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by rajes paul
Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The pair surprised everyone by dumping Denmark Open champions Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea 21-13, 21-10 in just 33 minutes.
KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttlers Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong served up an awesome double joy for Malaysia in the French Open when they pulled off great jobs to set up an all Malaysian men's doubles semi-final clash in Paris.
Unseeded Thien How-Wee Kiong carved up the biggest shocker of the day in the quarter-finals on Friday when they dumped Denmark Open champions Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea 21-13, 21-10 in just 33 minutes.
Fourth seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong, hungry for their first Super Series title in three years, fought hard for a 21-11, 15-21, 21-17 win over Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis of England.
The Malaysians will take on each other in the semi-final and assure one ticket for the country in the final day action. The other semi-finals will be between Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Markis Kido of Indonesia and reigning All-England champions Lu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China.
The day however, belonged to the World No. 13 Thien How-Wee Kiong. It was their first semi-final appearance in the Super Series this year after struggling to make an impact.
Said Thien How: “It was good to finally reach our first semi-finals in a Super Series. Wee Kiong and I were able to play our game well and keep the Koreans at bay.
“It is a good win but we are far from satisfied as our job is not over here yet.”
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei also made it a grand day for Malaysia when he cooly checked into the men's singles semi-finals after disposing of Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 21-13, 21-17 in just 35 minutes.
The 31-year-old Chong Wei will have a big fight on his hands when he takes on a gritty Kenichi Tago of Japan for a place in the final.
It was however all over for top mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in the French Open when they went down tamely 14-21, 12-21 to top seeds Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China.
It was their fourth defeat to the Chinese pair.
In the women's doubles, Indonesia's Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii created a stir when they upset top seeds Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang of 21-17, 14-21, 23-21 in the quarter-finals.
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badminton, French Open, Lee Chong Wei, Hoon Thien How, Tan Wee Kiong, Koo Kien Keat, Tan Boon Heong
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