Cool Chong Wei stamps his mark

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    MALACCA: Penangite Lee Chong Wei continued to stamp his mark as the player on the rise to the top of Malaysian badminton when he won the Malacca Open title yesterday with a comprehensive 17-16, 15-5 victory over Mohd Hafiz Hashim at the state BA Hall here.

    The second seeded Chong Wei, who won the Malaysian Open in Kuantan in July, took only 38 minutes to tame an off-colour Hafiz and the win was worth RM4,000.

    The third seeded Hafiz, last year’s All-England champion, was a pale shadow of the player who ousted national number one Wong Choong Hann in the semi-finals and he had to settle for RM2,000.

    Chong Wei and Hafiz fought neck and neck for points in the first game with scores moving from 5-5 to 10-10 and to 12-12.

    Then it was Chong Wei, who had to force deuce before moving up to game point at 16-14 with two services. But he found difficulty finishing off Hafiz.

    In fact, it was Hafiz who had the chance to win the game but he muffed an easy tap at the net. Having gained a reprieve, Chong Wei ended the game with a hefty sideline smash following a three-quarter court return by a now dejected Hafiz.

    While the first game kept the capacity crowd in the hall at the edge of their seats, the second was all over in just 14 minutes.

    Chong Wei packed his game with powerful smashes to the sidelines and romped home an easy winner at 15-5.

    In the men's doubles final, second seeds Koo Kien Keat-Chan Chong Ming, who are tipped to shoulder the country's challenge in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, took 63 minutes to beat top seeds Tan Bin Shen-Ong Soon Hock 15-6, 13-15, 15-8.

    The win for Kien Keat-Chong Ming was worth RM6,000.

    Although Kien Keat-Chong Ming were the second seeds, they were definitely the pair with more experience than their opponents. Chong Ming is a very experienced national shuttler while Kien Keat has made his mark in the Thomas Cup Finals in Jakarta in May.

    Woon Sze Mei bagged the women's singles beating Malacca's Julia Wong 11-4, 11-5 to collect RM2,000. The title favourite kept her cool and composure to tame Julia with energy-sapping rallies and delicate net play. Julia's gallant efforts were worth RM1,000.

    The form book also ran true in the women's doubles with top seeds Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui coasting to a 15-1,15-3 victory over second seeds Mooi Hing Yau-Ooi Sock Ai.

    In the men's junior singles, top seed Law Yen Thien needed 48 minutes to beat second seed Raymond Steven. After dropping the first game at 10-15, Yew Thien got into stride to get past Raymond at 15-7, 15-9.

    But Raymond still had a title to show. An hour later he was on court again, partnering Chong Kien Ling as the unseeded Kuala Lumpur pair to beat top seeds Goh Yin Jin-Chin Tze Seong 15-10, 15-6.
     

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