Another singles title on the cards in Europe

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia are looking good for the men’s singles title in Europe a week after independent shuttler Yeoh Seng Zoe emerged as the Irish Open champion.

This comes after Ng Tze Yong, Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin and Soong Joo Ven all made it to the semi-finals of the Scottish Open in Glasgow yesterday.

Tze Yong and Aidil will do battle among themselves in one of the semis, assuring Malaysia of a place in the final while Joo Ven faces 2018 European Junior champion Arnaud Merkle of France.

Tze Yong, a winner of three titles this year, showed his eagerness to make up for last week’s disappointing last-eight exit in Dublin as he easily knocked out Bulgaria’s Daniel Nikolov 21-14, 21-11.

It marked his third straight games win of the campaign.

Aidil was made to sweat before progressing to his second semi-final since the Polish Open in March.

He took 68 minutes to fend off stiff challenge from India’s Priyanshu Rajawat 21-15, 19-21, 21-16.

Former international Joo Ven maintained his consistent performance to reach his second semi-finals in as many weeks.

He dumped third seed and 2017 winner Toby Penty out with a convincing 21-17, 21-13 to be just one win away from emulating his previous best outing in 2016.

Joo Ven settled for a runner-up finish to now world No. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark that year.

In men’s doubles, world No. 135 Wan Arif Junaidi-Haikal Nazri were the sole survivors after they sensationally defeated top seeds and Scotland’s world No. 36 Adam Hall-Alexander Dunn 22-20, 21-18.

Arif-Haikal are bidding to win their fourth title of the season having tasted success at the Austrian Open, Hellas International in Greece and Ukraine International.

Unfortunately it was the end of the road for teammates Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun, last week’s Irish Open winners.

They went down 18-21, 20-22 to South Korean veterans Kim Sa-rang-Kim Gi-jung.

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