Chong Wei and Roslin face tough quarter-final opponents

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  • Friday, 30 Nov 2007

PETALING JAYA: World number two Lee Chong Wei checked into the men's singles quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open with a resounding straight-game win over fellow Malaysian Lee Tsuen Seng at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium yesterday. 

Chong Wei, gunning to end the year with a fourth title in the inaugural Super Series on Sunday, needed just 28 minutes to secure a 21-15, 21-10 win over the KLRC Bhd shuttler. But he is expected to face a stern test against top Dane Peter-Gade Christensen today. 

Another Malaysian facing a Danish test for a place in the semi-finals is Roslin Hashim, who received a walkover from China Open champion Bao Chunlai. The third seeded Chinese had lost the first game 19-21 before retiring with an ankle injury. 

Roslin will be up against Danish veteran Kenneth Jonassen today. If Chong Wei and Roslin get past the Danes, Malaysia are assured of a finalist on Sunday. 

Jonassen asserted his superiority by taking just 26 minutes to beat an off-form Mohd Hafiz Hashim 21-19, 21-5 while Yeoh Kay Bin's run ended with a 17-21, 13-21 defeat by World Championships runner-up Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia. 

For Roslin, he will be making his second appearance in the quarter-finals of the Super Series. He had failed to clear the first round in the last three tournaments. 

After losing in Denmark and France, Roslin ended a six-year title drought by winning the Vietnam Open, which is not part of the Super Series, but stumbled again in the China Open last week. 

“I'm satisfied that I followed my game plan, which was to win the first game. But to my surprise, Chunlai gave me a walkover. I am optimistic of winning tomorrow to go through to the semi-finals if I can maintain this performance,” said Roslin in a telephone interview from Hong Kong. 

In the men's doubles, top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, who were second-round casualties in the China Open last week, advanced to the last eight with a 21-11, 17-21, 21-9 win over Thai pair Sudket Prapakamol-Phattapol Ngernsrisuk.  

Kien Keat-Boon Heong will next face the Indonesian-American combination of Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan, who outclassed Malaysians Tan Bin Shen-Ong Soon Hock 12-21, 5-21.  

It was also the end of the road for World Junior Championships bronze medallists Lim Khim Wah-Mak Hee Chun, who lost 13-21, 14-21 to Poland's Michal Logosz-Robert Mateusiak. 

Malaysian interest in the women's doubles also ended after eighth seeds Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui fell tamely 10-21, 13-21 to Japanese Miyuki Maeda-Satoko Suetsuna. 

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