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Friday April 27, 2012

Kim Her keeps high-flying Khim Wah-V Shem grounded

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s back-up pair of Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem put on an awesome show to reach the men’s doubles quarter-finals in the India Open at New Delhi but national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her does not want them to get overly excited just yet.

Khim Wah-V Shem dumped world No. 6 Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano of Indonesia 13-21, 21-19, 21-18 in the second round of the Super Series event yesterday for a timely boost ahead of the Thomas Cup Finals next month.

This is their second win over Indonesia’s top pair, having stunned them at the SEA Games in Jakarta last November.

Khim Wah-V Shem, the world No. 30, will take on Russians Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov for a place in the semi-finals of a Super Series event for the first time.

Smashing pair: Lim Khim Wah (right) and Goh V Shem stunned world No. 6 Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano of Indonesia 13-21, 21-19, 21-18 in the second round of the India Open yesterday.

Their seniors, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, also did well to reach the last eight after disposing of Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa 21-18, 21-18 to set up a meeting with Indonesia’s Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra.

The unseeded Indonesians made heads turn when they knocked out third seeds Chai Biao-Guo Zhengdong of China 14-21, 21-17, 21-14 in the second round.

Although thrilled with Khim Wah-V Shem’s sensational victory, Kim Her vowed to keep their feet firmly on the ground.

“They still have a long way to go. They are excited with the win but I don’t want them to celebrate just yet.

“I don’t want the same episode in the ABC (Asian Badminton Championships) to be repeated here,” said Kim Her.

In the ABC at Qingdao, Khim Wah-V Shem did well to upset world No. 9 Fang Chieh-min-Lee Sheng-mu of Taiwan in the last eight before crashing out to Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa a day later.

“The win against the Indonesians is a timely boost ahead of the Thomas Cup Finals. This shows that our second pair can play their roles in the team event if they really put their minds to it. They must ride on the momentum now,” said Kim Her.

He was also quite pleased with world No. 8 Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s convincing straight games win over Hiroyuki-Kenichi for the third consecutive time.

“They next play Angga-Ryan, a pair whom they lost to at the Axiata Cup last month. This is a good chance for them to gain revenge. They are in good form after the month-long solid training and I hope they will continue with their good showing,” said Kim Her.

In the men’s singles, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei dropped a game against Ajay Jayaram before storming into the quarter-finals with a 21-16, 15-21, 21-5 win. He will take on Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia. Chong Wei was the sole Malaysian singles survivor after two others — Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Chong Wei Feng — bit the dust.

Meanwhile, the mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying stayed on track to reaching their first Super Series final when they defeated Noriyasu Hirata-Miyuki Maeda of Japan 21-16, 21-13. They will take on Sudket Prapakamol-T. Saralee of Thailand.

Meanwhile, top doubles pair Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty failed to come good in the last tournament that offers valuable Olympic qualification points when they went down 16-21, 11-21 to second seeds Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa of Japan.

SECOND ROUND

Men’s singles: Hsu Jen-hao (Tpe) bt Vladimir Ivanov (Tpe) 21-10, 16-21, 22-20; Hans-Kristian Vittinghua (Den) bt Chong Wei Feng (Mas) 21-13, 8-21, 21-12; Shin Wan-ho (Kor) bt Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-13, 21-17; P. Kashyap (Ind) bt Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) 15-21, 21-14, 22-20; Chen Jin (Chn) bt Mohd Hafiz Hashim (Mas) 21-18, 21-15; Peter-Gade Christensen (Den) bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) 21-19, 22-20; Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Ajay Jayaram (Ind) 21-16, 15-21, 21-5; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Wang Zhengming (Chn) 16-21, 21-16, 21-11.

Men’s doubles: Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) bt Manish Gupta-Gaurav Venkat (Ind) 21-10, 21-9; Hong Wei-Shen Ye (Chn) bt Adam Cwalina-Michal Logosz (Pol) 21-10, 21-17; Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) bt Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Ina) 21-18, 21-18; Angga Pratama -Ryan Agung Saputra (Ina) bt Chai Biao-Guo Zhengdong (Chn) 14-21, 21-17, 21-14; Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem (Mas) bt Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano (Ina) 13-21, 21-19, 21-18; Rupesh Kumar-Thomas Sanave (Ind) bt Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang (Kor) 21-18, 18-21, 21-19; Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit (Tha) bt Patipat Chalradchaleam-Nipitphon Puangpuapech (Tha) 21-19, 21-19; Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) bt Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan (Ina) 21-14, 21-18.

* Matches involving Malaysians in other events

Women’s doubles: Ha Jung-eun-Kim Min-jung (Kor) bt Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo 21-13, 21-19; Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa (Jpn) bt Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty 21-16, 21-11.

Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Noriyasu Hirata-Miyuki Maeda (Jpn) 21-16, 21-13.

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