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Saturday October 15, 2005

Mohd Fairuzizuan-Sock Ai make mixed doubles semi-finals


MAASPOORT (Holland): Malaysia’s mixed doubles pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Ooi Sock Ai sprang a big surprise when they stormed into the semi-finals of the Dutch Open badminton championships here yesterday. 

The Malaysian pair, however, had to fight back from the brink of defeat to send top-seeded English pair Anthony Clark-Donna Kellogg packing in the quarter-finals. 

The unseeded Malaysians were down 9-13 in the rubber game but came back strongly to claim six unanswered points. 

The 15-13, 4-15, 15-13 upset win gave the Malaysians a place in the semi-finals against fourth seeds Ingo Kindervater-Katrin Piotrowski today. 

SMASHING FORM: Chin Eei Hui (left) and Wong Pei Tty lived up to their top billing when they moved into the women’s doubles quarter-finals in the Dutch Open on Thursday.
Malaysia also have two pairs each in contention in the men’s and women’s doubles quarter-finals. 

Women’s doubles top seeds Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty overcame stiff resistance from Dutch pair Brenda Beenhakker-Judith Beenhakker to win 15-12, 17-14 while Sock Ai-Mooi Hing Yau defeated Lindsay Smith-Tammy Sun of Canada 15-6, 15-2 on Thursday. 

Malaysia’s men’s doubles pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan-Lin Woon Fui joined compatriots Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah in the last eight with a fighting 15-7, 13-15, 15-10 win over Canadian pair Mike Beres-William Milroy in their second round encounter on Thursday.  

Tan Fook-Wan Wah had advanced to the quarter-finals after their opponents conceded a walkover. 

Malaysia also have a chance in the men’s singles competition as Mohd Hafiz Hashim cruised into the quarter-finals with a 15-4, 15-4 win over India’s Arvind Bhat in the third round. 

Hafiz was scheduled to take on Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen in the last eight last night. 

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