PETALING JAYA: Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying raised cheers for Malaysia after both pairs checked into the mixed doubles quarter-finals at the Japan Open.
Soon Huat-Shevon, currently the national No. 2 pairing, overcame China’s He Jiting-Du Yue 21-13, 23-21 in a second-round clash in Tokyo yesterday.
Soon Huat-Shevon, ranked sixth in the world, will take on Chinese second seeds Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping for a place in the semi-finals today.
The Chinese pair beat Taiwan’s Wang Chi-lin-Lee Chia-hsin 21-8, 21-8 earlier.
Rio Olympics silver medallists Peng Soon-Liu Ying chalked up a 21-16, 21-16 win over Indian pair Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Reddy N. Sikki.
The unseeded Peng Soon-Liu Ying will take on Indonesians Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavia in the last eight today.
The Indonesian pair beat Chris Adcock-Gabriellle Adcock 23-21, 21-18 in the second round earlier and will enjoy a psychological edge over Peng Soon-Liu Ying.
Jordan-Oktavia beat Peng Soon-Liu Ying at the India Open in January and the German Open in March this year.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who won the mixed doubles title back in 2012, together with Soon Huat-Shevon, are the only Malaysian shuttlers remaining following the exits of men’s doubles pairs Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and independent combination Abdul Latif-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub.
National No. 1 mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing were eliminated from the tournament after they lost 9-21, 18-21 to China’s fifth seeds Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui yesterday.