PETALING JAYA: Don’t waste the opportunity!
This is the message from Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) national coaching director Wong Choong Hann after the women’s singles charges S. Kisona, Goh Jin Wei and Eoon Qi Xuan cleared the early rounds to put themselves in title contention at the Spanish International Challenge in La Nucia.
“Tournaments are scarce, as such I hope our players will make full use of the competition opportunity in Spain, ” said Choong Hann yesterday.
“This is a chance to make the best of this trip... some have taken the risk to take part in this tournament amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
“So, I hope they will go all the way to win here.
“Jin Wei and Kisona are surely a level above the others here, hopefully, they will not waste it.”
Fourth seed Kisona, the 2019 SEA Games winner, was the first to check into the semi-finals when she pulled off a 21-15, 21-14 win over Beatrix Corrales in the last eight. Earlier, she had won all her other matches in straight games.
The 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games champion Jin Wei was hardly tested when she defeated Abigail Holden of England 21-10, 21-13 in just 28 minutes to set up a meeting against Jenjira Stadelmann of Switzerland for a place in the semi-finals. In the first round, she had blown away Anna Ramirez of Spain 21-5, 21-7 in 19 minutes.
Eoon Qi Xuan received a walkover from third seed Marie Batomene of France after leading 11-2 in the opening game of the second round. She takes on homester Ania Setien in the last eight.
The gallant run of Misbun Ramdan Misbun, however, ended in the men’s singles after he went down 13-21, 10-21 to third seed Pablo Abian of Spain in the second round.
In the opening round late on Thursday, Ramdan had battled for 62 minutes to beat Yanis Goudin of France 28-30, 23-21, 21-11.
In the mixed doubles, newly formed pair Tee Kai Wun-Teoh Mei Xing pulled off a surprise by beating fourth seeds Dominik Stipsits-Serena Au Yeong of Austria 21-10, 21-17 to reach the quarter-finals.
They face home representatives Victor Martin-Heidi Ojeda and if they play with the same determination, the duo have a good chance to make the last four.
Kai Wun also made it to his second quarter-finals when together with Man Wei Chong, they defeated Jonas Jaeger-Loui Kjaer Kjellberg of Denmark 21-11, 21-12 in the men’s doubles.
l Men’s singles
First round: Jan Louda (Cze) bt Lim Chong King 21-17, 21-15; Misbun Ramdan Misbun bt Yanis Goudin (Fra) 28-30, 23-21, 21-11.Second round: Pablo Abian (Spa) bt Ramdan 21-13, 21-10.l Men’s doubles
First round: Philip Illum Klint-Mikkel Stoffersen (Den) bt Mohd Nurfirdaus Azman-Yap Roy King 21-18, 30-29.Second round: Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun bt Jonas Jaeger-Loui Kjaer Kjellberg (Den) 21-11, 21-12.l Women’s singles
First round: S. Kisona bt Nadia Fankhauser (Ger) 21-15, 21-10; Eoon Qi Xuan bt Freya Redfearn (Eng) 21-9, 21-15; Goh Jin Wei bt Anna Ramirez (Spa) 21-5, 21-7.Second round: Kisona bt Lucia Rodriquez (Spa) 21-7, 21-14; Qi Xuan bt Marie Batomene (Fra) 11-2, rtd; Jin Wei bt Abigail Holden (Eng) 21-10, 21-13.
Quarter-finals: Kisona bt Beatrix Corrales (Spa) 21-15, 21-14.l Mixed doubles
First round: Tee Kai Wun-Teoh Mei Xing bt Iliyan Stoynov-Hristomira Popovska (Bul) 21-13, 21-17.
Second round: Kai Wun-Mei Xing bt Dominik Stipsits-Serena Au Yeong (Aut) 21-10, 21-17.