Raising eyebrows

Stunning win: Ong Yew Sin (back) and Teo Ee Yi will play South Koreans Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open.

PETALING JAYA: After four first-round exits, national men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi set the courts alight with a stunning win over world No. 5 Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto at the Hong Kong Open, a day after the meet was rocked by the shock withdrawal of world champion Kento Momota of Japan.

The world No. 1 conceded a walkover to India’s K. Srikanth in the first round on Wednesday, leaving the meet with a weakened field.

The Malaysian pair, though, are now looking good to end a long semi-final drought. The world No. 20 took 40 minutes to take out the highly-ranked Indonesians 21-19,21-14 in the second round yesterday to book their place in the quarter-finals.It was Yew Sin-Ee Yi’s second win over the Korean Open champions after losing in their previous two meetings.

Their last victory over the Indonesians came at the All-England last year.

The win was the tonic they needed after having failed to clear the first round in their previous four outings.

“We always give our best and it is usually a very close fight even against the top pairs but it’s just that we don’t get the result that we want, ” said Yew Sin.

“Today (yesterday), we just kept focused on every point. We played well and are thankful for the win.”

They now have a chance for their first semi-final appearance since finishing runners-up at the Malaysian Masters in January.

But first, they will have to pull off another upset against South Korea’s world No. 13 Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae.

In the mixed doubles, world No. 8 Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie looked easy winners as they quickly took out Japanese pair Kohei Gondo-Ayane Kurihara 21-14,21-8 in 30 minutes.

They set up a difficult quarter-final rematch against Thai world No. 3 Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

It was only last week at the Fuzhou China Open that Soon Huat-Shevon ended their four-match losing streak to the Thai pair with a convincing 21-13,21-18 win in the quarter-finals. They will need nothing less than their best to get the better of the Thais again today.

Yew Sin-Ee Yi will be joined by their teammates and world No. 12 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, who also pulled up an upset when they defeated Danish world No. 9 Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 21-15,21-13 in 33 minutes.


First Round

Men’s singles: P. Kashyap (Ind) bt Kenta Nishimoto (Jpn) 21-18,16-21,21-10; Shi Yuqi (Chn) bt B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) 11-21,21-18,21-12; K. Srikanth (Ind) bt Kento Momota (Jpn) walkover; Lin Dan (Chn) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 22-24,21-17,21-16; Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) bt Sitthikom Thammasin (Tha) 21-14,21-16; Sourabh Verma (Ind) bt Brice Leverdez (Fra) 21-11,21-15; Jan O Jorgensen (Den) bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) 22-20,14-21,21-7; Anders Antonsen (Den) bt Lu Guangzu (Chn) 21-13,21-13.

Men’s doubles: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han (Tpe) 21-18,21-17; Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) 21-11,21-5; Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) bt Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty (Ind) 17-21,21-16,21-17; Huang Kaixiang (Chn) bt Liao Min-chun-Su Ching-heng (Tpe) 21-17,21-16.

Second Round

Men’s singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) 18-21,21-12,21-14; K. Srikanth (Ind) bt Sourabh Verma (Ind) 21-11,15-21,21-19.

Men’s doubles: Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Wahyu Nayaka Pangkaryanira-Ade Santoso (Ina) 21-17,21-18; Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) bt Ou Xuanyi-Zhang Nan (Chn) 21-18,21-8; Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) 21-19,21-14; Matthias Boe-Mads Conrad-Petersen (Den) bt Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 15-21,21-17,21-12; Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) bt Lee Jhe-huei-Yang Po-hsuan (Tpe) 24-22,21-18.

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