Badminton top seeds are through to semis
02 July 2002
Malaysia secured three out of the four semi-final places in the men’s singles on Friday 2 August.
Top seed Wong Choong Hann has progressed to the semi finals
The top-three seeds, Wong Choong Hann, Lee Tsueng Seng and Muhammad Hashim, all won their quarterfinal matches in the morning session.
In the last match Wong, the No1 seed, stormed past India’s No 1 Pullela Gopichand 7-1, 7-1, 7-4, leaving him on course to retain his title.
Wong said: “I was expecting a tougher match, but I don’t think it was as easy as it seems from the score.”
“It was a tense match from the start of the game. I started well by playing a fast pace and kept the pressure on throughout the match, but he tried to break my rhythm.”
“If I didn’t start so well in the first two games he would have been more difficult to contain in the third set,” he added.
Looking forward to his semi final against team mate Hashim, Wong said: “It will be even harder for me in the semi-final because we know each other’s games better than foreign opponents and we train together all the time.”
Earlier the young left-handed Lee varied the pace and direction of his attack to run out a comfortable 7-4, 7-0, 7-2 winner over world No 27 Geoff Bellingham of New Zealand and Hashim beat his Kiwi teammate Nicholas Hall, world No 32, in similar style.
Joanne Muggeridge and Felicity Gallup of Wales were unable to repeat Thursday’s heroics, when they beat the England’s No 1 seeds Ella Miles and Sara Sankey, and surrendered a two-set lead to Wong Pei Tty and Chin Eei Hui of Malaysia.
Muggeridge injured her calf muscle towards the end of the third set and the pair eventually lost 7-4, 7-1, 1-7, 0-7, 4-7.
Welsh Team coach Rees said: “They were up for it just as much as on Thursday (when they beat the No 1 seeds) but Jo pulled her calf muscle at the end of the third set and it took her two more sets to get her confidence back.”
India’s Aparna Popat is looking capable of repeating her final appearance of four years ago as she beat Denyse Julien of Canada in the first Women’s Singles quarterfinal, losing just one point in the match.
Malaysia also secured a Men’s Doubles semi-final spot when Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming beat William Milroy and Keith Chan of Canada 7-4,
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