PETALING JAYA: Old hands —Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Wong Choong Hann — continued their march in the men’s singles event but it was a total wipeout for Malaysia in the men’s doubles at the Taiwan Open badminton championships yesterday.
The 27-year-old Hafiz, seeded 15th, checked into the semi-finals after clinching a convincing 21-12, 21-12 win over youngster Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia.
He will take on Thailand Open champion and third seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam and hopes are high on him continuing his fine run.
He had beaten second seed Park Sung-hwan of South Korea just a day ago and it was one of his biggest scalps this year.
Hafiz, ranked 29th in the world, is currently starting afresh and training under new singles coach Hendrawan but was modest about his chances of winning his first Open title in three years.
“I have nothing much to say except that I am just starting to play better. There is a little improvement in my game so far,” said Hafiz when contacted yesterday.
Choong Hann will take on Indonesian Taufik Hidayat in the other semi-final and it would be interesting to see whether the Malaysian veteran can maintain his good form.