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SEA Games (Badminton): WIN POSSIBLE Players can soar against Indonesia

Lim Khim Wah (right) and Goh V Shem should come up against Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan-Bona Septano in the first doubles.

The odds have seldom been in Malaysia’s favour when  playing Indonesia in a badminton team event in Jakarta,  and a familiar ending is likely in the men’s final at Istora Senayan today.

Fielding a  team of second-liners, Malaysia have to put up with not just an Indonesian side laden with Olympic champions, but also a hostile capacity crowd.

How the youngsters handle the situation is anyone’s guess but national coach Tan Kim Her has not ruled out the possibility of an upset.

“It’s a final and anything can happen. It might seem impossible but you can never rule it out. Indonesia were almost beaten by Thailand in the semi-finals but they will be raring to play us in front of their home crowd.
   “They have an advantage there but I think we can give them a good fight,” said Kim Her.

Former Olympic champions Taufik Hidayat and Markis KidoHendra Setiawan suffered surprise defeats against unheralded Thai opponents before Indonesia, 13-time Sea Games team champions, recovered to win 3-2.

Liew Daren should be facing Taufik in the opening singles while Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah will be up against Mohammad Ahsan-Bona Septano in the first doubles.

Arif Latif meets Simon Santoso and if the tie is still alive, Mak Hee Chun-Ong Soon Hock will attempt to score an upset against Markis-Hendra before Chong Wei Feng’s third singles against Hayom Rumbaka or Tommy Sugiarto.

Indonesia defeated Malaysia 3-1 in the 2009 final in Vientiane and won by the same score when the two teams last met in Jakarta at the 2004 Thomas Cup quarter-finals.

Source: NST

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