KUALA LUMPUR: “Victory is not to prove that I am better than BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) players,” explained professional shuttler Zulfadli Zulkifli after he defeated fellow Malaysian Lim Chi Wing to book a slot to the quarter-finals of the Macau Open.
According to the 2011 World Junior champion, he admits that it is somewhat sensitive to comment on whether he or BAM players are better, even though he won 21-11, 14-21, 21-15 in the third round today.
“There is really no need for me to compete nor compare with BAM players. We are all playing for our beloved country. I do not want to comment as to who is better, only that we know each other’s playing style and it has never crossed my mind that BAM players are playing to compete against me or vice-versa,” he said when contacted earlier today.
He explained that he is happy and thankful that he beat Chi Wing who is also a national champion, and that he is ready to take on Taiwan’s Shih Kuei Chun in tomorrow’s quarter-final.
“I managed to control the game well in the first set. In the second set I managed to build up an early lead before a dubious line call decision by the line judge. At the same time, I also made quite a few unforced errors. “However, in the deciding set, I managed to take a 15-7 lead before I began to lose focus and let him bounce back. But I managed to regain my focus and persevered for the win,” said the 10th seed.
Also advancing to the next round was another professional player, Chong Wei Feng who beat Koki Watanabe of Japan, 21-7, 21-15, and he will face South Korean veteran, Lee Hyun Il tomorrow.
In women’s doubles, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean shocked Taiwanese third seeds, Hsu Ya Ching-Wu Ti Jung by registering a 21-19, 21-14 win and they will take on Della Destiara Haris-Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah tomorrow.
Meanwhile in mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See who are the eighth seeds defeated the crack Malaysia-Indonesia pairing of Arif Latif-Rusydina Antardayu Riodingin 21-18, 21-10 and will go up against Singapore’s Terry Hee-Tan Wei Han in the quarter-finals.
However national women’s singles player, Ho Yen Mei fell at the hands of South Korean Lee Min Ji, 13-21, 14-21.