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BADMINTON: Hafiz Shown The Exit

NEW DELHI, April 16 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's hopes in the men's singles at the Yonex-Sunrise Badminton Asia Championship 2010 badminton meet here took a tumble after a semi-fit Muhammad Hafiz Hashim crashed out of the tournament on Friday.

In a disappointing quarter-final, the jaded Hafiz literally threw away the crucial match when playing against Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana.

The 28-year-old Ponsana took advantage of Hafiz's erratic play and easily took the first set in 21-9.

In the midst of the second set, the trailing Hafiz halted Ponsana at 12-12 and went on to clinch it in 21-17 but was colossal flop in the final set, failing to display any determination to defeat his rival.

The Thai shuttler bounced backed in the third set and had little difficulty ousting Hafiz, who by then had lost steam on the court. The set ended 21-10.

"I really don't know what happened, I was tired and had some back pain. I made many mistakes and most of my shots dropped out of court, I hardly attacked," he told Bernama after the defeat.

With the victory, the Thai shuttler is likely to clash against China's Lin Dan in the semifinals tomorrow.

Asked about his chances, Ponsana said: "It is hard to beat Lin Dan, he is good in all areas, strong, fast and good. He is the world's best player."

Later today, in the women's singles quarter-finals, Wong Mew Choo takes on India's Saina Nehwal, in a match which is expected to be major showpiece of the tournament.


Source from BERNAMA












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