Yong Hock Kin today convincingly defeated Wong Choong Hann 15-9 15-5 in the 2nd round of the All England. With this win, he has placed himself in Choong Hann's RELATIVELY easy path to the Semi Finals. Yong has been very silent for the past few months, and does not speak very much with the press. All details we get are from Misbun, his temp coach, and that is also a trickle. However, Misbun did mention that Yong was "on fire" in training before the squad left KL. Hock Kin is a rare talent in Malaysia, where the strokes of Choong Hann and Hafiz are rigorously trained to perfection, it comes naturally to Hock Kin. His style of play is smooth and flowing, and if you see him in his rhythm, he is near unbeatable. Not even Poul Erik at his best could beat him if I remember correctly, and that by itself amounts to something. However, as with many cases, talent is also followed closely by temperamental behaviour. He seems to be the only player who could not get along with Indra, whereas the rest of the players are happy. That might suggest that Hock Kin is very different, and does not adhere to the norm. What that means is a mystery to me, as he is the one player in the Malaysian squad that issues the most question marks. Nevertheless, I hope his brilliance will shine through finally this time, and not just be another flash in the pan.