Saturday March 9, 2013
Zakry-Fairuzizuan hold their heads high at All-England
BIRMINGHAM: Shuttlers Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari continued to show that Malaysian independent players are here to stay with their good performances in the All-England.
On Thursday, the KLRC-sponsored Zakry-Fairuzizuan took their chances well to beat Indonesians Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Mohd Ulinnuha of Indonesia 21-19, 21-15 to reach the quarter-finals.
They will take on Chinaís Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan, who dumped top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark for a place in the last eight.
For Zakry-Fairuzizuan, this is their first Super Series quarter-final appearance since turning pro and Ė playing together as a pair Ė in 2011.
Zakry and Fairuzizuan had made it to the semi-finals of the All-England before but with different partners Ė Gan Teik Chai and Lin Woon Fui respectively - during their days under the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
Itís tougher being independent players but Zakry-Fairuzizuan are proof that if thereís a will, thereís a way Ė despite the lack of financial backings, facilities and sparring partners.
Zakry, who got married last year, said the breakthrough would give them a huge dose of confidence.
ďI took a two-month break because of my marriage (in November) and when I returned, Fairuz and I didnít achieve any notable results in the Korean and Malaysian Opens. We didnít give up.Ē