PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttlers Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong continued with their fine form to march into the men’s doubles semi-finals in the Dutch Open.
The sixth seeds, playing in the first international tournament together, defeated Andreas Sondergaard-Jesper Toft of Denmark 21-11, 21-19 in a 30-minute quarter-final match in Almere yesterday.
They had easily disposed of Germany’s Freek Golinski-Jona van Nieuwkerke 21-14, 21-14 in the second round.
The duo will take on the winners of the match between fifth seeds Lucas Corvee-Ronan Labar and qualifiers Eloi Adam-Kenji Lovang.
Kian Meng-Wee Kiong are the only Malaysians left in the lower-ranked tournament after all others crashed out.
Youngsters Ng Jun Yan-Wong Tien Ci and Mohd Nurfirdaus Azman-Jimmy Wong went down to Terry Hee Yong Kao-Loh Kean Yean of Singapore (18-21, 11-21) and Rory Easton-Zach Russ of England (21-15, 19-21, 17-21) in the second round matches respectively.
Tien Ci went one step better in the mixed doubles with Lim Chiew Sien when both reached the quarter-finals but they were beaten 15-21, 14-21 by second seeds Mikkel Mikkelsen-Rikke Soby of Denmark.
The other Malaysians who did not clear the early rounds are Chang Yee Jun-Yap Roy King, Chong Ee Jack-Ling Wei Jie (men’s doubles); Vivian Hoo-Chiew Sien (women’s doubles); Lim Tze Jian-Wong Kha Yan and Wee Kiong-Vivian Hoo (mixed doubles).