Misbun gives Hafiz two more chances (http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2007/11/11/sports/19443265&sec=sports) PETALING JAYA: National coach Misbun Sidek will not crack the whip despite Mohd Hafiz Hashim's string of poor performances this year. Misbun's change of heart means Mohd Hafiz will get to play in both the back-to-back Super Series in China (Nov 20-25) and Hong Kong (Nov 27-Dec 2) this month. And Misbun has set a modest target for world number 19 Hafiz to reach the quarter-finals in both the championships. “I'll give him two more chances in his bid to qualify for next year's Beijing Olympic Games,” said Misbun. “I still think that he is in with a chance to qualify for the Olympics after assessing his performances so far,” said Misbun. Except for a semi-final finish at the Korean Open in February, Hafiz crashed out in the early rounds of the other tournaments this year. Last week, Misbun ran out of patience when Hafiz lost to Hong Kong's Chan Yan Kit in the French Open and thought of grounding him. “I have changed my mind. The China and Hong Kong Opens are the last two chances for Hafiz to justify the good faith I have in him. I will be satisfied with a top eight finish.” Misbun said that he had been too hard on Hafiz. “He does well in training but struggles in international tournaments. He is trying ... I understand his predicament. I just have to be more patient,” said Misbun. “It is not easy to stabilise - to get back where he was (referring to Hafiz's feat of winning the 2003 All-England title) especially after coming out of a series of knee injuries. He works hard and has even lost some fat on his waistline. “He has also contributed to the rise of team-mate Lee Chong Wei through quality sparring sessions. We are working as a team. For now, I will motivate Hafiz to come out of this,” he added. Hafiz has a tough job to live up to Misbun's faith in him in the China Open. He is likely to meet either top seed Lin Dan of China or South Korean Park Sung-hwan for a place in the quarter-finals. The draw for the Hong Kong Open will be released on Tuesday.