Wednesday, 17 August 2016
PETALING JAYA: In a few hours, Malaysia’s leading singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei (pic) will take the court against Chou Tien-Chen of Chinese Taipei in a crucial Olympic quarterfinal.
A win by Chong Wei would add to the magical run currently being enjoyed by Malaysian shuttlers at the Rio Olympics.
Should he win the match against Chou, which is scheduled to start at 7.30pm on Wednesday, Chong Wei will play the victor of the tie between Lin Dan of China and Srikanth Kidambi of India in the semi-finals on Friday.
The other quarter-finals pit Rajiv Ouseph of Great Britain against Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and China’s Chen Long against Son Wan-Ho of South Korea.
Chong Wei fell to Lin Dan in the finals of both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics and will be hoping to go one better in Rio.
Malaysia is already enjoying its most successful run at the Games with two pairs having booked their places in the finals guaranteeing Malaysia a minimum of two silvers.
Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying will meet Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia at 11.30 pm in Wednesday’s final, with a gold medal at stake.
The men’s doubles team of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong will take on Chinese pair Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan at 10.50pm in Friday’s final.
Source by: The Star Online