BIRMINGHAM: Malaysian shuttlers Mohd Roslin Hashim and Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah staged remarkable comebacks to qualify for the All-England quarter-finals at the National Indoor Arena.
Defending men's singles champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim, however, was out in the cold on a snowy day in Birmingham. He went down 9-15, 8-15 in 43 minutes to Denmark's Anders Boesen. It was Hafiz's first defeat in his four meetings against the 28-year-old Dane.
Just a day earlier, Hafiz had showed glimpses of his old fiery form, beating teammate Wong Choong Hann with an impressive 15-3, 15-3 win.
Also making an exit was South Korea's second seed Lee Hyun-Il who lost to China's Chen Yu, seeded 11, losing 15-5, 15-5.
The run of Welshman Richard Vaughan, who had stunned China's world champions Xie Xuanze on Wednesday, also came to an end when he was beaten 15-11, 15-4 by Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat. Vaughan had taken a 10-9 lead in the first game but that was the best he could muster.
If Hafiz fizzled out, elder brother Roslin was in fighting form.
He scrapped into the last eight with a 7-15, 17-14, 15-14 win over Denmark's Kenneth Jonassen in a match which lasted 90 minutes.
He will now take on another Dane - Peter Gade-Christensen - who upset Chen Hong of China with a 15-13, 11-15, 15-8 win in another marathon third round match that lasted 79 minutes.
Veteran Roslin had been on the brink of defeat when he was trailing 5-14 in the second game against Jonassen but with just two serves, he scampered back into the fight and won 17-14, forcing the rubber.
He was also trailing 12-14 in the decider but just would not give up and fought back to win the match narrowly 15-14.
National singles chief coach Misbun Sidek said he was fretting throughout the match but was certainly happy that Roslin had pulled through the ordeal.
“It was a great fightback from Roslin. In the decider, both were tied at 14-14 and Kenneth asked for one point. I was so tensed but Roslin persevered. Kenneth is an attacking player and he was pushing hard but Roslin just toyed around with long rallies. Finally, he lasted the long match,” said Misbun in a telephone interview from Birmingham.
“His next opponent Gade-Christensen also did well by upsetting Chen Hong. He is in good condition here. I hope Roslin will be able to continue his good run here.”
Roslin has played Gade-Christensen six times and won four times.
On Hafiz's defeat, Misbun said: “He was down with fever after his win over Choong Hann. He wore two T-shirts when he was against Anders. He certainly did not play true to his form.”
Like Roslin, the national top doubles pair of Tan Fook-Wan Wah had to fight back from the brink of defeat to reach the last eight.
The duo eliminated world number nine Anthony Clark-Nathan Robertson of England 2-15, 15-5, 17-15 to set-up a meeting with top seed and reigning world champion Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen.
Said national doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock: “They were not focused at all in the first game and went down easily. It all looked as though the pair were going to lose when they were trailing 4-12 in the rubber game. But I am glad they fought back.”
“I hope they will not make silly mistakes against the top seed. It will be tough but I hope they will give their all against the Danes.”
Meanwhile, Malaysia's challenge ended in the women's singles and doubles.
The Vietnam SEA Games champion Wong Mew Choo, who was hoping to become the first Malaysian to reach the All-England quarter-finals, went down 3-11, 8-11 to world number five Mia Audina of Holland in the third round.
It was also the end of the road for Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty in the women's doubles. The duo went down fighting to top seed Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen of China 6-15, 8-15.
Mohd Roslin Hashim (Mas) bt Kenneth Jonassen (Den) 7-15, 17-14, 15-14; Peter Gade-Christensen (Den) bt Chen Hong (Chn) 15-13, 11-15, 15-8; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Richard Vaughan (Wal) 15-11, 15-4; Chen Yu (Chn) bt Lee Hyun-il (Kor) 15-5, 15-5.
Keita Masuda-Tadashi Othsuka (Jpn) bt Mike Beres-Kyle Hunter (Can) 15-5, 15-5; Lee Dong-soo-Yoo Yong-sung (Kor) bt Jeon Jun-bum-Yoo Yeon-seung (Kor) 15-5, 15-4; Michal Logosz-Robert Mateusiak (Pol) bt Yuichi Ikeda-Shoji Sato (Jpn) 15-9, 15-9; Stanlislav Pukhov-Nikolai Zuev (Rus) bt Jean-Michel Lefort-Svetoslav Stoyanov (Fra) 5-15, 15-7, 15-8; Sang Yang-Zheng Bo (Chn) bt Kristof Hopp-Bjoern Joppien (Ger) 15-6, 15-9;
Sigit Budiarto-Trikus Hariyanto (Ina) bt Thomas Laybourn-Peter Steffensen (Den) 15-6, 15-9; Jens Eriksen-Martin Lundgaard Hansen (Den) bt Tijs Creemers-Jurgen Wouters (Ned) 15-3, 15-0; Mathias Boe-Michael Lamp (Den) bt Cheng Rui-Wang Wei (Chn) 15-10, 9-15, 17-14; Flandi Limpele-Eng Hian (Ina) bt Matthew Hughes-Martyn Lewis (Wal) 15-9, 15-4;
Kim Yong-hyun-Yim Bang-eun (Kor) bt Robert Blair-Marleve Mainaky (Eng-Swi) 15-5, 15-1; Kim Dong-moon-Ha Tae-kwon (Kor) bt Ashley Brehaut-Travis Denny (Aus) 15-3, 15-1.
Third round: Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen (Den) bt Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto (Ina) 15-3, 15-5; Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah (Mas) bt Anthony Clark-Nathan Robertson (Eng) 2-15, 15-5, 17-15;Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun (Chn) bt Keita Masuda-Tadashi Othsuka (Jpn) 15-9, 15-4; Lee Dong-soo-Yoo Yong-sung (Kor) bt Michal Logosz-Robert Mateusiak (Pol) 15-9, 15-5; Sang Yang-Zheng Bo (Chn) bt Stanlislav Pukhov-Nikolai Zuev (Rus) 15-5, 13-15, 15-4;
Jens Eriksen-Martin Lundgaard Hansen (Den) bt Sigit Budiarto-Trikus Hariyanto (Ina) 15-4, 15-11; Flandi Limpele-Eng Hian (Ina) bt Mathias Boe-Michael Lamp (Den) 15-2, 15-8; Kim Yong-hyun-Yim Bang-eun (Kor) bt Kim Dong-moon-Ha Tae-kwon (Kor) 15-6, 15-6.
*RESULTS OF MATCHES INVOLVING MALAYSIANS IN OTHER EVENTS
Third round: Wong Mew Choo lost to Mia Audina (Ned) 3-11, 8-11.
First round: Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty bt Fabienne Baumeyer-Judith Baumeyer (Swi) 15-1, 15-0.
Second round: Eei Hui-Pei Tty lost to Yang Wei-Zhang Jiewen (Chn) 6-15, 8-15.