22nd OCT 06 TheStar PETALING JAYA: Three senior men’s doubles shuttlers – Choong Tan Fook, Lee Wan Wah and Chan Chong Ming – are set to be dropped from the squad to the Asian Games in Doha in December. The trio gave uninspiring performances in the China Open and in an unprecedented move three youngsters are expected to replace them in the team for the Asiad. In second round matches in Guangzhou on Thursday, veterans Tan Fook-Wan Wah suffered a demoralising defeat by Japanese Keishi Kawaguchi-Naoki Kawamae while Chong Ming-Kien Keat were beaten by the scratch pair of Xia Xuanze-Xu Chen of China. It was the second consecutive early round exit for Tan Fook-Wan Wah after the third-round elimination by Indonesian youngsters Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan at the World Championships in Madrid last month. Chong Ming, who competed in his first tournament after the death of his father last month, is not in his best condition. In the absence of the three seasoned campaigners, Malaysia are expected to be represented by four first-timers at the Asiad – Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Lin Woon Fui. Kien Keat-Boon Heong, who have been earmarked as the future top pair for the country, did Malaysia proud when they emerged as the Japan Open runners-up to veteran Indonesians Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan last week. All-England semi-finalists Fairuzizuan-Woon Fui also proved that they are a pair to watch when they emerged as Malaysia’s best performers in the men’s doubles of the World Championships, reaching the quarter-finals. National doubles coach Rexy Mainaky said yesterday that he found it difficult to accept the defeat of Tan Fook-Wan Wah by the unheralded Japanese. “I am reconsidering Tan Fook’s and Wan Wah’s places in the Asiad squad,” he said. “I accepted their defeat by Markis and Kido at the world meet because this Indonesian pair are no pushovers. But the defeat by the Japanese pair is very, very disappointing.” Rexy added that he would meet chief coach Yap Kim Hock and the BA of Malaysia (BAM) secretary, P. Ganga Rao, soon to decide on the fate of the senior doubles players for the Asiad. “I am waiting for Kim Hock to return from Guangzhou. We will have to decide whether we still want to depend on the seniors or replace them with the youngsters,” he said. Rexy added that they would accept nothing less than a medal if they retain Tan Fook-Wan Wah in the team. “I will make them write a letter promising to deliver a medal. If they cannot live up to the expectations, they will have to leave the squad. This is another option that I can take,” said Rexy. The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary, Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, confirmed yesterday that changes could still be made to the team line-up for the Asiad. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s challenge in the China Open ended on Friday with the exit of women’s singles shuttler Wong Mew Choo, the women’s doubles pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty and the men’s doubles pair of Gan Teik Chai-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif in the quarter-finals. Mew Choo was beaten 17-21, 7-21 by top seed and Japan Open champion Zhang Ning of China. World number six Eei Hui-Pei Tty gave their best but it was not good enough to beat Taiwan’s Chien Yu-chin-Cheng Wen-hsing. They were beaten 21-17, 7-21, 15-21. All-England semi-finalists Teik Chai-Zakry also went down tamely after a brief fight against second seeds Jens Eriksen-Martin Lundgaard Hansen of Denmark. They lost 18-21, 10-21. n MEN'S SINGLES Quarter-finals: Lin Dan (Chn) bt Chan Yan Kit (Hkg) 21-18, 21-17; Chen Jin (Chn) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 21-13, 12-21, 21-18; Bao Chunlai (Chn) bt Chen Yu (Chn) 21-13, 22-20; Chen Hong (Chn) bt Andrew Smith (Eng) 21-17, 21-15. Semi-finals: Bao Chunlai bt Lin Dan 18-21,21-19, 21-10; Chen Hong bt Chen Jin 14-21, 21-15, 21-17. n MEN'S DOUBLES Quarter-finals: Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (Chn) bt Zhang Jun-Sun Junjie (Chn) 21-17, 9-21, 21-15; Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto (Ina) bt Keishi Kawaguchi-Naoki Kawamae (Jpn) 18-21, 21-14, 21-13; Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Xia Xuanze-Xu Chen (Chn) 21-18, 21-13; Jens Eriksen-Martin Lundgaard Hansen (Den) bt Gan Teik Chai-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif (Mas) 21-18, 21-10. Semi-finals: Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng bt Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto 21-18, 18-21,21-13; Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan bt Jens Eriksen-Martin Lundgaard Hansen 21-15, 21-14. n WOMEN'S SINGLES Quarter-finals: Zhang Ning (Chn) bt Wong Mew Choo (Mas) 21-17, 21-7; Wang Chen (Hkg) w.o. Zhu Lin (Chn); Mori Kaori (Jpn) bt Wang Yihan (Chn) 21-13, 21-14; Yao Jie (Fra) bt Lu Lan (Chn) 23-21, 21-19. Semi-finals: Zhang Ning bt Wang Chen 21-13, 21-14; Yao Jie bt Mori Kaori 21-17, 21-18. n WOMEN'S DOUBLES Quarter-finals: Zhang Dan-Zhao Tingting (Chn) bt Seiko Yamada-Shizuka Matsuo (Jpn) 21-17, 21-13; Wei Yili-Zhang Yawen (Chn) bt Kumiko Ogura-Reiko Shiota (Jpn) 21-10, 21-14; Chien Yu-chin-Cheng Wen-hsing (Tpe) bt Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui (Mas) 17-21, 21-7, 21-15; Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen (Chn) bt Wang Xiao Li-Ma Jin (Chn) 21-13, 21-14. Semi-finals: Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen bt Chen Yu-chin-Cheng Wen-hsing 21-12, 17-21, 21-14; Wei Yili-Zhang Yawen bt Zhao Tingting-Zhang Dan 21-15, 17-21, 21-16. n MIXED DOUBLES Quarter-finals: Zhang Jun-Gao Ling (Chn) bt Tsai Chia-hsin-Cheng Wen-hsing (Tpe) 21-7, 21-11; Xu Chen-Zhao Tingting (Chn) bt Hsieh Yu-shing-Chien Yu-chin (Tpe) 21-17, 21-12; Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen (Chn) bt Sudket Prapakamol-T. Saralee (Tha) 21-12, 21-9; He Hanbin-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Robert Blair-Jenny Wallwork (Eng) 21-16, 21-16. Semi-finals: Xu Chen-Zhao Tingting bt Zhang Jun-Gao Ling 21-17, 21-19; Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen bt He Hanbin-Yu Yang 21-16, 21-14.