WORLD junior doubles champions Hoon Thien How and Tan Boon Heong were bundled out in the quarter-finals by unseeded Khoo Chung Chiat and Mohd Razif Abdul Latif in the Magnum ABC-Malaysia Sate-llite badminton championships on Thursday night.
Seeded 3-4, the highly-touted pair was expected to be a draw card of the tournament held at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium in Jalan Suka Menanti, Alor Star, but they failed to live up to expectations.
Thien How and Boon Heong combined effectively to take the first game 15-13 and went into a 3-0 lead in the second game despite a strong showing by Chung Chiat and Razif.
That was as far as they managed as their game fell apart when Chung Chiat and Razif exerted pressure on their opponents by returning everything that was thrown at them.
Riding on their opponents' errors, Chung Chiat and Razif took eight straight points to lead 8-3 before Thien How and Boon Heong recovered to score six straight points to lead by 9-8.
However, Chung Chiat and Razif were not to be cowed as they raced to win the second game 15-12 to force the rubber.
The rubber was a repeat of the second game as Chung Chiat-Razif overcame a 0-5 deficit to race to 13-5 and close the match at 15-8 in 53 minutes.
Chung Chiat and Mohd Razif will take on second seeds Joko Riyadi and Hendra Aprida of Indonesia who had an easy 15-4, 15-9 outing against South Korea's Shon Seung-mo and Lee Jee-jin in the other quarter-final.
Top seeds Gan Teik Chai and Zakry Latif scored their third straight game victory of 15-6, 15-4 over Chang Peng Soon and Chong Hun Pin (Mas) in another quarter-final.
Their semi-final opponents will be Indonesians Yoga Ukikasah and Yonathan Suryatama Dusuki.
Teik Chai is in line for a double when he teamed up with Fong Chew Yen to qualify for the mixed doubles final last night.
The duo, who were champions in 2003 and second seeded in this tournament, downed fellow Malay-sians Ruben Gordown-Wong Wai See 15-3, 15-13 in 40 minutes.
Teik Chai-Chew Yen will face the Korean pair of Lee Jae-jin and Kim Jin-ok in the final tonight.
The Koreans outclassed the Japanese combination of Kenichi Hayakawa and Megumi Tarno 15-7, 15-4 in 30 minutes.
In the men's singles, Seung-mo, Athens Olympics silver medallist, put up another polished display to send Malaysia's Liew Daren packing with a 15-5, 15-2 win in the quarter-finals.
Seung-mo, currently South Korea's third ranked player, will take on Jeffer Rosobin of Indonesia in the semi-final.
The other-semi-final will fea-ture another Indonesian, Markus Wijanu and Malaysia's K. Yogen-dran.
Markus beat Mohd Arif Latif by 15-8, 15-13 while Yogendran defeated Andre Kurniawan of Indonesia by 15-12, 15-13 in their respective quarter-final matches.
Meanwhile, South Korea's Bae Seung-hee created an upset in the women's singles when she beat top Silvi Antarini of Indonesia by 11-8, 11-5 in the second round.
Seung-hee defeated another Indonesian Wiwis Meilynna 11-8, 11-5 in the quarter-finals and is poised for a show down against her country lass Kang Joo-young in the semi-finals.
Second seed Pia Zebadiah of Indonesia came back from the brink of defeat to overcome an- other South Korean Lee Seuo-gi 11-5, 4-11, 11-6 in another quarter-final match.
She plays Lydia Cheah Li-Ya of Malaysia in the semi-finals.
South Korea have two pairs in the women's semi-finals.
Kang Joo-young and Lee Seuo-gi, who beat Nitya Maheswara and Nadya Melati (Indonesia) in three games of 15-4, 8-15, 15-10, will face Malaysia's top seeded pair of Chew Yen and See Phui Leng in one semi-final.
The other match is bet- ween Jin-ok and Sueng-hee and Purwati and Melliana Jauhari of Indonesia.