PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See continued their strong run to reach the quarter-finals of the Macau Open.
The youngsters kept their cool to come out on top against Thai pair Tanupat Viriyangkura-Kwanchanok Sudjaipraparat 22-20, 21-17 in a nervy second-round battle yesterday.
It was another strong performance as they had stunned Hong Kong’s third-seeded pair Chang Tak Ching-Ng Wing Yung to send them packing early on in the first round.
Pang Ron-Yee See showed determination as they came from a game down before outclassing the world No. 30 pair in the third set as they won 19-21, 21-18, 21-10.
The duo will now face another stern test against Indonesia’s world No. 40 pair Ronald Ronald-Annisa Saufika for a place in the last four.
Pang Ron-Yee See are Malaysia’s only mixed doubles pair left in the tournament after Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei were ousted by Hong Kong’s Mak Hee Chun-Yeung Nga Ting 21-8, 21-17.
In the women’s singles, world No. 32 Soniia Cheah stepped up in a tight match to defeat South Korea’s Sim Yu-jin 21-16, 21-19.
She is Malaysia’s only women’s singles player left after Lee Ying Ying went down 21-19, 21-13 against third seed Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong.
Soniia and world No. 24 Ngan Yi will face off in the quarter-finals. The last time the two met was more than a year ago, with Soniia coming out the victor.
There was more disappointment in the men’s singles as both Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Chong Wei Feng fell in the last 16.
Independent shuttler Wei Feng won the first game against China’s Zhao Junpeng but failed to kill off the match, bowing out 21-11, 19-21, 16-21.
Iskandar was beaten 18-21, 13-21 by another Chinese Lu Guangzu.
It was a different tale in the men’s doubles, as Arif Abdul Latif-Nur Azriyn Ayub did well to advance into the last eight by defeating South Korea’s Kim Jae-hwan-Park Kyung-hoon 21-19, 21-13.
Arif-Azriyn will now need to be at their best as they face another tough South Korean pair in former world champions Ko Sung-hyoon-Shin Baek-cheol.
Goh Se Fei-Nur Izzuddin failed to join their compatriots as they were knocked out after a gruelling battle against Taiwanese fifth seeds Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han.
After losing the first game, Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin fought back to take the second but fizzled out in third and went out 19-24, 21-19, 11-21.
Also crashing out were Chen Tang Jie-Man Wei Chong who lost to Taiwan’s world No. 4 Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin 16-21, 13-21.
SECOND ROUND RESULTS
(Malaysians only unless stated)
Men’s singles: Zhao Junpeng (Chn) bt Chong Wei Feng 11-21, 21-19, 21-16; Lu Guangzu (Chn) bt Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-18, 21-13.
Men’s doubles: Arif Abdul Latif-Nur Azriyn Ayub bt Kim Jaehwan-Park Kyung-hoon (Kor) 21-19, 21-13; Lee Sheng-mu-Yang Po-hsuan (Tpe) bt Kim Sa-rang (Kor)-Tan Boon Heong 21-15, 24- 22; Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han (Tpe) bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin 24-19, 19-21, 21-11; Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) bt Chen Tang Jie-Man Wei Chong 21-16, 21-13.
Women’s singles: Cheung Ngan Yi (Hkg) bt Lee Ying Ying 21-9, 21-19, Soniia Cheah bt Sim Yu-jin (Kor) 21-16, 21-19.
Women’s doubles: Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen bt Chang Ching Hui-Yang Ching Tun (Tpe) 21-14, 21-15.
Mixed doubles: Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See bt Tanupat Viriyangkura-Kwanchanok Sudjaipraparat (Tha) 22-20, 21-17; Mak Hee Chu-Yeung Nga Ting (Hkg) bt Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei 21-8, 21-17
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