Saturday, August 22, 2009

Choong Hann Sets Up Final Clash With Chong Wei

Independent Malaysian player Wong Choong Hann advanced to Macau Grand Prix Gold final. The fourth-seeded Choong Hann, who surrendered to China's Chen Jin in the world championship 3rd round last week, avenged his loss 21-13, 6-21, and 21-11.

In the third set, Choong Hann left the world number two 11-1. He still led until he won 21-11. Choong Hann will face compatriot Lee Chong Wei, who conquered Taufik Hidayat 21-, 21-

In the men's doubles, the two top-seeded pairs are booking the final berths. Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah sent away Indonesian young players Wifqi Windarto and Afiat Yuris Wirawan 21-13 and 21-15, while Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong vanquished Zhang Nan/Chai Biao 21-14 and 21-16. Zhang/Chai had beaten eight seeds Chan Chong Ming and Chew Choon Eng in the quarter-final.

Reaching a Grand Prix semi-final is Wifqi/Afiat's best career achievement.

Final (8/23) Fixtures:
4-Wong Choong Hann (MAS) vs. 1-Lee Chong Wei (MAS)
2-Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah (MAS) vs. 1-Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS)
Hendra Aprida Gunawan/Vita Marissa (INA) vs. 1-He Hanbin/Yu Yang (CHN)
6-Jiang Yanjiao (CHN) vs. 3-Wang Yihan (CHN)
3-Zhang Jiewen/Yang Wei (CHN) vs. 1-Yu Yang/Du Jing (CHN)

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