THEY failed in the men’s team competition, but the doubles pair of Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi are refusing to rule themselves out of contention in the individual event.
Hopes had been high on the world No. 19 pair to deliver a point in their second doubles match against Wahyu Arya Nayaka Arya Pangkaryanira-Ade Yusuf Santoso to drag the tie into the third singles decider, but they failed miserably and allowed Indonesia to walk away with a 3-1 win for their sixth consecutive title.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi are now ready to get back on their feet after checking into the quarter-finals of the individual competition at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex yesterday.
They strolled to a 21-10,21-10 win over Cambodia’s Cheng Phorrom-Sien Kimhong to be just two wins away from their second consecutive SEA Games final.
“We are absolutely disappointed to have let the team down, ” said Yew Sin.
“But we have to move on. Together with Aaron (Chia) and (Soh) Wooi Yik, we definitely consider ourselves among the contenders and we will do our very best to make the country proud.”
Yew Sin-Ee Yi should have little trouble against Peter Gabriel Magnaye-Alvin Morada of the Philippines today before a likely semi-final clash with top seeds Muhammad Rian Ardianto-Fajar Alfian.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi will aim to upset the world No. 5 Indonesians, just as they did in the second round of the Hong Kong Open last month, in a bid to make it an all-Malaysian final with Aaron-Wooi Yik.
Aaron-Wooi Yik are favourites to make it to the final from the bottom half.
They opened their campaign with a 21-9,21-5 win over Cambodian pair Leng Sopheaktra-Saom Dyna and will meet Singapore’s Terry Hee-Loh Kean Hean today.
Their biggest test is expected to be in the semi-final where they could face either Wahyu-Ade or Thailand’s Kitisak Namdash-Nipitphon Phuang-phuapet.
Meanwhile, coaching director Wong Choong Hann confirmed that women’s singles shuttler Soniia Cheah’s injury was not as bad as it was initially feared.
Soniia, the reigning silver medallist, was forced to retire midway through her first round match after suffering from a hamstring pull on Thursday.
Said Chong Hann: “She has undergone a check-up and the doctor confirmed that she’s suffering from Grade 1 hamstring strain, which is a mild one. She’s expected to recover fully within three weeks and should be ready for the Malaysian Masters (from Jan 7-12).”
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