Thursday, 17 July 2014 | MYT 8:33 PM
BAM discards march on in Taiwan
Mak Hee Chun (left) and Chow Pak Chuu were in sublime form to check into the quarter-finals of the Taiwan Open. - filepic
PETALING JAYA: Professional shuttlers Mak Hee Chun-Chow Pak Chuu were the only Malaysians left after the second round of the Taiwan Open in Taipei City.
The world No. 109 pair were in sizzling form, strolling to a 21-19, 21-12 win over world No.32 Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira-Ade Yusuf of Indonesia 21-19, 21-12.
Hee Chun-Pak Chuu, who started playing together in March, will take on Japanese Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata in today’s quarter-finals.
Saeki-Taohata, the world No. 81, were too strong for Malaysian qualifiers Tai An Khang-Woon Mun Choon, winning 21-16, 21-12 in just 29 minutes.
Back-up shuttlers Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi also crashed out after losing 19-21, 14-21 to China’s Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen.
In the men’s singles, Goh Soon Huat failed to stop resurgent five-time world champion Lin Dan. The Chinese superstar, already a three-time winner on the Tour, won 21-16, 21-16 to set up a last-eight showdown with Hong Kong’s Tam Chun Hei.
Tan Chun Seang, the other Malaysian representative, put up a good fight before losing 19-21, 21-19, 12-21 to Japan’s Riichi Takeshita.
In the women’s doubles, Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho also bit the dust after losing 22-24, 19-21 to fifth seeds Tang Yuanting-Huang Yaqiong of China.