PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttlers Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem continued to show they are still dependable when they stormed into the men’s doubles semi-finals at the Yonex Thailand Open in Bangkok.
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists Wee Kiong-V Shem battled for 40 minutes before defeating Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s second-ranked pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani 21-16,21-19 at the Impact Arena yesterday.
They are the only Malaysian pair left in the tournament following the defeats of Lee Zii Jia (men’s singles), Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (men’s doubles), Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah (women’s doubles) and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (mixed doubles).
The world No. 14 will take on unheralded Indonesian pair Leo Rolly-Daniel Marthin next.
It was their second win over a Malaysian pair in the tournament as they had upstaged national No. 1 and world No. 9 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik in the opening day but Wee Kiong-V Shem were not gloating. In fact, Wee Kiong praised the world No. 14 Sze Fei-Izzuddin. It was the first meeting in the international stage between the seasoned campaigners and their younger pair.
“This pair reminds me of V Shem and I when we were younger. Sze Fei and Izzuddin have special strokes and their smashes are powerful, ” said Wee Kiong. “They are in a good shape and showed good form today. I believe if they keep their focus and stay positive and spirited, they can be one of the best pairs in future.”
If Wee Kiong-V Shem beat Leo-Daniel today, they will take on the winner of the other semi-final match between Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan and Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.
“We’ve not meet this Indonesia pair yet but we will not take them lightly, ” added Wee Kiong.
Yesterday, the sixth seed Lee Yang-Chi-lin ended the challenge of the other independent pair Yew Sin-Ee Yi. The Taiwanese fought hard for 42 minutes before pulling off a 23-21,21-15 win over Yew Sin-Ee Yi.
Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung-jae of South Korea upset former world champions Hendra-Ahsan 21-16,21-19.
QUARTER FINAL RESULTS
Men’s singles: Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt Lee Zii Jia (Mas) 21-17,21-15; Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) bt Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) 21-17,21-12; Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt Rasmus Gemke (Den) 21-14,19-21,21-5; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Jonatan Christie (Ina) 21-14,21-15.
Men’s doubles: Leo Rolly Carnando-Daniel Marthin (Ina) bt Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge (Eng) 12-21,21-14,21-15; Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) bt Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) 23-21,21-15; Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (Mas) 21-16,21-19; Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) bt Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) 21-16,21-19.
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Michelle Li (Can) 21-11,21-13; An Se-young (Kor) bt Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) 22-20,21-12; Carolina Marin (Spa) bt Supanida Katethong (Tha) 21-16,21-16; Mia Blichfeldt (Den) bt Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Tha) 21-13,21-18.
Women’s doubles: Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee Yong (Kor) bt Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith (Eng) 21-8,21-11; Jongkolphan Kititrakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) bt Laksika Kanlaha-Atitaya Povanon (Tha) 21-10,21-17; Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) bt Chang Ye-na-Kim Hye-rin (Kor) 21-15,19-21,21-15; Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu (Ina) bt Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah (Mas) 21-15,21-12.
Mixed doubles: Dechapol Puvaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-18,21-17; Seo Seung-jae-Yujung (Kor) bt Chang Tak Ching-Ng Wing Yung (Hkg) 21-16,15-21,21-4; Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva (Ina) bt Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje (Den) 21-19,22-20; Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue (Fra) bt Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Herttrich (Ger) 21-19,21-18.
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