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Friday May 3, 2013

Back-up shuttlers come to the rescue as Daren crashes out

Giant-killer: Goh Soon Huat defeated Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit to enter the
semi-finals. — FAIHAN GHANI / The Star Giant-killer: Goh Soon Huat defeated Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit to enter the semi-finals. — FAIHAN GHANI / The Star

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Malaysia when local hope Liew Daren crashed out while back-up shuttlers Goh Soon Huat and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin assured the hosts a place in the men’s singles final.

The 25-year-old Daren was sent packing 10-21, 20-22 by Chen Yuekun of China in the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

Daren had a chance to turn things around towards the end of the second game but a hasty return at 20-21 saw the 23-year-old Chinese thrilled to bits at setting up a date with Indonesian Alamsyah Yunus in the semi-finals today.

“This was my first meeting against him. I couldn’t follow him in the first game and made lots of mistakes. I regained my momentum in the second game but did not have a good finishing,” said Daren.

While Daren was downcast, national coach Hendrawan’s charges – Soon Huat and Iskandar – were jumping for joy after finally achieving breakthrough results.

The 23-year-old Soon Huat, ranked 71st in the world, dumped seventh seed and All-England semi-finalist Tanongsak Saensom-boonsuk of Thailand 21-18, 21-13 in the third round and followed it up with another superb 21-17, 21-15 win over Chan Yan Kit in the last eight.

“I grew confident after beating Tanongsak. The Thai is a strong attacking player but I’m good in defence. Today, I was able to rattle him,” said Soon Huat.

“I lost narrowly to Chan in the German Open but this time I was better prepared. To beat two higher ranked players in a day for the first time is certainly an achievement for me.”

Soon Huat was glad that all the hard work he has put in over the last four years under Hendrawan has paid off.

“I’ve cried in pain after tough trainings and there have been frustrating moments after all the early knockouts all these years. Finally, there is a breakthrough ... hopefully, this will be the start of better things to come,” he said.

“I’ll be up against team-mate Iskandar for the first time in an international tournament and I reckon it’ll be a close affair as we know each other so well.”

Iskandar, who had beaten Lee Dong-keun of South Korea 21-12, 15-21, 21-19 in the third round and India’s R.M.V. Gurusaidutt by default yesterday, was thrilled with his exploits.

Gurusaidutt was trailing 19-21, 2-5 when he conceded a walkover due to an injury.

“I’ve never reached the quarter-final of an Open tournament before. The win against the Korean was the turning point for me,” said former World Junior runner-up Iskandar.

“I am happy that Soon Huat and I have assured a ticket for Malaysia in the final. It can be anyone’s game tomorrow (today).”

Malaysia are also assured a place in the men’s doubles final when top pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong set up a last four clash against former internationals Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari.

Malaysia’s interest in the women’s doubles is still alive when Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo defeated Fu Mingtian-Shinta Mulia Sari of Singapore 21-15, 21-17 to set up a meeting with top seeds Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta of Indonesia.


(Malaysians unless stated)


Third round: Chen Yuekun (Chn) bt Beryno Wong Jiann Tze 21-6, 21-7; R.M.V. Gurusaidutt (Ind) bt Riichi Takeshita (Jpn) 21-19, 21-16; Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin bt Lee Dong-keun (Kor) 21-12, 15-21, 21-19; Liew Daren bt K. Srikanth (Ind) 21-17, 22-20; Alamsyah Yunus (Ina) bt Chan Kwong Beng 21-16, 21-16; Wei Nan (Hkg) bt Derek Wong Zi Liang (Sin) 21-15, 21-16; Goh Soon Huat bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) 21-18, 21-13; Chan Yan Kit (Hkg) bt Sameer Varma (Ind) 21-15, 21-19.

Quarter-finals: Goh Soon Huat bt Chan Yan Kit (Hkg) 21-17, 21-18; Chen Yuekun (Chn) bt Daren Liew 21-10, 22-20; Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin bt R.M.V. Gurusaidutt (Ind) 21-19, 5-2 rtd; Alamsyah Yunus (Ina) bt Wei Nan (Hkg) 21-18, 15-21, 22-20.


Second round: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bt Ronald Alexander-Selvanus Geh (Ina) 21-16, 21-11; Bodin Issara-Pakkawat Vilailak (Tha) bt Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) 21-17, 21-18; Andrei Adistia-Gideon Markus Fernaldi (Ina) bt Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han 21-19, 21-17; Alven Yulianto-Markis Kido (Ina) bt Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech (Tha) 21-18, 22-20;

Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari bt Hardi Hardianto-Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra (Ina) 22-20, 21-16; Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah bt Terry Hee-Terry Yeo Zhao Jiang (Sin) 21-15, 22-20; Chow Pak Chuu-Tan Bin Shen bt Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock 21-17, 24-22; Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong bt Chen Zhuofu-Kai Lu (Chn) 21-16, 21-19.

Quarter-finals: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bt Bodin Isara-Pakkawat Vlailak (Tha) 21-16, 21-7; Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari bt Chow Pak Chu-Tan Bin Shen 25-27, 21-12, 21-12; Alven Yulianto-Markis Kido (Ina) bt Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong 21-15, 21-11; Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem bt Andrei Adistia-Gideon Markus Fernaldi (Ina) 14-21, 21-19, 21-18.


Second round: Hera Desi (Ina) bt Lydia Cheah 21-12, 21-17; Gu Juan (Sin) bt Maria Febe Kusumastuti (Ina) 21-17, 10-21, 21-18; Busanan Ongbumrungpan (Tha) bt Sarita Suwannakitborihan (Tha) 21-13, 21-11; Aya Ohori (Jpn) bt Nichaon Jindapon (Tha) 21-10, 21-19;

Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Yao Xue (Chn) 12-21, 21-15, 21-14; Tee Jing Yi bt Xing Aiying (Sin) 21-12, 21-17; Kana Ito (Jpn) bt Liang Xiaoyu (Chn) 21-16, 14-21, 21-12; P.V. Sindhu (Ind) bt Cheung Ngan Yi (Hkg) 11-21, 21-18, 21-10.

Quarter-finals: P. V. Sindhu (Ind) bt Hera Desi (Ina) 21-17, 21-17; Busanan Ongbumrungpan (Tha) bt Kana Ito (Jpn) 21-18, 21-12; Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Tee Jing Yi 22-20, 21-13; Gu Jun (Sin) bt Aya Ohori (Jpn) 15-21, 21-18, 21-19.


Second round: Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Shella Devi Aulia-Khairunnisa Imma Muthiah (Ina) 21-18, 21-19; Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) bt Payee Lim Peiy Yee-Lim Zhean Peiy 21-3, 21-6; Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Soyoka Yamaguchi-Saya Yamamoto (Jpn) 21-9, 12-21, 21-14; Melati Daeva Oktaviani-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (Ina) bt Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho 22-20, 21-17;

Vanessa Neo Yu Yan-Yao Lei (Sin) bt Gu Juan-Liang Xiaoyu (Sin) 21-15, 21-10; Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo bt Luo Yu-Yaqiang Huang (Chn) 21-11, 13-21, 21-12; Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei bt Chochuwong Pornpawee-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) 21-11, 21-13; Fu Mingtian-Shinta Mulia Sari (Sin) bt Serithammarak Artima-Peeraya Munkitamorn (Tha) 21-14, 21-17.

Quarter-finals: Vanessa New Yu Yan-Yao Lei (Sin) bt Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei 21-13, 13-21, 21-19; Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) bt Chow Mei Kan-Lee Meng Yean 21-13, 21-18; Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo bt Fu Mingtian-Shinta Mulia Sari 21-15, 21-17; Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Melati Daeva Oktaviani-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (Ina) 24-22, 21-9.

*Mixed doubles

Quarter-finals: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Kai Lu-Luo Yu (Chn) 21-12, 21-19; Praveen Jordan-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle Wijaja (Ina) 21-17, 21-16; Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella (Ina) bt Lukhi Apri Nughoro-Annisa Saufika (Ina) 21-19, 23-25, 21-15; Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing bt Chan Yun Lung-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 25-27, 21-16, 21-18.


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