Scratch pair Boon Heong-Wee Kiong in the quarters of Indonesian Open


PETALING JAYA: The men’s doubles scratch combination of Tan Boon Heong-Tan Wee Kiong proved to be a real deal thus far as they continued their fine performance to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Indonesian Open in Jakarta.

After dumping world No. 15 Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand in the opening round on Wednesday, they maintained their 100% record as a pair by beating homesters Berry Angriawan-Ricky Karanda Suwardi 18-21, 21-18, 21-17 in 56 minutes. 

The other two Malaysians pairs – Goh V-Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Hoon Thien How-Ow Yao Han – were shown the exit in the first round. 

Boon Heong-Wee Kiong first played together at last month’s Thomas Cup group tie against Germany where they delivered a point with a win over world No. 23 Johannes Schoettler-Michael Fuchs.  

Boon Heong has been without a partner after Koo Kien Keat’s departure from the national team. 

Wee Kiong, on the other hand, is ranked at world No. 7 with Thien How. But they have only one Grand Prix Gold title to show from their Macau Open triumph last year. 

“We don’t know what the future holds for us as we’ve not been told anything on whether we would be a permanent pair or otherwise by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM),” said Wee Kiong. 

“There are lots of things to work on ... we have a different style of play and things like that. We will go separate ways once more for next week’s Australian Open as I’ll partner (Goh) V-Shem and Boon Heong with Thien How. 

“But it’s really amazing how we have come this far despite this being our first tournament together. Now that we are in the quarters, we will try our very best to make it a memorable outing,” added Wee Kiong. 

Boon Heong-Wee Kiong will face world No. 4 Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea today for a place in the last four. 

In the men’s singles, world No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei thrashed Frenchman Brice Leverdez 21-4, 21-16 to reach the last eight. 

But it was the end of the road for Chong Wei Feng, who lost 21-18, 21-15 to Japanese fourth seed Kenichi Tago. 

Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s singles also came to an end with the elimination of Tee Jing Yi and Yang Li Lian. 

Li Lian lost 21-11, 17-21, 21-8 to world No. 5 Bae Yeon-ju of South Korea while Jing Yi gave reigning world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand a run for her money before losing 21-10, 26-24.

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