PETALING JAYA: Two Malaysian men singles shuttlers – Soong Joo Ven and Cheam June Wei – marched into the last eight of the Dutch Open in Almere, Holland.
Joo Ven outclassed Austria’s Luka Wraber 21-14, 21-18 in the third round on Wednesday to seal his quarter-final spot. On Tuesday, he overcame a first game loss to Ukraine’s Artem Pochtarov before winning 18-21, 21-15, 21-15.
The 23-year-old will now battle for a semi-final spot against seventh seed Pablo Abian of Spain.
June Wei also showed his dominance in the second round to defeat Luxembourg’s Robert Mann 21-13, 21-10 before ousting Milan Dratva of Russia packing 21-18, 21-18 in a closely fought third-round match.
The 21-year-old faces world No. 59 Dey Subhankar of India in the quarter-finals.
Tan Jia Wei failed to progress from the second round as he was humbled by England’s Toby Penty 21-15, 21-18.
In the women’s doubles, seventh seeds Lim Chiew Sien-Tan Sueh Jeou couldn’t even make it past the first round as they were sent out by unseeded German pair Linda Efler-Isabel Herttrich 21-17, 21-15.