GEORGETOWN – National champion, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin continued his brilliant run when he cruised into the semi-finals of Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold at the SPICE Arena here today.
With the vociferous support of local fans, the 24-year-old shuttler was in his element when he tamed the tournament’s eighth seed, Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong, in straight sets of 21-11, 21-15.
According to Iskandar, the game strategy he adopted confused Angus Ng who is ranked 18th in the world.
“I had the confidence but was tired after the sapping match yesterday so coach Hendrawan gave me a pep talk which turned out to be effective.
“I know Angus also badly wanted to win, so I continued attacking especially in the last set. Besides, I think he had difficulties guessing my style,” he told reporters.
The national squad men’s second singles player who is bound for the Badminton Asia Team Championships cum Thomas Cup qualifying rounds in Hyderabad, India hopes to meet second seed K. Srikanth of India in the semi-final.
“I like meeting Srikanth as I have played against him at the India Open. I hope to meet him again,” he said. – BERNAMA