Q-final chance for Shun Yang after Kanta’s pullout


PETALING JAYA: National men’s singles shuttler Lee Shun Yang (pic) received a huge boost after top seed Kanta Tsuneyama withdrew from the Vietnam Open yesterday, opening the door for him to reach the last eight.

Shun Yang, who was slated to face Tsuneyama in the third round, will now play home qualifier Le Manh An Tran after the Japanese conceded a walkover in the second round yesterday.

The Malaysian had beaten India’s Priyanshu Rajawat 21-17, 21-16 in his second-round match at the Nguyen Du Stadium in Ho Chi Minh yesterday.

Shun Yang will be joined in the third round by Cheam June Wei and Ong Ken Yon.

June Wei had ended the hopes of compatriot and recent Malaysia Games (Sukma) silver medallist Leong Jun Hao with a 21-15, 21-14 win.

The independent player will next play India’s Kiran Kumar for a spot in the last eight.

Ken Yon had swept aside another Indian Farogh Aman 21-10, 21-11 in the second round.

It was the end of the road, though, for Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin and Jacky Kok.

Aidil found China’s Weng Hongyang a tough nut to crack and went down 15-21, 9-21 while Jacky lost 16-21, 21-18, 14-21 to India’s Meiraba Maisnam.

In the women’s singles, it was good news for Malaysia after all four representatives made it to the second round.

Goh Jin Wei had to dig deep into her reserves to subdue Thailand’s Pitchamon Opatniputh 21-18, 13-21, 23-21.

Jin Wei will meet India’s Ira Sharma in the second round.

S. Kisona will play Myanmar’s Thet Thuzar next after overcoming India’s Anupama Upadhyaya 15-21, 21-18, 21-16 in her first-round match.

Independent duo and sisters R. Venosha and R. Kasthuri also advanced and will take on Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan and homester Vu Thi Anh respectively.

In the men’s doubles, Chia Weijie-Low Hang Yee defeated teammates Chong Ee Jack-Tan Ming Kang 21-14, 21-11 to reach the second round.

They will meet another Malaysian pair Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah, who beat Thailand’s Weeraphat Phakjarung-Wongsathorn Thongkham 21-17, 21-15.

Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub-Low Juan Shen and Lee Yi Bo-Ling Wei Jie also made it to the second round.

RESULTS (Malaysians only)

- First round

Men’s doubles: Boon Xin Yuan-Wong Tien Ci bt Kim Thuan-Trung Tin Tran (Vie) 21-11, 21-12; Chia Weijie-Low Hang Yee bt Chong Ee Jack-Tan Ming Kang 21-14, 21-11; Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah bt Weeraphat Phakjarung-Wongsathorn Thongkham (Tha) 21-17, 21-15; Lee Yi Bo-Ling Wei Jie bt Panjer Dadiara-Bryan Elohim 19-21, 21-16, 21-11; Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub-Low Juan Shen bt Nguyen Thanh Son-Nguyen Viet Khang (Vie) 21-11, 21-11.

Women’s singles: Goh Jin Wei bt Pitchamon Opatniputh (Tha) 21-18, 13-21, 23-21; S. Kisona bt Anupama Upadhyaya (Ind) 15-21, 21-18, 21-16; R. Venosha bt Nguyen Thi Cam 21-9, 21-15.

Women’s doubles: R. Venosha-R. Kasthuri bt Pham Thi Dieu-Thi Anh Tran (Vie) 21-11, 21-9.

Mixed doubles: Low Juan Shen-Goh Liu Ying bt Pham Van Hai-Van Anh Than (Vie) 23-21, 21-14.

- Second round

Men’s singles: Lee Shun Yang bt Priyanshu Rajawat (Ind) 21-17, 21-16; Cheam June Wei bt Leong Jun Hao 21-15, 21-14; Ong Ken Yon bt Farogh Aman (Ind) 21-10, 21-11; Weng Hongyang (Chn) bt Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin 21-15, 21-9; Meiraba Maisnam (Ind) bt Jacky Kok 21-16, 18-21, 21-14.

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