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Amelia-Soong Pair Saves Malaysia The Blushes

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KUALA LUMPUR – The pair of Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho brightens the national women’s badminton squad by advancing to the quarter finals of the Malaysian Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championship in Kuching, yesterday.

The pair became Malaysia’s sole representative in the women’s category after surprising the eighth seeded pair of the championship, Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand, at Stadium Perpaduan, 21-19 and 21-15.

In the match today, the national pair started out well when they collected point after point to take the lead until the end of the match in 36 minutes.

The win was a savior to the national women’s badminton squad following the defeat of the Commonwealth Games golden pair of Vivian Khoo-Woon Khe Wei and women’s singles player Lydia Cheah Li Ya.

The Vivian-Woon pair had to struggle in a match that went on for one hour two minutes before bowing to the might of their opponents from Japan Naoko Fukuman-Kurumi Yonao in straight sets of 17-21 and 24-26.

The sole singles player who started excellently yesterday, however failed to check fifth seeded player Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand, losing 21-18 and 21-14.

Yesterday, Lydia brought cheers to the national women’s singles camp when she became the sole representative to advance to the second round after beating Taiwanese Lee Chia Hsin 22-20 and 21-15.

The situation differed in the men’s badminton camp when three of the six singles players advanced to the third round after beating their opponents.

Liew Daren, Soo Teck Zhi and Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif advanced to the third round after completing their matches late this evening.

Liew beat team mate Zulfadli Zulkifli 23-21 and 22-20 to meet Tzu Wei Wang from Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Soo Teck Zhi shocked his opponent from India, Subhankar Dey, 21-19, 17-21 and 21-10 to face Indonesian Ihsan Maulana Mostafa who checked the advance of Malaysian shuttler, Goh Soon Huat with 11-21, 22-20 and 21-12.

Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif shocked second national singles player Chong Wei Feng 21-14 and 23-21 in an easy 47-minute match.

In the meantime, the winner of the 40th gold of the Asean University Games Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainudin failed to shine at the championship this time losing to Riichi Takeshita of Japan 21-7, 21-12 and 21-13.

Another national singles representative Soong Joo Ven was cowed by seventh seeded player from Thailand Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 18-21 and 19-21. – Bernama

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