Monday February 25, 2013
Japan spoil Malaysiaís plan of double win in Austria
By RAJES PAUL
KUALA LUMPUR: Japan continued to be an emerging threat for Malaysia when their promising stars prevented a Malaysian double victory in the Austria Open in Vienna.
The two Malaysian pairs Ė Nelson Heg Wei Keat-Teo Ee Yi and Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean Ė were looking good for the menís and womenís doubles titles but suffered narrow defeats in the semi-finals and final respectively.
Following the shock defeat of top seeds Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han in the second round of the menís doubles, hopes were high on 2011 world junior champions Wei Keat-Ee Yi to keep Malaysiaís flag flying but they were stunned 21-18, 13-21, 20-22 by Japanís Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata in the last four.
There was a narrow loss for top seeds Mei Kuan-Meng Yean, who lost 14-21, 20-22 to Aratama Mistato-Megumi Taruno in the final on Saturday.
Malaysia also squandered a good chance to win a title when top seeds Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jingís challenge ended prematurely in the quarter-finals Ė losing 18-21, 11-21 to Nilyoke Vasin-Artima Serithammarak of Thailand.
The biggest disappointment came in the singles department.
Back-up shuttlers Goh Soon Huat and Loh We Sheng did not clear the opening rounds of the menís event. Soon Huat lost to Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan but it Wei Shengís defeat by Sri Lankaís Niluka Karunaratne surely raised a huge concern.
It was the same in the womenís singles, with Sonia Cheah and Yang Yi Lian losing to Sayali Gokhale of India and Czech Republicís Kristina Gavnholt in the second round and quarter-finals respectively.
Itís quite embarrassing to see Malay≠sia failing to win at least one title in the lower ranked tournament, especially since all those sent were the countryís promising players.
Their defeats should spur the Bad≠minton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to re-double their efforts to further im≠prove the playersí confidence and per≠formances on the international stage.
(Matches involving Malaysians only)
First round: Chou Tien-chen bt Goh Soon Huat 21-15, 21-12; Niluka Karunaratne (Srl) bt Loh Wei Sheng 21-19, 21-12.
First round: Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han bt Paul Demmelmayer-Dominik Trojan (Aut) 21-8, 21- 12; Nelson Heg Wei Keat-Teo Ee Yi bt Takdanai Boonrawd-Tankmanustong Warut (Tha) 21-16, 21-9.
Second round: Kah Ming-Yao Han bt Vilson Vattanirappel-Lukas Weissenback (Aut) 21-11, 21- 6; Wei-Keat-Ee Yi bt Magnus Sahlberg-Mattias Wigardt (Swe) 21-17, 21-5.
Quarter-finals: Chan Yun Lung-Lee Chun Hei (Hkg) bt Kah Ming-Yao Han 21-18, 19-21, 21-19; Wei Keat-Ee Yi bt Mattjis Dierickx-Freek Golinski (Ger) 23-21, 21-18.
Semi-finals: Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata (Jpn) bt Wei Keat-Ee Yi 18-21, 21-13, 22-20.
First round: Yang Li Lian bt Alesia Zaitsava (Bul) 21-16, 21-16, Sonia Cheah bt Ksenia Polikarpova (Rus) 21-12, 21-16.
Second round: Sayali Gokhale (Ind) bt Li Lian 23-21, 21-12, Sonia bt Sarah Walker (Eng) 21-14, 21-12.
Quarter-finals: Kristina Gavnholt (Cze) bt Sonia 21-18, 12-21, 21-18.
Second round: Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Julia Herndlhofer-Michaela Mathis (Aut) 21-5, 21-10.
Quarter-finals: Mei Kuan-Meng Yean bt Saengchote Natcha-Sarita Suwannakitborihan Sarita (Tha) 21-11, 21-8.
Semi-finals: Mei Kuan-Meng Yean bt Irina Khlebko-Ksenia Polikarpova (Rus) 18-21, 21-13, 21-18.
Final: Aratama Misato-Megumi Taruno (Jpn) bt Mei Kuan-Meng Yean 21-14, 22-20.
First round: Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing bt Warut Tankmanustong-Sarita Suwannakitborihan (Tha) 21-13, 21-12; Teo Ee Yi-Lee Meng Yean bt Freek Golinski-Severine Corvilan (Ger) 21-6, 24-22.
Second round: Aik Quan-Pei Jing bt Manuel Heumann-Barbara Bellenberg (Ger) 21-9, 21-10; Ee Yi-Meng Yean bt Roman Zirnwald-Elisabeth Baldauf (Aut) 21-15, 21-13.
Quarter-finals: Nilyoke Vasin-Artima Serithammarak (Tha) bt Aik Quan-Pei Jing 21-18, 21-11; Chan Yun Lung-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-16, 21-16.