Badminton fans thrilled Malaysia reached Thomas Cup final

Lee Chong Wei returns a shot to Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto during their men's singles semi-final match at the Thomas Cup badminton championship in New Delhi May 23, 2014. — Reuters pic
Lee Chong Wei returns a shot to Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto during their men's singles semi-final match at the Thomas Cup badminton championship in New Delhi May 23, 2014. — Reuters pic

PETALING JAYA, May 25 — Badminton fans were thrilled as the national shuttlers made it to the Thomas Cup final but hoped their enthusiasm will not be dampened by a poor performance judging by past experiences.

Malaysia will play Japan at the Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi, India, today.

Malaysia lost to Indonesia in the 2002 final and last lifted the prestigious trophy in 1992.

Anelka Gomez, 15, hoped there would not be any disappointing results as evident during the Olympics and World Championships in recent times.

“This is our best chance to lift the trophy and I am confident our boys will bring it home,” said Gomez, who studies at SMK La Salle.

Anelka says this is our best chance to lift the Thomas Cup trophy.
Anelka says this is our best chance to lift the Thomas Cup trophy.

Lim Ra Eian, 14, is optimistic of Malaysia’s chances despite Japan having slayed China 3-0 in the semifinals.

“We have been playing well so far. The players now need to believe in themselves to defeat the Japanese,” said Lim.

While many had high expectations over world No.1 Lee Chong Wei, many were surprised with the outstanding performance of the nation’s other singles player Chong Wei Feng.

“Wei Feng has been playing very well and we want all the players to keep faith. The results will come,” said Matthew Han, 60.

“He could very well be the star we have been looking for all this while.”

Gan will cheer the loudest as she wants a public holiday if Malaysia win the Thomas Cup.
Gan will cheer the loudest as she wants a public holiday if Malaysia win the Thomas Cup.

There were others who remained realistic, adding Malaysia had a 50-50 chance to win as they had surprised many for even making it this far.

The possibility of a public holiday had also enticed the fans. A public holiday was declared when Malaysia won 

in 1992.

“I want a public holiday... that is why I will cheer the loudest!” said H.P. Gan, 26.

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