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Malaysia Battle Hard in Singapore

Regardless of the forthcoming Olympics or not, sporting events continue and badminton is no exception to this and some big name players have been taking place in Singapore.

The Aviva Singapore Open has brought together some big names in the hope of clinching glory and Malaysia has saw their fair share of players giving their all in the name of top quality badminton entertainment.

It may have been no surprise that Lee Chong Wei has did extremely well in the Singles event whilst Wong Mew Choo did likewise in her event meaning both advanced into the semi final stages but Malaysia served up another surprise by getting a raft of teams through to the final four of the Mens Doubles.

The Malaysian back up team of Razif Latif and Tan Wee Kiong joined their national team-mates and did so by causing a major shock. In defeating the Chinese pairing, currently ranked at number two in China, of Guo Zhendong and Xie Zhongbo would have sent shockwaves around the world of badminton and perhaps created a few nerves in the Chinese team in the build up to the Beijing Olympics. It is not always wise to read too much into results but this score may give the Malaysian team some confidence for the major event of the summer.

The Malaysian team can also take great comfort from the fact that they will definitely have one team in the final of the Men's Double as well as Latif and Wee Kiong in the semi finals, the other semi final will feature an all Malaysian clash. One team of Zakry Latif and Fairuzizuan Tazarj or Gan Teik Chai and Lin Woon Fui will triumph into the final meaning there is a great chance that Malaysia will be able to pick up a medal at the Singapore event.

The main shock came when the Chinese team was humbled in the quarter final stages as Razif Latif and Tan Wee Kiong triumphed over three sets to knock Guo Zhendong and Xie Zhongbo out of the event. The Malaysian team took the first set by 21-17 but was quickly turned over in the second set by the margin of 21-11.

This leveled the game heading into the third and final set and many would have expected the Chinese to continue their second set form and clinch the match but the Malaysian duo bounced back and won the deciding set 21-19. It may have been two tight victorious set but two winning sets is all you need and the semi-final place was reward enough.

Teik Chai and Lin Woon Fui had the most straightforward passage into the semi final with a two set victory by a 21-14, 21-17 score but Zakry Latif and Fairuzizuan Tazarj had a far more difficult time. The three set thriller saw the duo lost the first set but a narrow 23-21 score but the duo roared back to tie the match with a 21-13 margin before clinching the final set rather easily by 21-7.

Having three out of four teams in the semi finals of any tournament is no mean feat and this is certainly something to be proud of at the Singapore Open.

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