KUALA LUMPUR: First, it was on Chong Wei Feng. Now another back-up shuttler, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, has stolen the thunder with a stunning win over his nemesis Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Taiwan Open Grand Prix Gold.
The 22-year-old Arif had lost all his five previous matches to Tommy over the last five years but yesterday he turned on the power to beat Tommy, the son of the former world champion Icuk, 21-16, 21-10.
Arif, who trains under Hendrawan, faces Wei Feng today to assure Malaysia of a place in the men’s singles semi-finals.
World No. 30 Wei Feng continued his fine form when he disposed of Lin Yu-hsien of Taiwan 21-16, 20-22, 21-19. He had packed off seventh seed Alamsyah Yunus of Indonesia on the opening day.
However, two other aspiring players – Liew Daren and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin – bit the dust.
Daren lost 11-21, 21-16, 14-21 to Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan while Iskandar went down fighting 17-21, 17-21 to Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh.