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12-04-2004, 11:45 PM #1
Chong Wei knocks out Choong Hann to storm into final
PETALING JAYA: Shuttlers Lee Chong Wei and Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat continued to stamp their mark as the top players in the country when they marched into the men's singles and doubles finals respectively in the US$50,000 Taiwan Open yesterday.
The unseeded Chong Ming-Kien Keat pulled off the biggest upset when they blew away top seed and world number 14 Liu Kwok Wak-Albertus Susanto Njoto of Hong Kong 15-12, 15-7 in the semi-finals.
The duo are now on the right track to win their first international title. They will take on Indonesians Hendra Gunawan-Joko Riyadi in the final today.
The 22-year-old Chong Wei consolidated his position as the top player in the country when he clinched his easiest win yet over senior Wong Choong Hann, with a convincing 15-6, 15-3 victory to book his second consecutive final in an international tournament.
After falling short in the final of the Singapore Open two weeks ago, Chong Wei has now a bright chance to win his first international title outside of Malaysia.
The Malaysian Open champion will take on junior Kuan Beng Hong in the final today.
The 21-year-old Beng Hong snuffed out the fire in teammate Lee Tsuen Seng with a hard-fought 15-12, 15-11 victory to reach his first Open final.
Kien Keat also stayed in the hunt for a doubles title when he checked into the mixed doubles final with Wong Pei Tty.
The duo put up a sterling fight to edge Singaporeans Saputra Hendry Kurniawan-Li Yujia 16-17, 15-10, 15-9. They had also beaten the Singaporeans in the Singapore Open semi-finals two weeks ago.
However, it was the end of the road for Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui in the women's doubles. The duo went down tamely 4-15, 9-15 to top seed Chien Yu-chin-Cheng Wen-hsing of Taiwan.
12-05-2004, 12:56 PM #2
I think Chong Wei is just too strong now. If he had better stamina, Kenneth Jonassen would not have won the Singapore Open, he would have been defeated like Choong Hann (I remember Kenneth was blasted 15-3 in the first set before CW ran out of steam).
This guy has speed, power, precision and a very important element to win - placement. His defence, from what I have seen, is also very impressive. He now needs to moderate his expenditure of energy throughout a match, no point overkilling your opponent in the 1st set but then running out of steam later.
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