PETALING JAYA: Favourite Cheam June Wei’s challenge fizzled out but Ng Tze Yong marched on in the Czech Open.
Second seed June Wei went down 21-19, 15-21, 17-21 to eighth seed Siril Verma of India in the men’s singles quarter-finals of the seventh-tier tournament in Brno yesterday. Siril had also defeated Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin 21-13, 21-15 in the first round on Wednesday.
Sixth seed Tze Yong, however, stayed steady to beat Krishna Adi of Indonesia 21-9, 21-18 to set up a meeting against qualifier Jason Teh of Singapore. Jason had earlier upset top seed Sheng Xiaodong of Canada 21-13, 21-16.
The 21-year-old Tze Yong had earlier defeated his senior Leong Jun Hao 21-19, 23-21 in the second round.
Youngster Siti Nurshuhaini Azman reached the women’s singles semi-finals after defeating her senior K. Letshanaa 21-16, 16-21, 21-6 to set up a meeting against India’s Ananya Praveen.
It was also a joyful day for Ampang Jaya Badminton Club’s mixed doubles pair Lim Tze Jian-Wong Kha Yan when they defeated Badminton Association of Malaysia juniors Beh Chun Meng-Cheng Su Hui 21-18, 21-12 to reach the semi-finals.
They will play against Singapore’s Terry Hee Yong Kai-Tan Wei Han for a place in the final.
(Matches involving Malaysians only)
Men’s singles: Ng Tze Yong bt Krishna Adi (Ina) 21-9, 21-18; Siril Verma (Ind) bt Cheam June Wei 19-21, 21-15, 21-17.
Men’s doubles: Terry Hee Yong Kai-Loh Kean Hean (Sin) bt Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe 21-15, 21-15; Chia Weijie-Low Hang Yee bt Chang Yee Jun-Yap Roy King 21-17, 21-16; Ng Jun Yan-Wong Tien Ci bt Egor Kholkin-Alexandr Zinchenko (Rus) 14-21, 21-18, 21-19; Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun bt Fabien Delrue-William Villeger (Fra) 21-16, 21-7.
Women’s singles: Siti Nurshuhaini Azman bt K. Letshanaa 21-16, 16-21, 21-6; Rachel Chan (Can) bt Eoon Qi Xuan 21-15, 21-16.
Women’s doubles: Go Pei Kee-Yap Ling bt Viktoriia Kozyreva-Mariia Sukhova (Rus) 21-10, 21-12; Anna Cheong Ching Yik-Teoh Mei Xing bt Flavie Vallet-Emilie Vercelot (Fra) 21-17, 21-9; Febby Valencia-Jesita Putri (Ina) bt Cheng Su Hui-Cheng Su Yin 21-10, 21-11.
Mixed doubles: Lim Tze Jian-Wong Kha Yan bt Beh Chun Meng-Cheng Su Hui 21-18, 21-12.