IT was a great reawakening for Malaysia when they redeemed their battered pride to beat Denmark 3-2 in a five-hour battle at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night to reach the Thomas Cup semi-finals.
And it took a transformed Mohd Hafiz Hashim to deliver the killer blow to the Danish team, crushing Joachim Persson 21-12, 21-10, to win the decisive fifth match of the quarter-final tie.
Hafiz's cool and calm approach in his win yesterday prevented Persson from being the hero for the second time in the Finals. Persson had clinched the winning point for the Danish team when he defeated Kuan Beng Hong at the same stage of the 2006 Finals in Japan.
Hafiz was happy to finally come good in front of the home fans after many previous failures.
“This is a very happy moment for me because I was able to clinch the winning point to take Malaysia to the semi-finals,” said Hafiz.
“I have failed a few times before but today, I managed to pull it off. I hope this win redeems the team's pride after out loss to Japan (in a group tie on Tuesday). Hopefully, we can stay focused and be ready for China.”