Chong Wei Feng will meet Sourabh Varma of India in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold semi-final.
PASIR GUDANG: National No. 2 men’s singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng is just one step away from reaching his first final in an international tournament.
The 26-year-old Wei Feng is the only Malaysian singles shuttler left in the fray at the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold after the quarter-final action at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium on Friday.
The second seed Wei Feng struggled to reach the semi-finals after beating a determined R.M.V. Gurusaidutt of India 21-12, 5-21, 21-19 in a 59-minute match.
Wei Feng has vowed to go all the way in his semi-final match against Sourabh Varma of India on Saturday.
On Friday, Sourabh defeated Taiwanese Chou Tien-chen 22-20, 18-21, 21-15.
“After having beaten Guru three times before – all in rubber games – I came prepared. I was proven right once again, as he did push me to the distance,” said Wei Feng.
“I have played in the same court for the last three days but today, the draft inside the stadium was the strongest. It broke my game apart in the second game.
“So far, I have shown good mentality on court in this tournament and I hope to keep focused to reach my first final,” he added.
His younger compatriot Soo Teck Zhi learnt a hard lesson after a 10-21, 4-21 beating from Simon Santoso of Indonesia in another quarter-final match.
“I entered the court with so much to offer but Simon exposed my lack of experience,” lamented the 19-year-old.
“He read my game so well and I was completely lost in the second game. It is a good lesson for me. I lack exposure at bigger tournaments but I am confident that I can become improve,” added Teck Zhi, whose next assignment is the China Masters Grand Prix Gold next month.
Meanwhile, Tee Jing Yi’s gallant run came to an end when she lost 12-21, 17-21 to Hsu Ya-ching of Taiwan in 31 minutes.