Big win in Bali


Giant killers: Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (left) and Goh Sze Fei beat reigning Olympic Games champions and third seeds Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan 21-15, 23-21 in 37 minutes in Bali.

PETALING JAYA: It was a day of reckoning for Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani as they pulled off their biggest career win to reach the Indonesian Open quarter-finals.

The duo came through an intense battle to dump reigning Olympic Games champions and third seeds Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan 21-15, 23-21 in 37 minutes in Bali.

They face India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty for a place in the semi-finals.

The world No. 19 Sze Fei-Izzuddin’s stunning show made up for the surprise defeat of their more renowned Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) teammates and Olympics bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik in the second round.

Aaron-Wooi Yik went down tamely 14-21, 17-21 to independent shuttlers Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi in 29 minutes.

It was Aaron-Wooi Yik’s first defeat against the professionals in almost three years.

World No. 6 Aaron-Wooi Yik have won all their last three matches against them except for their first win in their first encounter at the 2019 Malaysian Masters in January.

Yew Sin-Ee Yi have a tough job next as they face top seeds and home favourites Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya of Indonesia.

The day, however, certainly belonged to Sze Fei and Izzuddin.

“This is our biggest career win and we pulled off our win in only our first meeting against the Olympics champions,” said a delighted Sze Fei.

“We played without pressure but I did make life difficult in the second game.

“I was quite tensed and made several poor decisions. Fortunately, I calmed myself down and my partner Izzuddin stayed steady too.

“We were trailing 18-20 in the second game but we did not give up easily.

“We fought for every point and I’m glad that we finally managed to win.

“It’s a huge morale-boosting victory for us.”

On their match against the Indians, whom they had beaten for the first time at the Denmark Open last month, Sze Fei preferred to be cautious.

“We had to work very hard to beat them the last time... it was really close. We expect another tight duel but we will be ready,” added Sze Fei, who trains under head coach Flandi Limpele.

SECOND ROUND RESULTS

Men’s singles: Rasmus Gemke (Den) bt Shesar Hiren (Ina) 21-12, rtd; Kenta Nishimoto (Jpn) bt Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) 18-21, 21-15, 21-11; Anders Antonsen (Den) bt Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) 18-21, 21-13, 21-14; Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Chico Aura (Ina) 21-12, 21-12; Loh Kean Yew (Sin) bt Kento Momota (Jpn) 21-7, 17-21, 21-9; Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) bt Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) 10-21, 21-18, 21-13.

Men’s doubles: Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya (Ina) bt Choi Solgyu-Kim Won-ho (Kor) 12-21, 21-19, 21-18; Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt Aaron Wooi-Soh Wooi Yik (Mas) 21-14, 21-17; Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) bt Pramudya Kusumawardana-Yeremia Erich (Ina) 25-23, 27-25; Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) bt Mahiro Kaneko-Yunosuke Kubota (Jpn) 21-11, 21-14; Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (Mas) bt Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) 21-15, 23-21; Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana (Ina) 21-11, 21-10; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty (Ind) bt Kang Minh-yuk-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) 21-15, 19-21, 23-21;

Matches involving Malaysians in other events

Women’s doubles: Febriana Dwipuji-Amalia Cahaya (Ina) bt Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah 14-21, 22-20, 21-17; Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) bt Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen 21-14, 21-15; Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) bt Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 24-26, 21-12, 21-11.

Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Jones Ralfy Jansen-Linda Efler (Ger) 21-9, 21-13.

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