PETALING JAYA: National women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei turned boos into cheers with a sterling display to pack off home favourite and world No. 2 Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polli in the quarter-finals of the Indonesian Open in Jakarta.
Vivian-Khe Wei, the world No. 20, exacted sweet revenge on the same opponents who beat them at the Asian Badminton Championships in April, with a comprehensive 21-17, 21-19 victory at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno on Thursday.
Vivian said she and Khe Wei were so fired up to win because the home fans were booing them relentlessly from their very first round match on Wednesday.
“It feels great to leave the court as the winners for second day in a row,” said Vivian.
“We were getting the boos the moment we entered the stadium. They have been doing that since Wednesday (in their first-round win against Indonesia’s Della Destiara Haris-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari).
“So the two wins against the Indonesians gave us extra satisfaction. But you have got to credit the Indonesian fans. They supported their players wholeheartedly, cheering for them even when they were losing.”
Vivian-Khe Wei will face yet another Indonesian hurdle – world No.23 Anggia Shitta Awanda-Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut – in their bid to reach their first-ever semi-final of a Superseries Premier event.
Anggia-Mahadewi are through after stunning world No. 6 Jung Kyung-eun-Shin Seung-chan of South Korea 21-19, 19-21, 21-19. Vivian-Khe Wei have emerged victorious against the Indonesians in their two past encounters.
Also reaching the last eight of the US$900,000 (RM3.7mil) tournament were Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong after they saved four game point from 16-20 down in the second game to clinch a hard-fought 22-20, 22-20 win over compatriot Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.
The world No. 14 will fancy their chances against next opponents Chai Biao-Hong Wei of China on Friday, having defeated the world No. 6 in their last two meetings at the All England and German Open in March.
Five-time champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, as expected, had little trouble ousting Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-10, 21-13 to set up a meeting with Wang Zhengming of China. Chong Wei, the world No. 2, boast a 100% record against Zhengming, winning all their 16 ties to date.
Local Jonatan Christie reaffirmed his status as the rising star of the world badminton as he shown five-time world champion Lin Dan of China the exit with a convincing 21-12, 21-12 win.
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