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Hafiz turns hero for Malaysia (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2010
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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 the hero: Malaysia's third singles player Mohd Hafiz Hashim celebrates after defeating Denmark's Joachim Persson 21-12, 21-10 for the winning point in their Thomas Cup quarter-final tie at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

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.”

 
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Champs to play Malaysia, not Denmark, in semis (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2010
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A LIN Dan in fiery form is unstoppable. And defending champion China can again count on him to deliver in the semi-finals against Malaysia tomorrow.

In a 3-0 quarter-final win over South Korea yesterday, the three-time world champion showed his steely resolve to overcome a spirited Park Sung-hwan 21-16, 21-15 in a 54-minute battle.

Sung-hwan, who is one of the few players in the world to have beaten Lin Dan (in three out of their 14 meetings), did right to push Lin Dan deep into the baseline to force weak returns, which he finished off with stinging smashes.True grit: China's Lin Dan acknowledging the cheers from the crowd after beating South Korea's Park Sung-hwan 21-16, 21-15 in the first singles yesterday. China went on to win 3-0 to reach the semi-finals

But Lin Dan always found his way back to reverse the pressure on his opponent. The highly-charged first match victory for China did enough damage to the morale of the Koreans.

Scratch combination Jung Jae-sung-Shin Baek-cheol failed to level the tie, going down to Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng 11-21, 16-21 in just 30 minutes. Chen Jin finished the job for China with a 21-15, 21-12 win over youngster Shon Wan-ho.

 
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Malaysia go down tamely to Indonesia and fail to make first ever semis (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2010
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IT WAS on Wong Mew Choo and the doubles pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty to deliver but they failed and Malaysia's hopes of making a first semi-finals appearance in the Uber Cup Finals were crushed in a 0-3 defeat by Indonesia yesterday.

Much hope was placed on Mew Choo to clinch the first point in the quarter-final tie. But she fell to a tame 9-21 16-21 defeat by Adriyanti Firdasari.

Then Eei Hui-Pei Tty paid dearly for their defensive tactics and were beaten 24-26 18-21 by Greysia Polii-Meiliana Jauhari. The Malasian duo also lost to the top ranked Indonesian pair in the first round of the All-England in March.Not up to mark: Wong Pei Tty and Chin Eei Hui leaving the court after they failed to beat the Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari in the Uber Cup quarterfinals at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday

Youngster Tee Jing Yi had to bear the pressure of keeping the tie alive for Malaysia but her perseverance was broken down by Maria Kristin Yulianti. A determined Jing Yi put up some resistance before going down 19-21, 16-21 to the Beijing Olympic bronze medallist.

 

Smooth sailing for China as they overcome India

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SAINA Nehwal took world No. 1 Wang Yihan to the distance but it was otherwise smooth sailing for China as they reached the Uber Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over India last night.

Saina was on the verge of pulling off a major upset over the 2009 All-England champion when she reached 18-all in the deciding game but was let down by her netplay. Yihan eventually pulled through 14-21, 21-11, 21-18 in 56 minutes.

China quickly snatched their second point after the world No. 1 doubles pair of Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli beat Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-8, 21-11 in 27 minutes.

Second singles player Wang Xin sealed victory for China with a clinical 21-10, 21-14 win over Sayali Gokhale.

 
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Taufik believes place in final within Indonesia's reach (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2010
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AS THE only player in the Indonesia squad who has played in a Thomas Cup final before, former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat is about to experience a sense of deja vu all over again.

The Indonesian golden boy now feels a place in the final on Sunday is strongly within Indonesia's reach after a favourable draw for the knockout stages.

However, he also reminded his team not to take things for granted, especially after what happened to Malaysia who stumbled to a 2-3 defeat by Japan in a group tie on Tuesday.Down and out: Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat (right) celebrates after beating India's Kashyap Parupalli 21-12, 10-21, 21-17 in the first singles yesterday. Indonesia won 3-0 to reach the semi-finals.

Yesterday, Taufik led Indonesia to book their place in the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over India and they will be up against Japan tomorrow.

Taufik said that it was a delirious feeling for him on learning the outcome of the draw from the newspapers early yesterday.

 

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