese pair.”
China will take on South Korea in the final. The Koreans made short work of Indonesia with a 3-1 win in the other semi-final.
Source : TheStar