DENMARK staged a superb fightback from two matches down to beat Malaysia 3-2 and reach their first Thomas Cup final in 10 years. While the Danes will be looking to become the first European side to lift the Cup when they take on Indonesia in the final, the Malaysians will settle for the bronze medal. The Badminton Association of Malaysia technical director Morten Frost Hansen gave his assessment of our shuttlers’ campaign in Kunshan.
WE had very good chances but did not make it. Credit to the Danes for fighting very hard.
Despite missing three of their best players (doubles players Carsten Mogensen and Mads Pieler Kolding; and Jan Jorgensen), Denmark still made it and this shows the strength in the team.
We have to accept the fact that we are not good enough. We put ourselves in a very good position but it was quite sad we did not make it.
We had three fair chances to get a point (through Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in second singles, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in second doubles and Chong Wei Feng in third singles) but we muffed all of them.
These things happen especially in a team competition. There were a lot of surprises here this time.
Who would have thought China would be out in the last eight?
On the positive side, we had our chances earlier and if we did not perform to expectations, we coud have lost in the quarter-finals.
The turning point against the Danes came when Iskandar was not able to capitalise on a very fine start. He got nervous and hesitated and as soon as he did that, (Hans-Kristian) Vittinghus was back in the game.
Koo-Tan played a very nice first game but after that it all fizzled out. Honestly, I think Iskandar and Wei Feng did well until the semis.
As for Lee Chong Wei, he did what he was supposed to do.
We are not going to change much in sense of my planning when we get home.
The plan has always been to find new players and build a new team. I have said at the start of this competition it would be very interesting and scary at the same time.
There was the possibility we could be crash out early or we could go all the way.
I think the team did their best but it's just not enough to go a step further.