PETALING JAYA: As daunting as it could sound, singles shuttler Ng Tze Yong (pic) is trying ahead to the prospect of a rematch with Indonesian ace Jonatan Christie on the German Open in Mulheim from March 8-13.
The 21-year-old Tze Yong couldn’t have requested for a harder draw after touchdown himself in an intimidating quarter that features an opener towards world No. 8 Jonatan.
The opposite massive names in his quarter are world No. 2 Kento Momota of Japan, reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore and World Tour Finals runner-up Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand.
However Tze Yong’s rapid objective is to actual revenge on Jonatan, having misplaced 21-14, 19-21, 16-21 in a 75-minute pulsating second singles battle on the Thomas Cup Finals in Denmark in October final 12 months.
Following the defeat, Malaysia finally misplaced 0-3 to Indonesia within the quarter-finals.
Jonatan went on to turn out to be his nation’s hero by delivering the profitable level in Indonesia’s emphatic 3-0 victory over China within the remaining.
World No. 46 Tze Yong has his justifiable share of heroic second too when he helped Malaysia clinch the Badminton Asia Workforce Champion-ships’ males’s title for the primary time.
His win over Ikhsan Leonardo Rumbay within the second singles gifted Malaysia the deciding level to beat Indonesia 3-0 within the remaining.
He ended the week unbeaten in all three matches he was fielded.
Simply earlier than that, he reached the semi-finals of the Indian Open final month.
Nationwide singles teaching director Wong Choong Hann is satisfied that Tze Yong can solely get higher after delivering an impressive present regardless of his lack of preparations attributable to Covid-19 an infection.
Tze Yong was examined optimistic after returning house from the India Open and was sidelined for almost two weeks.
“Contemplating the circumstances, Tze Yong nonetheless did very properly by placing up a secure efficiency all week lengthy,” stated Choong Hann.
“He maintained a great focus throughout matches and it was adequate to make up for any shortcomings attributable to the poor circumstances of his physique.
“We’re fairly blissful and inspired by his progress. We’re trying ahead to his subsequent efficiency in Europe with a greater and extra thorough preparation this time.”
Tze Yong didn’t make the minimize for the All-England (March 15-20) however will return for the Swiss Open (March 22-27).