Double joy for Juan Shen in debuts with new partners

PETALING JAYA: It was double joy for Low Juan Shen (pic) after he reached the quarter-finals of the men’s and mixed doubles at the Vietnam Open yesterday.

Independent player Juan Shen partnered Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub in the men’s doubles and Goh Liu Ying in the mixed doubles for the first time.

Juan Shen-Azriyn did well to topple eighth seeds Loh Kean Hean-Andy Kwek of Singapore 21-18, 21-12 in the second round at the Nguyen Du Stadium in Ho Chi Minh.

The Malaysian pair have a tough task next as they take on second seeds He Jiting-Zhao Haodong of China for a place in the last four.

Juan Shen also teamed up with Liu Ying to beat Vietnam’s Nguyen Anh Gia-Lam My Tien 21-16, 21-17 to set up a meeting with Indonesia’s Zachariah Sumanti-Hediana Julimarbela next.

In the men’s doubles, Mohd Haikal Nazri-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi also made it to the quarter-finals after overcoming compatriots Lee Yi Bo-Ling Wei Jie 21-12, 21-16.

Haikal-Arif will next meet independent shuttlers Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah.

In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See stayed on course to capture their first title together after being reunited in June with a 21-17, 21-17 win over the Malaysian and Indonesian pairing of Tan Ming Kang-Serena Kani.

Peng Soon-Yee See will face India’s Rohan Kapoor-N. Sikki Reddy for a place in the semi-finals.

In the women’s singles, both Goh Jin Wei and S. Kisona booked their spots in the last eight in contrasting styles.

Jin Wei breezed past India’s Ira Sharma 21-18, 21-10 while Kisona had to fight tooth and nail to get past Myanmar’s Thet Thuzar 16-21, 21-18, 21-18.

Home players Vi Thi Anh and Thi Phuong Tran stand in the way of both Jin Wei and Kisona next and a win will set up an all-Malaysian affair.

Meanwhile, Cheam June Wei and Lee Shun Yang kept the flag flying in the men’s singles after both reached the quarter-finals.

June Wei defeated India’s Kiran Kumar 21-15, 21-10 in the third round while Shun Yang dashed the hopes of home player Le Manh Tran after claiming a 21-12, 21-15 victory.

June Wei will meet Taiwan’s Lee Chia-hao next while Shun Yang faces a tough challenge against China’s Sun Feixiang.


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Second round

Men’s doubles: Mohd Haikal Nazri-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi bt Lee Yi Bo-Ling Wei Jie 21-12, 21-16; Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub-Low Juan Shen bt Andy Kwek-Loh Kean Hean (Sin) 21-18, 21-12; Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah bt Low Hang Yee-Chia Weijie 21-19, 15-21, 21-14.

Women’s singles: Goh Jin Wei bt Ira Sharma (Ind) 21-18, 21-10; S. Kisona bt Thet Thuzar (Mya) 16-21, 21-18, 21-18; Ruselli Hartawan (Ina) bt R. Venosha 21-11, 21-16; Vu Thi Anh (Vie) bt R. Kasthuri 21-9, 21-8.

Women’s doubles: Nita Violina-Nadia Tryola (Ina) bt R. Kasthuri-R. Venosha 21-8, 21-16.

Mixed doubles: Low Juan Shen-Goh Liu Ying bt Nguyen Anh Gia-Lam My Tien (Vie) 21-16, 21-17; Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See bt Tan Ming Kang-Serena Kani (Mas-Ina) 21-17, 21-17.

Third round

Men’s singles: Lee Shun Yang bt Le Manh Tran (Vie) 21-12, 21-15; Cheam June Wei bt Kiran Kumar (Ind) 21-15, 21-10.

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