India's P. Kashyap in a file photo. He meets Lee Chong Wei in the Indian Open quarter-finals.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Open champions Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem suffered another demoralising loss – this time at the Indian Open in New Delhi.
The Malaysian No. 2, who were easily beaten by Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart in the final of last week’s Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold, went down 18-21, 21-15, 16-21 to Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol of South Korea. It was a bitter blow to the Malaysians as they were leading 14-10 and 15-12 in the third game.
“Khim Wah and V Shem played much better this time. They were in control until 15-12 in the rubber game. Then, the mistakes crept in. The South Koreans levelled the score and went all the way for a win,” lamented national coach Rosman Razak.
In the men’s singles, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei put up another classy performance to blow away Malaysian Open Grand Prix runner-up Sourabh Varma of India 21-9, 21-6 in just 23 minutes.
The 31-year-old Chong Wei will take on his third Indian opponent, P. Kashyap, in Friday’s quarter-finals.
Denmark enjoyed a superb day when all their shuttlers – Jan O Jorgensen, Viktor Axelsen and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus – made it to the last eight to show that they are shaping up well ahead of the Thomas Cup Finals at the same venue in May.
Malaysia’s challenge is still alive in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Vivian Hoo showed that she is back in the groove when she stormed into the women’s doubles quarter-finals with Woon Khe Wei.
After lying low for two weeks due to an ankle injury, Vivian put up a commendable show with Khe Wei to beat Thailand’s Duanganong Aroonkesorn-V. Kunchala 14-21, 21-18, 21-14 in 50 minutes. It was the Malaysians’ third straight win over the Thais.
On Friday, Vivian-Khe Wei will take on South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na as they bid to make the semi-finals for the first time in a Superseries tournament this year.
Vivian said that they would be playing without any pressure.
“I am truly happy with the win. Two weeks ago, I sprained my ankle but today it was all good. I am happy with my progress,” said Vivian, who skipped last week’s Malaysian Open GP Gold in Johor Baru.
“The match against the South Koreans will be tough. We are facing them for the first time but there is no pressure on us,” she added.
In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing continued their gallant run with a 21-15, 21-10 win over Shin Baek-cheol-Eom Hye-won of South Korea.