PETALING JAYA: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong was brought down to earth at the Mexico City Grand Prix.
The Malaysian No. 1’s bid for back-to-back crowns came undone as they were beaten 19-21, 18-21 by Bodin Issara-Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand in the men’s doubles semi-finals on Saturday.
V Shem-Wee Kiong were winners of last week's US Grand Prix. It was their first Open crown since they were paired up last year.
Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s doubles also come to an end as Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei went down 21-16, 23-21 to Japanese Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito.
Goh Liu Ying-Chan Peng Soon provided the only cheer of the day as they whipped Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vannesa Neo 21-14, 21-13 to reach the final.
The Malaysian No. 1 mixed doubles pair will meet South Korea’s Choi Sol-gyu-Eom Hye-won for the title. The Koreans were stretched to the limit by Sweden’s Nico Ruponen-Amanda Hogstrom before winning 21-15, 18-21, 21-13.
Sol-gyu-Hye-won, the world No. 14, defeated Liu Ying-Peng Soon in the quarter-finals en route to last week’s US Grand Prix crown.
Liu Ying, 26, said they would be out for revenge.
“We used the wrong tactics and let the Koreans controlled the game in US. We need to be more attack minded to win this time.
“It has been an exhausting trip for us, travelling all the way here to win precious Olympic ranking points. So, we need to concentrate and make the trip worthwhile,” added Liu Ying.
Men’s singles: Pannawit Thongnuam (Tha) bt Artem Pochtarev (Ukr) 21-16, 16-21, 21-17; Lee Dong-keun (Kor) bt Sho Sasaki (Jpn) 21-18, 11-21, 21-15.
Men’s doubles: Bodin Issara-Nipitphon Puangpuapech (Tha) bt Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 21-19, 21-18; Manu Attri-B. Sumeeth Reddy (Ind) bt Puavaranukroh Dechapol-Kedren Kittinupong (Tha) 22-24, 21-15, 21-8.
Women’s singles: Bae Yeon-ju (Kor) bt Natalia Perminova (Rus) 17-21, 21-12, 21-17; Sayaka Sato (Jpn) bt Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Tha) 21-13, 21-17.
Women’s doubles: Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (Jpn) bt Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) 21-16, 23-21; Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) 21-16, 23-21.
Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) bt Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo (Sin) 21-14, 21-13; Choi Sol-gyu-Eom Hye-won (Kor) bt Nico Ruponen-Amanda Hogstrom (Swe) 21-15, 18-21, 21-13.