KUALA LUMPUR: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying silenced the vociferous home fans at Istora Senayan by snuffing out their only local hope in the mixed doubles to reach the Indonesian Open semi-finals in Jakarta.
The independent pair battled their way against the 2016 Rio Olympic Games champion Tontowi Ahmad and his new partner Winny Oktavina Kandow for a 21-11, 14-21, 21-14 win in the quarter-finals yesterday.
There was no better way to settle the score against the Indonesian pair in their own backyard as Peng Soon-Liu Ying had lost to them 15-21, 21-16, 21-23 in the second round of the All-England in March.
The world No. 5 face world No. 2 Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping of China for a place in the final. Yilyu-Dongping prevented an all-Malaysian semi-finals by beating Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie 21-4, 21-15.
Liu Ying was thrilled to keep their good run in the Indonesian Open alive.
Liu Ying and Peng Soon reached the final last year before going down fighting to defending champions Tontowi and Lilyana Natsir.
“It was a very tough match although their partnership is still new. They are a strong pair,” said Liu Ying.
“The deciding game was the toughest as there were more rallies but I’m just glad we came through.”
Peng Soon said: “We controlled the pace of the game in the first game but they changed their strategy in the second. It broke our rhythm and tempo.”
“It was close in the third game but they relaxed after the interval and it gave us the chance to take control of the match all the way.”
Peng Soon is expecting a close duel against Yilyu-Dongping as both pairs have a 2-2 record.
The Malaysians have won their first two meetings at the 2017 All-England and last year’s Indonesian Open quarter-finals but they have lost the last two encounters at the 2018 World Tour Finals and this year’s Malaysian Open.
“The defeat at the Malaysian Open was very close (19-21, 21-16, 25-27). We lost by two points in the quarter-finals,” said Peng Soon.
“Hopefully, this time, we will get the better of them,” added Peng Soon, who has won two titles with Liu Ying so far this year at the New Zealand Open in May and the Australian Open in June.
Men’s singles: Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) bt Huang Yuxiang (Chn) 21-10, 21-17; Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt Jonatan Christie (Ina) 16-21, 21-18, 21-14.
Men’s doubles: Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt He Jiting-Tan Qiang (Chn) 21-17, 21-12; Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) 21-15, 9-21, 22-20.
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) 21-18, 16-21, 21-12.
Women’s doubles: Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) bt Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn) 21-13, 21-11; Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) 21-17, 21-9.
Mixed doubles: Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith (Eng) 21-12, 21-13; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) bt Tontowi Ahmad-Winny Oktavina Kandow (Ina) 21-11, 14-21, 21-14; Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (Mas) 21-4, 21-15.