KUALA LUMPUR: Independent shuttlers Lim Khim Wah-Hoon Thien How prevented a whitewash for Malaysia in the New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold with a stunning show.
Khim Wah-Thien How dumped China Masters champions Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China 21-15, 14-21, 21-19 in 50 minutes to reach the men’s doubles semi-finals venue and place yesterday.
They will take on unseeded Fajar Alfian-Muhd Rian Ardianto of Indonesia for a place in the final.
They were the only Malaysians standing after the others fell like tenpins.
Malaysia’s top men’s pair of Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong were toothless against Indonesia’s Markis Kido-Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra, losing their quarter-final clash 20-22, 13-21 in just 27 minutes.
It was also the end of the road in the men's singles with the tame exits of Goh Soon Huat and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif.
Soon Huat lost 18-21, 13-21 to Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana while SEA Games-bound Arif went down 21-15, 21-16 to Qiao Bin of China.
Khim Wah was delighted to keep the Malaysian flag flying high.
The New Zealand Open is only their second tournament together since they quit the national team last month. Khim Wah-Thien How train under coach Rosman Razak at the Sports Affairs professional club.
“Thien How and I are getting better. We reached the quarter-finals at the China Masters recently and, today, we managed to upset the China Masters champions,” said Khim Wah.
“This is a good way to justify the faith our sponsors – Protech, Agromate, M101 – have in us. Our challenge is not over yet ... we’re wary of the Indonesian youngsters.”
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