PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttlers Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing’s challenge in the mixed doubles came to an end in the Denmark Open.
The world No. 13 Kian Meng-Pei Jing gave Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan a good fight in the opening game before losing 21-19, 11-21, 14-21 in the quarter-finals in Odense.
Ironically, the Malaysians have a better record against the Japanese, having won three out of their last four meetings but yesterday, Kian Meng-Pei Jing were unable to last the pace.
A day earlier, Kian Meng-Pei Jing had battled their way to an 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 win over South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Eom Hye-won in the second round. They had also beaten the Korean pair in their only other meeting at the Indonesian Masters last year.
They were the only Malaysian representatives left in the last eight of the mixed doubles as all others – Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei – had crashed out in the early rounds.
Meanwhile in the men’s singles, Lee Zii Jia had set up a meeting with Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the last eight.
Zii Jia had beaten Liew Daren 21-11, 21-14 while Axelsen was equally impressive in disposing of Lakshya Sen of India 21-15, 21-17 in their respective second-round matches.