PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Tan Boon Heong has taken one step closer to winning his first Open title with Indonesia partner Hendra Setiawan.
Yesterday, Boon Heong-Hendra were on fire as they demolished Malaysia’s Mohd Hafiz Hashim-Mohd Razif Abdul Latif 21-14, 21-14 in 20 minutes in the men’s doubles second round at the China Masters in Changzhou.
The unseeded Boon Heong-Hendra will take on fourth seeds Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan of China in the quarter-finals and it’s their best chance to show the world that they mean business after a string of poor results.
Since teaming up in January, Boon Heong-Hendra’s best showing in six tournaments was a quarter-final appearance in their debut at the Syed Modi International in Hyderabad, India.
There was also joy for national back-up shuttlers Chooi Kah Ming-Low Juan Shen as they lived up to their billing to reach the quarter-finals.
Seventh seeds Kah Ming-Juan Shen faced little resistance in their 21-11, 21-18 win over Taiwan’s Lin Shang-kai-Yang Po-hsuan.
The world No. 36 will take on the winners of the all-Taiwanese second-round clash between top seeds Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin and unseeded Lee Chia-hsin-Tsai Chia-hsin for a place in the semi-finals.
National coach Rosman Razak was pleased with Kah Ming-Juan Shen’s tactical game.
“It was a good performance. We discussed about a specific game plan before the match and they executed it accordingly,” said Rosman.
“We hope they’ll take their chances well and go for an upset win in the quarter-finals,” he added.
Meanwhile, recently-crowned Malaysian Open champion Lin Dan of China cruised into the men’s singles quarter-finals with a 21-14, 21-14 win over youngster Zhou Yeqi of China.
The top seed next takes on fifth seed Hsu Jen-hao of Taiwan.
If Lin Dan goes all the way to win the title, he is almost assured of qualifying for the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August.