Friday September 21, 2012
Japan Open: Chong Wei faces Wei Feng in quarters
By RAJES PAUL
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei and Chong Wei Feng won their matches in impressive styles to set up an intriguing battle between mentor and protege in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open.
Top seed Chong Wei took only 26 minutes to dispose of former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-10, 21-12 in the second round to set up a meeting with Wei Feng.
While Chong Wei was on fiery form, Wei Feng took 35 minutes to tame world No. 23 Ajay Jayaram of India 21-16, 21-16.
It was his second successive win over a higher ranked player after beating world No. 7 Kenichi Tago of Japan a day earlier. In the past, he had scalped Chinaís Chen Jin, Indonesiaís Taufik Hidayat and Hu Yun of Hong Kong.
Wei Feng is the sole back-up shuttler in the fray. Liew Daren caved in 14-21, 23-21, 16-21 to Vietnamese Nguyen Tien after a relentless fight for one hour and 12 minutes ended in vain.
The 23-year-old Wei Feng, currently ranked 32nd in the world, wants to enjoy a good match against the London Olympic Games silver medallist.
ďThe match will not be easy as Chong Wei is not showing any sign of slowing down. I just have to throw everything in my game to unsettle him,Ē said Wei Feng in a telephone interview from Tokyo.
The other three quarter-finals today will involve Tien Minh and Hu Yun; Taufik and Simon Santoso of Indonesia; and qualifier Kazumasa Sakai against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.
In the menís doubles, Malaysiaís Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong stormed into the quarter-finals but their Japanese opponents are looking equally good to spoil their party.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, bouyed by the news that they will be retained by the national body, crushed Pati≠phat Chalard≠chaleam-Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand 21-8, 21-7 in 22 minutes to set up a meeting with Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato.
Second round results
Menís singles: Lee Chong Wei bt Viktor Axelsen (Den) 21-10, 21-12; Chong Wei Feng (Mas) bt Ajay Jayaram (Ind) 21-16, 21-16; Simon Santoso (Ina) bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) 21-8, 21-11; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Akira Koga (Jpn) 21-11, 21-10;
Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) bt Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) 19-21, 21-18, 21-14; Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) bt Sho Sasaki (Jpn) 21-12, 21-12; Nguyen Tien Minh (Vie) bt Liew Daren 21-14, 21-23, 21-16; Hu Yun (Hkg) bt Takuma Euda (Jpn) 21-12, 21-10.
Menís doubles: Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki- Hendra Gunawan (Ina) bt Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) 16-21, 21-13, 21-19; Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata (Jpn) bt Ashton Chen-Derek Wong (Sin) 21-12, 21-15; Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) bt Alven Yulianto-Markis Kido (Ina) 17-21, 21-15, 21-9;
Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang (Kor) bt Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) 21-15, 21-16; Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong bt Chris Adcock- Andrew Ellis (Eng) 21-11, 21-14; Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata (Jpn) bt Rasmus Bonde-Mads Conrad-Petersen (Den) 21-15, 17-21, 21-15; Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato (Jpn) bt Shohei Hoshino-Akira Kobayashi (Jpn) 21-12, 21-8; Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) bt Patiphat Chalardchaleam-Nipitphon Puangpuapech (Tha) 21-8, 21-7.
* Matches involving Malaysians in other events
Womenís singles: Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) bt Tee Jing Yi 21-11, 21-10; Ai Goto (Jpn) bt Lydia Cheah 21-15, 15-21, 21-18.
Womenís doubles: Eom Hye-won-Jang Ye-na (Kor) bt Ng Hui Ern-Ng Hui Lin 21-17, 27-29, 21-10.
Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Noriyasu Hirata-Miyuki Maeda (Jpn) 21-17, 21-16; Tan Wee Kiong-Ng Hui Lin bt Maneepong Jongjit-Savitree Amitrapai (Tha) 21- 12, 21-15.