PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie continue to show that they are one of the more consistent pairs in the national team.
Soon Huat-Shevon exacted sweet revenge over Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-14, 18-21, 23-21 in the German Open in Mulheim on Friday to make their third semi-final appearance this season.
The duo, who were the semi-finalists at the Masters in Malaysia and Indonesia last month, lost to the Thais in the gold-medal match at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August last year.
World No. 10 Soon Huat-Shevon will take on Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung of South Korea for a place in the final.
Soon Huat was delighted with their consistent showing.
“Shevon and I are happy to reach our third semi-finals this year.
“We’re taking a step at a time and are satisfied with the progress,” said Soon Huat.
Soon Huat-Shevon will be joined by Rio Olympic Games silver medal winners Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong in the semi-finals.
V Shem-Wee Kiong had it much easier when their opponents Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark retired after trailing 19-21, 7-13 in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.
The former world No. 1 pair meet Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko of Japan next and the match can go either way based on their past records.
The Malaysians defeated the Japanese pair at the 2015 Swiss Open but lost to them at the 2016 Australian Open.
Men’s singles: Kenta Nishimoto (Jpn) bt Jonatan Christie (Ina) 21-10, 22-20; Shi Yuqi (Chn) bt Anthony Ginting (Ina) 21-17, 18-21, 21-18; Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) bt Lin Dan (Chn) 21-16, 22-20; Chou Tienchen (Tpe) bt Kento Momota (Jpn) 21-15, 14-21, 21-10.
Men’s doubles: Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Lee Jhe-hueiLee-yang (Tpe) 21-13, 22-20; Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) bt Liao Min-chun-Su Ching-heng (Tpe) 21-19, 21-19; Fajar Alfian-Muhd Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Kim Won-ho-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) 21-16, 21-16; Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) bt Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den) 21-19, 13-7, rtd.
Women’s singles: Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Chiang Mei Hui (Tpe) 21-13, 21-16; Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt Saena Kawakami (Jpn) 18-21, 21-16, 21-11; Nitchaon Jindapol (Tha) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-12, 21-17; Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Zhang Beiwen (US) 21-17, 21-13.
Women’s doubles: Chang Ye-na-Kim Hye-rin (Kor) bt Chen QingchenJia Yifan (Chn) 21-19, 21-13; Huang Dongping-Yu Zheng (Chn) bt Chae Yoo-jung-Jung Kyung-eun (Kor) 21-19, 21-12; Gabriela StoevaStefani Stoeva (Bul) bt Jongkolphan-Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) 21-11, 21-9; Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) bt Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen (Den) 21-11, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Niclas Nohr-Sara Thygesen (Den) bt Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina) 17-21, 24-22, 21-16; Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (Mas) bt Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) 21-14, 18-21, 23-21; He Jiting-Du Yue (Chn) bt Tinn Isriyanet-Pacharapoun Chochuwong (Tha) 21-13, 21-10; Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung (Kor) bt Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith (Eng) 21-13, 21-15.