Shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, who was Malaysia's best bet in to win a medal, failed to capitalise on his first game victory as he bowed out 16-21, 21-17, 21-18 to veteran Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil. Pix by Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is so disappointed with himself, he may call it quits.

On Sunday, Malaysia's interest in the men's singles event at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games came to an end when Iskandar crashed out in the quarter-finals.

The 26-year-old, who was Malaysia's best bet in to win a medal, failed to capitalise on his first game victory as he bowed out 16-21, 21-17, 21-18 to veteran Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.

Malaysia's second singles Lee Zii Jia, was sent packing earlier in the second round on Saturday.

"I don't know what to say, I am very disappointed and I will have to think hard about what I want to do next.

"My playing is okay but I can't seem to handle my mental state. I just can't forgive myself here because I made too many mistakes when I had the game in hand," lamented Iskandar, who only returned to competitive action in May after picking up a back injury last year.

In Singapore two years ago, Malaysia claimed the men's singles gold and silver medal through Chong Wei Feng and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif respectively.

Meanwhile, it was a good day at work for women's singles Soniia Cheah and Goh Jin wei who marched into the semi-finals in style.

Soniia had to dig deep before seeing off Vietnam's Nguyen Thuy Linh 21-18, 13-21, 21-12 while Jin Wei upset second seed Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia 13-21, 21-15, 21-12.

"I wanted to win fast and that forced me into making too many mistakes. I should have won in straight games.

"Both Jin Wei and I are now in the semi-finals, hopefully we get to make it an all Malaysian final," said Soniia.

The 24-year-old national No 1, will play Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska next, while Jin Wei takes on third seed Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

The other Malaysians who will feature in the semi-finals today are both mixed doubles Goh Soon Huat-Cheah Yee See, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, women's doubles Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei and men's doubles Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.

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