Badminton: Hang Yee-Eng Cheong pull off biggest upset of career to reach Swiss Open quarter-finals


Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: World No. 85 pair Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong pulled off one of the biggest upsets at the Swiss Open when they sent world No. 12 Marcus Ellis-Chris Landgridge of England packing in the last 16 Thursday (March 4).

Hang Yee-Eng Cheong fought from one game down to beat the Rio Olympics bronze medallists 10-21,21-15,21-15 in 72 minutes to reach their first-ever World Tour quarter-finals.

"This is the biggest win of our career as we have never beaten such highly-ranked opponents previously. Of course, we're very happy and it's certainly a confidence booster!" said Hang Yee.

"We've set ourselves a semi-final target for this tournament and we're now just one win away."

Hang Yee-Eng Cheong will take on yet another formidable pair - world No. 15 Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark - Friday (March 5).

"Having marched this far, we want to keep this good momentum going. We have another big test coming, but as long as we keep our spirits high and fight without fear, anything is possible."

Hang Yee-Eng Cheong will be joined by Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik but not Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong.

The world No. 9 and top seeds Aaron-Wooi Yik did not even have to lift their rackets as they were given a walkover by Denmark's Jeppe Bay-Lasse Molhede.

They next face Indonesian rising stars Leo Carnando-Daniel Marthin, whom they had beaten in the Thailand Open II in January.

Rio Olympics silver medallists V Shem-Wee Kiong failed to justify their third seeding after going down 19-21,19-21 to Germany's Marvin Seidel-Mark Lamsfuss.

In the men's singles, second seed Lee Zii Jia hardly had to break a sweat to beat world No. 65 Victor Svendsen of Denmark 21-15,21-11.

His next match is set to be a tricky one as he faces India's B. Sai Praneeth, the 2019 World Championships' bronze medallist.

SECOND ROUND RESULTS

(Matches involving Malaysians only)

Men's singles: Lee Zii Jia (Mas) bt Victor Svendsen (Den) 21-15,21-11.

Men's doubles: Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik w.o. Jeppe Bay-Lasse Molhede (Den); Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong (Mas) bt Marcus Ellis-Chris Landgridge (Eng) 10-21,21-15,21-15; Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Ger) bt Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 21-19,21-19.

Women's doubles: Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (Mas) bt Linda Efler-Isabel Herttrich (Ger) 21-18,21-17; Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah (Mas) bt Anastasiia Akchurina-Olga Morozova (Rus) 21-16,

Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) bt Ronan Labar-Anne Tran (Fra) 21-12,21-16.

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