PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (pic) continued their fine momentum in the Asian Championships yesterday but there was a word of caution from national doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky.
Sze Fei-Izzuddin defeated South Korea’s Kang Min-hyuk-Kim Won-ho 21-17, 21-17 in the second round to set up a quarter-final clash against China’s Ren Xiang Yu-Tan Qiang in Manila today.
While Rexy was happy with their progress over the past two months, he wants them to remain sharp during their matches.
“Sze Fei-Izzuddin played well but they must keep their focus until the end. In the first and second games they led 20-13 but they started slowing down,” said Rexy.
“They must rectify this as it will put them in trouble against stronger pairs. If they can maintain their focus against the Chinese pair, their chances of winning is very good.
“Overall, they have been in fine form and this is good ahead of our Thomas Cup campaign.”
The nation’s top pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik sailed into the last eight with a convincing 21-16, 21-19 win over Singapore’s Danny Chrisnanta-Andy Kwek to keep alive hopes of an all-Malaysia semi-final.
If Aaron-Wooi Yik beat India’s Satwiksairaj Reddy-Chirag Shetty today and Sze Fei-Izzuddin defeat their Chinese opposition, the pairs will face each other for a place in the final.
Xiang Yu-Tan Qiang showed that they are no pushovers by securing a 21-9, 21-15 upset over top seeds Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan of Indonesia yesterday.
Meanwhile, young pair Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun took advantage of a favourable draw to secure an easy 21-7, 21-12 win over the Philippines’ Christian Bernardo-Paul John Pantig to reach the last eight.
Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, however, suffered a minor glitch in their preparations for the Thomas Cup when they lost 21-16, 18-21, 21-16 to Indonesia’s Pramudya Kusuma-wardana-Yeremia Rambitan.
In women’s doubles, Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Hong Kong’s Yeung Nga Ting-Yeung Pui Lam 21-13, 23-21 in 27 minutes.
They will take on former All England champions Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota of Japan in the last four today.
Another pair Anna Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing lost 21-18, 21-16 to China’s top seeds Chen Qing Chen-Jia Yi Fan.In mixed doubles, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing kept their hopes of winning a first Asian crown when they outplayed India’s Ishaan Bhatnagar-Tanish Crasto 21-18, 21-18 in 30 minutes.
Kian Meng-Pei Jing, who won the Korean Open three weeks ago, will take on All England champions Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan today.