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02-19-2006, 09:12 PM #1
BADMINTON: Malaysia are Asian Zone champs
MALAYSIA emerged champions of the Thomas Cup Asian Zone qualifying round when they edged South Korea 3-2 in the final in Jaipur, India yesterday.
The singles players lived up to expectation yet again winning all three points as the doubles failed to deliver a single point.
Lee Chong Wei, Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong, who delivered in the 3-2 win against Indonesia in the semi-final on Saturday, were on song again.
Chong Wei gave Malaysia an encouraging start when he beat Lee Hyun Il 21-10, 21-17 in the first singles.
Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat then continued with their below par performance in the tournament when they crashed 20-22, 20-22 to Lee Jae Jin-Han Sang Hoon in the first doubles.
Hafiz had to battled hard to put Malaysia ahead in the second singles before winning 21-23, 23-21, 21-7 against Park Sung Hwan. Lee Jae Jin-Lee Yong Dae kept South Korea in the match when they secured a 17-21, 21-13, 21-15 win over Lin Woon Fui-Fairuizuan Tazari in the second doubles to level the score.
Beng Hong then clinched Malaysia’s victory when he outplayed Lee Cheol Ho 21-15, 21-12 in the third singles.
Meanwhile, South Korea became the Uber Cup Asian Zone champions when they beat Taiwan 3-0 in the final.
Malaysia had a disappointing outing where they could only manage a fifth placing and missed out on a place in the finals.
They can only qualify if any of the Asian teams withdraw from the final round, something which is highly unlikely.
RESULTS — Thomas Cup: Malaysia 3 South Korea 2 (Lee Chong Wei bt Lee Hyun Il 21-10, 21-17; Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat lost to Lee Jae Jin-Han Sang Hoon 20-22, 20-22; Hafiz Hashim bt Park Sung Hwan 21-13, 23-21, 21-7; Lin Woon Fui-Fairuzizuan Tazari lost to Lee Jae Jin-Lee Yong Dae 21-17, 13-21, 15-21; Kuan Beng Hong bt Lee Cheol Ho 21-15, 21-12).
Uber Cup: South Korea 3 Taiwan 0 (Seo Yoon Hee bt Huang Chia Hsin 21-13, 21-13; Lee Yun Hwa bt Chiu Yi Ju 21-8, 21-14; Lee Kyung Won-Ha Jung Eun bt Cheng Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin 21-17, 29-27).
02-19-2006, 09:20 PM #2Originally Posted by ants
02-19-2006, 09:26 PM #3Originally Posted by Sammy
02-20-2006, 12:30 AM #4
Congratulations!Keep up the good work, especially all the singles players.KBH did very well to clinch the winning points again Indonesia and South Korea.The doubles players need to go extra gear to make sure Malaysia have a realistic chance to win theT/C.All the best.Have faith in yourselves and I am sure you gonna prove a lot of sceptics wrong.1992 is still fresh in most Malaysians memories.Let it happen again this year in Tokyo.
02-20-2006, 12:50 AM #5Originally Posted by kokcheng
02-20-2006, 03:04 AM #6
As Yap Kim Hock announced early, Malaysia's target in this TC is reach to semi-final.
If not my mistaken, he announced this on last year around August - September???
But now, maybe he should target the team at least reach to Final. Should force the players hard .... even push them to bring back the Thomas Cup.
I am sure when in Japan, we will have Lee Wan Wah & Chong Tang Fok in the second doubles which probably will earn one point for Malaysia.
02-20-2006, 03:37 AM #7Originally Posted by alloh
i want to congrat mas team
i hope indo will meet mas again in japan .
i don't know lcw and young mas md can handle pressure in the final and also i think they're the point of mas weakness
02-20-2006, 04:04 AM #8
Congratulation for mas team. Malaysia has a great team squad right now. and it makes the Thomas Cup more competitive. It's cool so, other country team gonna be alert to mas team. Malaysia hebat ya
02-20-2006, 04:19 AM #9Originally Posted by ants
02-20-2006, 04:27 AM #10Originally Posted by taufik-ist
02-20-2006, 05:01 AM #11Originally Posted by eskey
02-20-2006, 06:03 AM #12Originally Posted by taufik-ist
02-20-2006, 06:09 AM #13Originally Posted by eskey
02-20-2006, 06:21 AM #14Originally Posted by alloh
On taufik, imho, I believe he still has the potential. Two losses in the TC Qual should mean nothing to him. I think he'll bounce back.
02-20-2006, 06:33 AM #15Originally Posted by taufik-ist
So Malaysia will definately be one of the hot favourites.
Of course, we shouldn't forget titleholders China weren't playing in the qualifications...
02-20-2006, 06:44 AM #16Originally Posted by seven
02-20-2006, 08:06 PM #17Originally Posted by taufik-ist
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