Izzuddin-Sze Fei plot downfall of China’s world No. 3 pair in semis

  • Badminton
  • Saturday, 02 Nov 2019

Confident: Malaysian men’s doubles pair Goh Sze Fei (left) and Nur Izzudin are optimistic about pulling off a win over China’s Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen in the semi-finals of the Macau Open.

PETALING JAYA: It may sound ambitious, but men’s doubles pair Nur Izzuddin Rumsani-Goh Sze Fei are out to upstage world No. 3 Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China to reach their first World Tour final at the Macau Open.

The world No. 28 continued their fine run in the tournament this week, booking their spot in the last four by defeating world No. 17 Yang Po-han-Lu Ching-yao of Taiwan 21-12, 21-16 yesterday.

Earlier, Izzuddin-Sze Fei had beaten Lam Wai Lok-Li Kuen Hon of Hong Kong 21-14, 21-17 and Na Sung-seung-Wang Chan of South Korea 21-17, 21-23, 21-17 in the first and second hurdles respectively.

It will be their third semi-final outing on the World Tour this season after the Thailand Masters in January and German Open in March.

And they are looking to go one better this time.

“We came to Macau with just one target – to try and win the title,” said Izzuddin.

“It’s been so far, so good for us and we’re all ready to take on Junhui-Yuchen tomorrow.

“They are the overwhelming favourites, but we don’t fear them. In order to become champions, you just have to overcome whoever your opponents are.”

Izzuddin-Sze Fei’s previous best career achievement was emerging as runners-up at the 2017 Malaysian Masters.

Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See also made it to the last four in the mixed doubles competition after defeating Lin Yong-sheng-Lin Wan-ching of Taiwan 14-21, 21-18, 21-13.

They will be bidding to reach their second final of the season when they face sixth seeds Wang Chi-lin-Cheng Chi-ya, also of Taiwan today.

Pang Ron-Yee See had won the Hyderabad Open earlier in August.

Men’s singles shuttlers Soong Joo Ven, Cheam June Wei and Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin failed to make it past the first round.

Joo Ven was beaten 21-17, 8-21, 11-21 by Thailand’s Sitthikorn Thammasin while June Wei lost 16-21, 16-21 to Lee Dong-keun of South Korea.

Aidil, the youngest member among the trio, gave a good account of himself when he stretched Frenchman Brice Leverdez before going down 13-21, 21-14, 10-21.

Former internationals Liew Daren, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Soo Teck Zhi also failed to clear their first hurdles.

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