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Badminton: Rashid Reminds Players Not To Be Overjoyed With Win

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysian players have been reminded not to be overjoyed with Wednesday night's win over Denmark as semi-final opponents China pose a big challenge.

Head coach Rashid Sidek said the players need to focus on the defending Thomas Cup champions whom they had beaten in Guangzhou in the semi-final in 2002.

"China is also nervous about meeting Malaysia as we had beaten them before," he said after the quarter-final match at Stadium Putra Wednesday night.

Malaysia beat Denmark 3-2 to make the semi-final against China on Friday.

Doubles coach Rexy Mainaky said Malaysia could beat China if world number one Lee Chong Wei beats Lin Dan.

"China will struggle if Lin Dan is beaten. This will give us the chance to beat them" he said.

Rexy said new pair Mohd Zakry Latif-Thien How Hoon would again be fielded as they had performed well against All England doubles champions Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen.

Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari was benched to appease fans who were angry with him for showing a lewd sign after losing to Kenichi Hayakawa-Kenta Kazuno of Japan Tuesday night.

"We were afraid to field Fairuzizuan-Zakry tonight as the fans might attack Fairuz if we had lost tonight," he added.


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