“I feel quite surprised that I can make the quarterfinals because this is my first Super 500 tournament,” said the 21-year-old Ng. “I had a lead in the first game but then I lost focus so it was a tough match.”
The Malaysian had worked himself into form at lower-rung tournaments in 2021 – winning the Polish Open, the Belgian International and Scottish Open, and said he’d gained confidence from his performance at the Thomas Cup where he went down to Jonatan Christie in three games.
“Last year I felt I needed to play some smaller tournaments so I could learn more. I got a lot of confidence playing Jonatan Christie at the Thomas Cup, because that was the first I played a top 10 player. This year I hope to make the top 30 so I can play more higher level events like the Super 1000s. I feel very good because after the Europe tournaments I didn’t take a holiday and I kept training.”
Like Ng, Sergey Sirant too made the quarterfinal at his first Super 500 event and was thrilled.
“This is my first Super 500 quarterfinal and it’s good for me and I’m very happy. I’m very comfortable playing in India. I don’t have strong sparring at home but the motivation is high.”
In the quarterfinals, Sirant faces Loh Kean Yew while Ng Tze Yong takes on Nhat Nguyen.
♦It was a good day for Malaysia with Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing, Ng Tze Yong, Chen Tang Jie/Peck Yen Wei, Chan Peng Soon/Valeree Siow, Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi and Vivian Hoo/Lim Chiew Sien entering the quarterfinals. The only Malaysian to fall was Soong Joo Ven, beaten 21-12 21-12 by world champion Loh Kean Yew.
♦Loh’s compatriot Yeo Jia Min had an early setback but recovered to beat India’s Anupama Upadhyaya, 13-21 21-7 21-12.