Badminton

Published: Tuesday May 20, 2014 MYT 4:56:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday May 20, 2014 MYT 9:21:19 PM

Keep calm and let's beat the Koreans: Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei has asked his team-mates to stay composed when they meet South Korea in their last Group C tie on Wednesday. - AFP

Lee Chong Wei has asked his team-mates to stay composed when they meet South Korea in their last Group C tie on Wednesday. - AFP

NEW DELHI: World number one Lee Chong Wei has urged his team-mates to stay calm and to believe in themselves ahead of Malaysia’s final Group C tie against South Korea on Wednesday.

The clash between Malaysia and 2012 finalists South Korea will decide who tops Group C.

Both teams have two wins each and the reward for the victorious team means a much easier path to the last four.

Chong Wei said that the Koreans will be stronger in the doubles but “it is not all lost as their singles are beatable”.

The Koreans dropped two singles points against Germany and India while Liew Daren failed to shine in the third singles in both the Malaysian ties played so far.

“Tomorrow (today) is important for us to win as it will put us in a better position to reach the semi-finals,” said Chong Wei, who is making his sixth appearance in the Thomas Cup Finals.

“Finishing top of the group will see us avoid teams like China and Indonesia in the last eight.

“I hope everyone will stay focused and not put unnecessary pressure on themselves.

“We go in as a team and fight.

“South Korea are not playing well so far and we have a chance to beat them.

“I hope my younger team-mates will be more confident of themselves.”

At the last Thomas Cup in Wuhan two years ago, Chong Wei suffered an agonising end to his campaign when he injured his ankle while playing against Peter-Gade Christensen of Denmark.

Malaysia went on to lose the final group tie against the Danes and had to play favourites China in the last eight. Malaysia lost 3-0 to China.

Tags / Keywords: Lee Chong Wei, badminton, Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Thomas Cup

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