KUNSHAN: Denmark have dropped Jan O Jorgensen in their line-up against Malaysia in the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup Finals.
On paper, based on the team strength, there is equal chance for Malaysia and Denmark to nick it.
Chong Wei has won all his eight matches against Viktor Axelsen while V Shem-Wee Kiong will take on scratch Danish pair Mathias Boe-Mads Conrad-Petersen for the first time. The Malaysians are determined to prove a point.
It will be an interesting match between Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the second singles. They have not met each other before but both have been on fire in Kunshan.
In the second doubles, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have not played against Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen but the Malaysian pair holds the advantage based on their vast experience.
If the tie goes down the wire, Chong Wei Feng can be in trouble. He has lost once to Emil Holst at last year’s Malaysian Open.
Can Malaysia make it to the final?
Stay tuned for the clash, scheduled at 7pm on Friday.
Malaysia vs Denmark
First singles: Lee Chong Wei vs Viktor Axelsen
First doubles: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong vs Mathias Boe-Mads Conrad-Petersen
Second singles: Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin vs Hans-Kristian Vittinghus
Second doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong vs Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
Third singles: Chong Wei Feng vs Emil Holst