KELANTAN’S Chan Wen Tse and Mohd Haikal Nazri had no time to train together before the Malaysia Games (Sukma) but that didn’t stop the mixed doubles pair from reaching the final.
Yesterday, the duo, who were also playing together in their first tournament, combined well to beat Melaka’s Tan Kok Xian-Yap Ling 21-17, 21-15 in just 26 minutes in the semi-finals at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.
Seventeen-year-old Wen Tse, who is part of the national junior set-up, had to go through selection for the World Junior Championships in Santander, Spain, from Oct 24-30 before the Sukma and could not link up with Haikal.
“Haikal and I never expected to reach the final. We couldn’t train together before the competition as I had to go through selection for the world junior meet next month. But thanks to Haikal’s guidance and support on court, we managed to make it,” said Wen Tse.
“In our matches, Haikal told me to focus on the front court and he will cover the back. We also discussed ways to improve our combination play,” added Wen Tse.
Haikal-Wen Tse will battle top seeds Tee Kai Wun-Toh Ee Wei of Melaka for the gold today.
Kai Wun-Ee Wei easily swept aside Sarawak’s Owen Ting Shih Wee-Wong Ling Shing 21-13, 21-7 in their last-four match.
Wen Tse admitted that she and Haikal faced a tough challenge but has vowed to go all out to secure the title for Kelantan.
“It has been a long time since Kelantan had a gold medallist in badminton. Haikal and I want to end this wait. We know it will be tough as we face the top seeds but we will give our very best,” said Wen Tse.
Meanwhile, it was double joy for both Kai Wun and Ee Wei as they also made it to the men’s and women’s doubles finals along with Tan Kok Xian and Yap Ling respectively.
In the title decider, Ee Wei-Yap Ling will take on Kedah’s Cheng Su Hui-Cheng Su Yin while Kai Wun-Kok Xian will meet Johor’s Sheng Hao-Roy King.
In the men’s singles, hot favourite Ng Tze Yong of Johor safely made it to the final after defeating Selangor’s Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin 21-14, 21-15.
Tze Yong will face Federal Territories’ Leong Jun Hao for the gold.
Jun Hao had to work harder to come through his semi-final match against Kedah’s Jacky Kok, winning 16-21, 21-12, 21-12.
The women’s singles final will be an all-Selangor affair between Siti Nurshuhaini Azman and K. Letshanaa.
Men’s singles: Leong Jun Hao (FT) bt Jacky Kok (Ked) 16-21, 21-12, 21-12; Ng Tze Yong (Joh) bt Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin (Sel) 21-14, 21-15.
Men’s doubles: Tee Kai Wun-Tan Kok Xian (Mel) bt Mohd Nuraidil Azman-Mohd Nurfirdaus Azman (Sel) 21-16, 21-14; Lwi Sheng Hao-Yap Roy King (Joh) bt Chia Jeng Hon-Choi Jian Sheng (Pah) 21-16, 21-15.
Women’s singles: Siti Nurshuhaini Azman (Sel) bt Amanda Yap (FT) 15-21, 21-11, 21-13; K. Letshanaa (Sel) bt Tan Zhing Yi (Pen) 22-20, 21-17.
Women’s doubles: Cheng Su Hui-Cheng Su Yin (Ked) R. Kasthuri-R. Venosha (Sel) 21-16, 21-17; Toh Ee Wei-Yap Ling (Mel) bt Tang Wen Xin-Wong Kha Yan (FT) 21-9, 21-17.
Mixed doubles: Tee Kai Wun-Toh Ee Wei (Mel) bt Owen Ting Shih Wee -Wong Ling Shing (Swk) 21-13, 21-7; Mohd Haikal Nazri-Chan Wen Tse (Kel) bt Tan Kok Xian-Yap Ling (Mel) 21-17, 21-15.