NATIONAL shuttler Wong Mew Choo kept Malaysia’s interest alive in the women’s singles event but only after surviving a fierce onslaught from a Thai junior yesterday.
Mew Choo had do dig deep into her reserves to beat 18-year-old Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 19-21, 21-15, 21-16 in a 58-minute energy-sapping match to reach the quarter-finals.
Today, she will take on China’s Wang Lin, who also huffed and puffed her way to a 21-16, 19-21, 22-20 win over gritty Taiwanese Cheng Shao-chieh in the second round.
Mew Choo, however, is the only Malaysian woman left in the fray after Julia Wong and Lydia Cheah crashed out.
Julia went down 12-21, 12-21 to Ai Goto while Lydia again muffed a good chance to reach her first quarter-finals in an international tournament after losing 21-13, 14-21, 16-21 to Kaori Imabeppu, both of Japan.
“I was rattled by the Thai girl’s aggressive play today (yesterday). Half-way through the match, I was fighting with myself,” said Mew Choo.
“I kept on psyching myself to get into the game. Fortunately, I was able to hang on.”
“It will be challenging against Wang Lin. We have a 1-1 record. But I have not met her for about two years now. I have to raise my game if I want to get the better of her.”
Malaysia's challenge in the women’s doubles came to an abrupt end when all three pairs – Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty, Lim Pek Siah-Ooi Yu Hang and Woon Khe Wei-Goh Liu Ying – crashed out.
Eei Hui-Pei Tty, however, went one step better by reaching the second round, where they were beaten 20-22, 24-22, 16-21 by Taiwan’s Cheng Wen-shin-Chien Yu-chin.