PETALING JAYA: Malaysian top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying missed out on a glorious chance to snap their four-match losing streak to world No. 2 Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping as they made a quarter-final exit at the Fuzhou China Open.
The world No. 6 Peng Soon-Liu Ying squandered a commanding 19-16 lead before throwing away two match points at 21-20 and 22-21 in the rubber game to go down 21-18,13-21,22-24 to their arch-rivals in the nail-biting contest that last 85 minutes on Friday (Nov 8).
Still, Malaysia will be represented in the last four on Saturday (Nov 9) after Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik both secured their spots earlier in the day in their respective men's doubles and mixed doubles matches.
World No. 14 Aaron-Wooi Yik scored a sensational 21-13,22-20 win over reigning world champions and second seeds Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan for their first win in five meetings against the Indonesians.
World No. 11 Soon Huat-Shevon Lai, too, upset the formbooks when they ousted fourth seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand 21-13,21-18.
Aaron-Wooi Yik will take on Japan's Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda for a place in the final while Soon Huat-Shevon face world No. 1 Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong of China.
It was, however, the end of the road for Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean in the women's doubles competition after they were beaten 15-21,14-21 by Japanese world No. 2 Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota.
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