Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The Malaysian pair will meet Indonesians Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Markis Kido in the All-England quarter-finals.
BIRMINGHAM: World No. 8 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong lived up to expectations by making the quarter-finals of the All-England … but not before a massive scare.
The fifth-seeded Thien How-Wee Kiong made life tough for themselves in the 25-23, 20-22, 21-14 win over Japanese Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata.
The Macau Open champions dominated the first game only to allow the Japanese to draw level from 16-20 down before narrowly edging it.
In the second, Thien How-Wee Kiong once again blew a 20-16 lead to allow Hashimoto-Hirata to nick the game and force a deciding rubber.
That woke the Malaysians from their slumber and they showed no mercy to take the match and a spot in the last eight.
That means Thien How-Wee Kiong, who are now Malaysia’s new No. 1 pair, have equalled their best ever All-England showing which they achieved last year.
The pair however admitted that they need to stamp out their mistakes in order to go one step further.
“Even though we had the advantage, we were still too eager to finish off our opponents quickly and made too many crucial mistakes in the second game,” said the stocky Thien How.
“But we managed to regroup and work on our communication in the third game.”
Wee Kiong, who admitted his fault at the net, added that they are aiming to make the semi-finals for the first time.
“We want to move ahead but we definitely need to cut out the mistakes,” said Wee Kiong.
“Making improvements for the next match, regardless of who we face, is our main priority now.”
Thien How-Wee Kiong will face Indonesians Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Markis Kido, who packed off third seed Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 21-18, 21-12, in the last eight.
The Danish presence was also wiped out in the men’s doubles after both Kim Astrup Sorensen-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding crashed out in the second round.
In the women's doubles, Vivian Kah-Woon Khe Wei were beaten by Japan's Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi 21-15, 21-11 in just 37 minutes.
There was no surprise in the all-Malaysian men's singles second round match. Lee Chong Wei beat Chong Wei Feng 21-6, 21-12 in 35 minutes.
Chong Wei will face Japan's Kento Momota in the quarter-finals.