LEE Chong Wei overcame a gritty Chong Wei Feng to join Hashim Hashim in the semi-finals of the Malaysia Open grand prix gold in Johor Baru yesterday.
Chong Wei dropped the second game but recovered to beat Wei Feng 21-18, 15-21, 21-8 in 50 minutes to seal his place in the last four.
He will meet Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia, who defeated Sourabh Verma of India 21-17, 21-14, today.
Hafiz registered a 21-14, 22-20 win over H.S. Prannoy of India in 33 minutes to keep his hopes alive of a final showdown with Chong Wei tomorrow.
However, Hafiz must overcome Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who defeated Takuma Ueda of Japan 21-16, 22-24, 21-15, in his semi-final clash today.
Chong Wei said he made several mistakes in the second game but commended Wei Feng's improved performance.
"Wei Feng showed that he has improved with his steady performance in the first game and I made several errors in the second game. However, I managed to recover and secure a place in the semis," said Chong Wei.
"Fei Weng is playing with confidence and has shown a marked improvement lately. Wei Feng's progress is a very positive development for Malaysia especially with the Thomas Cup Finals which will be held soon."
Wei Feng has also proved that his inclusion in the Thomas Cup squad as a reserve was merited and he is able to handle the responsibility should he be given the chance to play in the final rounds in Wuhan on May 20-27.
This is the first semi-final appearance for Hafiz this year and there is a good chance for him to advance to the final as Sony has been struggling with his performance since last year. By K.M. Boopathy