Malaysia Through to the Semi finals of the Thomas Cup...

The whole evening was occupied by Malaysia's Thomas Cup match against Denmark. It was an evening filled with suspense and drama. Of course hopes were up after the surprise defeat to Japan last night. It was hoped that the players would pick them selves up after that embarrassing debacle. I sat in front of the tele from about 6 ish periodically going in and out doing things while listening to the cheers and jeers from my brothers and sister in the background.

 Fuyoh... ada gaya lah...

First up was (Datuk) Lee Chong Wei. This game was very entertaining both players showed alot of class and quality badminton at the highest level was displayed. Eventually however, Peter Gade Christensen was outclassed at 21-17, 21-17.
Next up was Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong. They showed admirable fighting spirit to subdue Carsten Mogensen/Mathias Boe with 21-17, 21-19.

Wong Choong Hann just barely lost to Jan O Jorgensen after that. He didn't manage to take advantage of his lead in the first set at 20-18 if my memory serves me right. He ended up losing that game at 20-22, and later won the second game 21-16 but lost a nail biting final set at 18-21. I think he must be really disappointed with himself for being so near yet not succeeding. I think he played very well and should be very proud of himself. Luck doesn't always come our way...

It was hoped that the "modified" 2nd doubles team, Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif/Hoon Thien How would make up for the loss. They also won on a suspense filled first set at 26-24 but the Danish doubles, Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen clawed back in the second and third set to win 12-21, 19-21. It seemed that the Malaysian side had lost focus after winning the first set but they did try to make a late comeback in the final set having only just losing it. Another case of luck not going our way.

Hafiz in action

So again, the fate of Malaysia was shouldered by Muhd Hafiz Hashim. Alot of people would fret at that notion after what happened last night. But today he surprised everyone and made short work of Joachim Persson and beating him straight sets at 21-12, 21-10. He displayed admirable talent and deserved his win out right.

So, all in all I think Malaysia's performance is getting better and we really have a good chance of progressing further heck, we might even win this time if we manage to beat China in the semi finals this Friday. I know its a long shot but hey, we're the hosts this year so that must count for something. A few officemates and friend have bought tickets to this Friday's games so you can be assured that they'll be a build up towards the match at the office tomorrow. Anyways, I'm getting rather sleepy now. It is getting late. Hope you guys enjoyed the game today as much as I did! Good night!