COPENHAGEN: Mohd Hafiz Hashim is the only Malaysian left in contention in the Copenhagen Masters invitational badminton championships.
Yesterday, Hafiz, the world number nine, got his campaign off to a winning start with a 15-7, 15-8 win over Holland’s Eric Pang in a Group B match.
But standing in Hafiz’s path to the final will be Danish favourite Peter-Gade Christensen, who beat Eric 15-7, 15-3 on Tuesday evening.
Hafiz was due to meet Christensen later yesterday with the winner booking a place in the final against China’s world number two, Bao Chunlai.
On Tuesday, Chunlai registered two wins in Group A to reach the final.
After beating Malaysia’s second singles representative, Wong Choong Hann 8-15, 15-4, 15-2, Chunlai went on to carve out a 15-10, 17-14 victory over Denmark’s Kenneth Jonassen in the evening session.
Jonassen’s defeat erased any chance of Choong Hann advancing further from the group.
The Malaysian men’s doubles pair of Tan Bin Shen-Ong Soon Hock also bowed out of the tournament after suffering their second defeat, falling 15-6, 9-15, 7-15 to reigning world champions Tony Gunawan-Howard Bach of the United States.