KUALA LUMPUR – National shuttler Chong Wei Feng was the only Malaysian left standing in the main draw of the men’s singles in the 2015 Australian Open in Sydney, Australia.
Wei Feng, who had to give up his rightfully earned spot in the World Championships to Datuk Lee Chong Wei, advanced to the main draw after defeating two opponents in the qualifying round.
Wei Feng, 27, disposed off Riichi Takeshita of Japan 21-19, 21-7 in the opening round and clinched a 21-9, 21-11 victory against Australian Michael Fariman in the second match.
Ranked 32nd in the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) world ranking, Wei Feng is scheduled to battle 16th ranked South Korean Lee Yun Il in the main draw tomorrow.
Zulfadli Zulkifli and Al Wei Jian failed to make it past the first round when they were shown the exit in the men’s singles competition while Mohd Arif Abdul Latiff followed their foot path albeit in the second round.
Also spearheading Malaysia’s hopes are women’s singles players Tee Jing Yi and Lydia Cheah who marched into the main draw after defeating their opponents respectively.
Jing Yi defeated Australian Melinda Sun 21-11, 21-15 while Lydia Cheah took only 24 minutes to wrap up the match against Jamie Subandhi of the United States, 21-15, 21-11.
In the men’s doubles, Mak Hee Chun/Teo Kok Siang and Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong surged to the main draw, joining Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong who would start their opening fight against Denmark’s Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei are scheduled to play third seeded Reika Kakiiwa/ Miyuki Maeda of Japan while Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho will battle Thailand’s Duanganong Aroonkesorn/Kunchala Voravichitchaikul in the women’s doubles competition.
The national mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying continued their fine performance in the Sudirman Cup, by advancing to the main draw after disposing Japan’s Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara in the opening match before outclassing Australian pair Robin Middleton/Leanne Choo in the second round.
Peng Soon/Liu Ying are scheduled to play South Korean pair Shin Baek Choel/Chae Yoo Jung.