Monday, July 12, 2010

Pei Tty opts out of team to Guangzhou Asiad

PETALING JAYA: Doubles shuttler Wong Pei Tty dropped a bombshell yesterday when she opted out of the team for the Guangzhou Asian Games in November.
Pei Tty was left frustrated yesterday when a nagging knee injury prevented her from complementing Chin Eei Hui well and it resulted in a shock first-round defeat in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at Stadium Bandaraya in Johor Baru.
The top seeds were beaten 23-25, 12-21 by Indonesian scratch pair Melati Nadya-Vita Marissa, who are now independent players.
Early casualties: Wong Pei Tty (left) and Chin Eei Hui went down 23-25, 12-21 to Indonesian scratch pair Melati Nadya-Vita Marissa yesterday.
National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky agreed with Pei Tty’s decision to skip the Asian Games before commending the top pair’s fighting spirit on court.
“Pei Tty had been burdened with knee injury for some time but yesterday, it showed in her game. She was slow to retrieve the shuttle and was cautious in her game,” he said.
“Despite the pain, she still tried her best. Our players did give a good fight before bowing out. I always admire Pei Tty’s fighting spirit but her physical condition was a problem.
“She has finally decided to go for surgery after the Commonwealth Games (in New Delhi in October). If she does that, she will have to miss the Asiad.
“The Asian Games competition is very stiff and it will be difficult for her and Eei Hui to challenge top players from China and South Korea. It is best that she skips the Asiad and concentrate on qualifying for the Olympics (in London in 2012).”
Rexy will also monitor Pei Tty’s condition ahead of the world championships, which will be held in Paris from Aug 23-29.
“We will see how she fares in training. For now, Pei Tty’s and Eei Hui’s main focus is on winning honours at the Commonwealth Games where the competition will not be too strenuous on them,” he said.
With the exit of Pei Tty-Eei Hui in the GP Gold tournament, Malaysia can only bank on the Ng sisters, Hui Lin-Hui Ern, to carry the challenge. They are the only Malaysian pair to reach the quarter-finals and will take on Hong Kong’s Chan Tsz Ka-Chau Hoi Wah.
Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s singles have been reduced to two players with Wong Mew Choo and Tee Jing Yi playing against Hong Kong’s Tsz Ka and Yip Pui Yin respectively for places in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, there were several close calls in the men’s competition with Tan Chun Seang and Ong Soon Hock-Hoon Thien How almost turning the tables on Indonesia’s top players in the singles and doubles events respectively.
Back-up shuttler Chun Seang went down 21-23, 20-22 to Taufik Hidayat in the third round while Soon Hock-Thien How let slip a good chance for the biggest upset of the day when they went down 19-21, 21-19, 20-22 to former Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan.
Malaysia have Lee Chong Wei, Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Wong Choong Hann through to the quarter-finals.
Chong Wei will take on Indonesian Andre Kurniawan Tedjono, who blew away Chong Wei Feng yesterday, while Hafiz meets Choong Hann for a place in the semi-final.
Malaysia are also assured of a place in the men’s doubles semi-finals when top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong set up a quarter-final match against Mak H
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ee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong, who eliminated compatriots Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah.
Independent pair of Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen will also see action in the last eight today against Indonesians Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan.

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