Published: Saturday March 8, 2014 MYT 3:59:00 AM
Updated: Saturday March 8, 2014 MYT 7:32:08 PM

Tame end for Hoon and Tan (updated)

BIRMINGHAM: SOUTH Korean Ko Sung-hyun is so happy to be holding a badminton racquet rather than a gun.

Sung-hyun was released from military service earlier after Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung’s impending ban for missing dope tests left the South Koreans short of men’s doubles players.

And the 25-year-old showed just how happy he was to be playing badminton once more by powering into two semi-finals at the All-England on Friday.

First, he partnered Kim Ha-na to eliminate the Danish challenge of Mads Pieler Kolding-Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-15, 19-21, 21-13 in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.

He then paired up with Shin Baek-cheol to smash past seventh seeds Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin of Taiwan 21-17, 19-21, 21-14.

“I’m really happy to be playing well. Usually, we won’t be released so early from military service but mine was a special case as we are in a bit of a crisis,” said Sung-hyun with a wide smile.

“In fact, I’m just really happy to be playing badminton again since I entered military service last December.

“I’ve only been training for three weeks, so it’s been going well for me.”

Sung-hyun will have a massive test in the mixed doubles as world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir are the next opponents.

In men’s doubles, Sung-hyun-Baek-cheol will take on Japanese second seeds Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa.

While South Korea are flexing their muscles in the men’s doubles, Malaysia’s new No. 1 pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong failed to keep the momentum going after falling tamely 18-21, 12-21 to Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Markis Kido of Indonesia.

“We made too many mistakes and were unable to control the net. That wasn’t our usual game,” said Wee Kiong.

“We were also affected by a few service fault calls against us ... and being emotionally unstable during the match was our biggest letdown.”

Gideon-Markis, who won the French Open last year, will meet compatriots and reigning world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in the semi-finals.

Ahsan-Hendra just had enough in reserves to pack off the last Chinese pair in the fray – Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan – 23-21, 22-20.

The European challenge was also wiped out after the husband-wife mixed doubles pair of Chris and Gabrielle Adcock of England lost 10-21, 13-21 to world No. 1 Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei.

Tags / Keywords: Hoon Thien How, Tan Wee Kiong, Markis Kido, All England, badminton, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ko Sung hyun, South Korea


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