Mew Choo sweeps into final

JOHOR BAHARU: She isn’t supposed to be here but now Wong Mew Choo has found herself in the final of the women’s singles in the Super Series Masters Finals.

NO PRESSURE: Mew Choo stretches to reach a return from Yao Jie of The Netherlands in their women’s semi-final match at the World Super Series Masters Finals in Johor Baharu. — AFP photo

A convincing 21-10, 21-10 win over Holland’s Yao Jie in her semi-final clash at City Council Indoor Stadium here yesterday has put the 28-year old Mew Choo in the hunt for the US$40,000 (RM135,220) winner’s purse today.  For Mew Choo, who is ranked No. 20 in the world, the Super Series Masters Finals wasn’t on her agenda simply because she did not make the cut.

But thanks to a spate of withdrawals from the US$500,000 (RM2.5 million) tournament, she came for the tournament on an eleventh hour mission.

“Maybe it’s because she knows that she was not supposed to be here and therefore there is no pressure on her to do well. That’s why she is so relaxed and enjoying her badminton.

“You can see from the way she has been playing in the past few days. So relaxed, so natural and which has brought out the best in her.

“Of course she had to work hard in all her victories but then again I have said from the start, that she is capable of beating them all,” said her coach Datuk Misbun Sidek.

South Korea’s Park Sung Hwan brushed aside the challenge of China’s Bao Chunlai 21-14,21-14 in 41 minutes to book his ticket into the men’s singles final.

India’s Jwala Gutta and V. Diju, ranked No. 7 in the world, beat the Polish pair of Roberet Mateusiak-Nadiezla Kostiuczyk to make the mixed doubles final.

The Indian pair will play Denmark’s Jaochim Nielsen and Christina Pedersden, the reigning European champions today. — Bernama