Hafiz fizzles out in semis of Thailand Open

BANGKOK: Manchester Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mohd Hafiz Hashim's hopes of starting the year with a bang were dashed when he failed to reach the final of the US$30,000 Thailand Open at the National Gymnasium here yesterday. 

Hafiz lost to second seed and world number 19 Ronald Susilo from Singapore 10-15, 8-15 in the semi-finals. 

It was the second successive time Hafiz had lost to the Indonesian-born player. The Nusa Mahsuri player was also shown the exit in the second round of the Malaysian Open in Penang last year. 

Ronald will meet Thai ace Boonsak Polsana in the final today. The 19 year-old law student scraped past South Korean Park Tae-sang 17-16, 10-15, 15-8 in another semi-final match.  

The top seeded Boonsak will be making his third consecutive appearance in the final. 

He lost to Malaysia's Yong Hock Kin in last year's final. 

It was also the end of the road for former top pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah when they failed to overcame Thailand's Sudket Prapakamol-Patapol Ngernsrisuk in the last four of the men's doubles competition. 

The Thai pair defeated Tan Fook-Wan Wah 15-12, 11-15, 15-10 to reach the final, where they will play South Korean scratch pair Ha Tae-kwon-Yoo Yong-sung. 

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