Tonight Malaysia national team will duel against defending champion China in semi finals for a place in Final.
The match is broadcast live from Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil from 7 p.m tonight. Stay tuned to TV1 or Astro StarSports tonight.
LEE CHONG WEI (1) vs LIN DAN (2)
KOO KIEN KEAT-TAN BOON HEONG (1) vs CAI YUN-FU HAIFENG (8)
The odds are against Choong Hann (pic) even though he has beaten Chen Jin in their last meeting at the Macau Open last year. Chen Jin was troubled by injuries for some time last year but he seems to be back at his best. The record is 6-2 in favour of Chen Jin. The Chinese has better precision in his attacking game while Choong Hann can be erratic. Chen Jin is also physically stronger but Choong Hann will not be short of fi re in his belly. He had shown his guts before in a 21-15, 18-21, 20-22 defeat by Chen Jin in the 2007 Malaysian Open.
IF the tie goes this far, it will be a crucial one for Malaysia with a possibility of victory or defeat. It is likely that Malaysia will retain this scratch pair as Mohd Fairuizuan Mohd Tazari did not handle the pressure well in his regular partnership with Zakry in the group tie against Japan. In contrast, the Zakry-Thien How partnership showed determination in the quarter-fi nals against Denmark. The skilful Zakry and hard-hitting Thien How are certainly the better bets to go for an upset win over Zhengdong-Xu Chen (pic).
THERE IS a high possibility of China lining up youngster Chen Long (pic) instead of seasoned campaigner Bao Chunlai for this match. Chen Long scored a sensational win over Hafiz in the German Open semifinals this year. And thus far he has justified the faith of his coaches by winning all his matches in the group ties. Hafiz has a 2-2 record against Chunlai but they have not played against each other for two years. Hafiz is known to be inconsistent and Malaysia saw the good and bad side of him over two days. He struggled in his defeat by Shoji Sato of Japan but showed more urgency in his win over Joachim Persson of Denmark. And Malaysia will be hoping to see the bright side of Hafiz against China.
Metzelder says: On paper, we lose to China but nothing is impossible in tonight's exciting matches from 1st singles itself.
So Malaysians this it the time to show our best support to the team to repeat the success of 1992 team after lapses 18 years. Chances are there and I believe we are ready this time.
Malaysia 3 - China 2