Friday March 15, 2013
Wei Feng brushes aside world No. 7 Kashyap to enter last eight of Swiss Open GP Gold
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
PETALING JAYA: National elite shuttler Chong Wei Feng provided some joy at the Swiss Open GP Gold with a stunning performance to beat world No. 7 P. Kashyap of India in Basel yesterday.
Wei Feng who had earlier brushed aside Germany’s Marcel Reuter in the second round, came back strongly against the fifth seed, rallying from a game down to win 18-21, 21-7, 21-16 in the third round.
Yesterday’s win was a small measure of redemption following Wei Feng’s poor showing at the All England last week.
The Kedahan, who is after his first GP Gold title, will face either fourth seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark or Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki in the quarter-finals today.
Another singles shuttler, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, will take on Japan’s Takuma Ueda in his bid to make the last eight.
In men’s doubles, the chase to become Malaysia’s third ranked pair and a spot in the World Championships in August, intensified with all three pairs – Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah, Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock – making it to the second round on Wednesday.
Malaysia can have three pairs for the world meet if all three are ranked in the top 24. World No. 2 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and world No. 10 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong are virtually assured of their place.
Currently world No.15 V Shem-Khim Wah are in the driving seat, having beaten Japan’s Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata in the second round at Basel, followed by the professional pairs of Zakry-Fairuzizuan (No. 18) and Teik Chai-Soon Hock (No. 19).
However, national doubles head coach Tan Kim Her believes that V Shem-Khim Wah still have a tough fight on their hands especially after their opening round defeat at the All England.
“For me, I think V Shem-Khim Wah wasted their chances after that early exit in Birmingham,” said Kim Her.
“We will be fair on the professional pairs and only the top three based on rankings will go to the World Championship.
“At this point, Zakry-Fairuzizuan, who reached the quarter-finals at the All England have a better chance of overtaking V Shem-Khim Wah,” added Kim Her.
In women’s doubles, the fortunes of Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei just got better after pulling off an upset over seventh seeds Anneke Feinya Agustin-Nitya Krishinda Maheshwari of Indonesia in the first round.
They won 21-15, 20-22, 21-7 and will face Dutch duo Selena Piek-Iris Tabeling for a quarter-final spot.
Men’s doubles: Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah bt Kang Ji-wook- Lee Sang-joon (Kor) 13-21, 21-14, 21-17; Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif- Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari bt Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler (Ger) 21-19, 12-21, 21-17; Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock bt Chris Langridge-Peter Mills (Eng) 16-21, 21-14, 24-22.
Women’s singles: Lydia Cheah bt Nicole Grether (Can) 25- 23, 21-9. Women’s doubles: Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei bt Anneke Feinya Agustin-Nitya Krishinda Maheshwari (Ina) 21-15, 20-22, 21-7.
Men’s singles: Chong Wei Feng bt Marcel Reuter (Ger) 21-14, 21-17; Jan O Jorgensen (Den) bt Zulfaldi Zulkiffli 21-15, 21-11.
Men’s Doubles: Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah bt Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata (Jpn) 21-13, 21-17.
Women’s singles: Juliane Schenk (Ger) bt Lydia Cheah 21-13, 13-21, 21-13.
Men’s singles: Chong Wei Feng bt P. Kashyap (Ind) 18-21, 21-7, 21-16.