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Chong Wei and Co poised to dominate

Discussion in 'Commonwealth Games 2006 Badminton' started by ants, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. ants

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    MALAYSIA’S best ever badminton haul in the Commonwealth Games should be achieved in Melbourne as, on paper, the players are capable of securing five of the six gold medals at stake.

    Chief coach Yap Kim Hock has been more optimistic in recent times as he revised the original Games target from three to four gold medals on Monday and this is something he should have done much earlier looking at the strength of the squad.

    Lee Chong Wei looks too strong in the men’s singles and an all-Malaysian final is on the cards where the World No 2 is expected to meet Wong Choong Hann.

    Chong Wei has a good track record against Choong Hann, the 1998 champion, and looks good to secure his first Commonwealth Games singles gold.

    The only other player who could have troubled Chong Wei is compatriot Hafiz Hashim but the defending champion has been left out of the squad.

    Ronald Susilo is seen as a threat but the Singaporean’s serious knee injury makes Chong Wei’s task easier.

    Despite struggling with the new 21-point scoring system (played on a point per rally best-of-three games format), Malaysia’s domination in the men’s doubles is also likely to continue in Melbourne.

    Chan Chong Ming, who won the gold in Manchester with Chew Choon Eng, will be attempting to repeat the feat with 20-year-old debutant Koo Kien Keat.

    Scratch pair Choong Tan Fook and Choong Hann will be challenging Chong Ming-Kien Keat.

    In the women’s doubles, Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui are the favourites and although Singapore pair Jiang Yanmei-Li Yujia are dangerous, an upset doesn’t look possible.

    Pei Tty-Eei Hui won a bronze in Manchester and she will be looking to emulate Lim Pek Siah-Ang Li Peng who became the first Malaysian women’s doubles pair to win the gold four years ago.

    With a balanced squad, Malaysia are contenders for a fourth gold in the mixed team event where it will be a head-on battle with favourites England.

    Malaysia look good in all departments except for the mixed doubles where World No 1 Nathan Robertson-Gail Emms give England the advantage.

    However, this should not stop Malaysia from winning their first mixed team gold as they are ahead of England in the men’s singles and doubles as well as the women’s singles and doubles.

    Wong Mew Choo remains the last player who can complete a brilliant outing for Malaysia if she can overcome her tendency to crack under pressure and land the women’s singles gold.

    Sylvia Ng is the only Malaysian to win the women’s singles gold — in 1978 — and Mew Choo has the ability to repeat the feat.

    Singapore’s Li Li and Xing Aiying are the players to be wary of but having beaten them before, Mew Choo will have her destiny in her own hands.

    The mixed doubles is the only event Malaysia are not expected to spring a surprise in as Robertson-Gail should clinch the gold.

    Malaysia’s best bet, Kien Keat and Pei Tty, are good for a medal but the duo will not take the risk of over-exerting themselves in the mixed doubles as they have a better chance of striking gold in the men’s and women’s doubles with their partners.
     

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