KUALA LUMPUR: After just nine months of training under his father Misbun Sidek, Ramdan is looking physically fitter.
And on Saturday, reigning national champion Ramdan will use his speed and power to try and pull the rug from under top seed Chong Wei Feng in the men’s singles semi-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras.
On Friday, Ramdan flexed his muscles en route to beating good friend Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-14, 22-20 in 43 minutes. It was his first win over Iskandar in eight meetings.
“I have lost to him seven times before but, today, I was able to pull through. I guess he was more pressured playing under the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) banner,” said independent shuttler Ramdan.
He also said that he was relishing training under his father Misbun, who quit as the national singles coach in 2011.
“Under my dad’s tutelage, I have really improved a lot. Physically, I am stronger now. But there is so much to learn from him. I am just getting all warmed up now,” said Ramdan.
On Friday, though, Misbun was no where to be seen. Ramdan was accompanied by two other coaches – Rahman Sidek and Salim Sameon.
“I have enough people to train with. Sometimes I train at the Nusa Mahsuri training hall (in Kelana Jaya) and sometimes I train at home (where Misbun has a three-court hall).
On his chances against Wei Feng, Ramdan said: “I defeated him en route to winning the national title last year (December) but that’s the past. Both of us have new weapons and have improved over the last few months. It will be close.”
If Ramdan wins, he will take on the winner of the match – between Tan Kian Meng and Chong Yee Han.
In the women’s singles, another independent shuttler Julia Wong of Malacca almost stunned a BAM shuttler but went down fighting 20-22, 19-21 to second seed Yang Li Lian in the last eight.
In Saturday’s semi-finals, Li Lian will take on Lim Yin Fun while top seed Tee Jing Yi will face Lim Chiew Sien.