KUALA LUMPUR: New partners Chan Chong Ming-Hoon Thien How stole the show in the Kuala Lumpur Open badminton championships when they upset top seed Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah to reach the men’s doubles semi-finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton hall (KLBA) yesterday.
In a quarter-finals that went down the wire, Chong Ming-Thien How, who are competing in their first tournament as a pair, eliminated the veterans with a hard-fought 27-25, 19-21, 21-17 win.
Today, they will take on another surprise semi-finalists Khoo Chung Chiat-Mohd Razif Abdul Latif in the last four.
Chung Chiat-Razif, the players from the Project 2010-12 squad, turned the tables on the national pair Ong Soon Hock-Tan Bin Shen 21-18, 21-18 in another quarter-final match.
After the win over Tan Fook and Wan Wah, the 20-year-old Thien How was ecstatic.
“This is certainly a great start for our partnership. Our defence and attack worked well today,” said Thien How.
The more experienced Chong Ming was happy that they were able to prove that they were on par with the country’s top players.
“At least, we know where we stand now. We will not underestimate our next opponent. There is still room for improvement and hopefully, we will be able to reach the final,” said the 26-year-old Chong Ming.
The other men’s doubles semi-finals will be between Asian Games champion Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Lin Woon Fui-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari.
Unlike the men’s doubles, there were no major upsets in the men’s singles event with top seed Lee Chong Wei advancing to the semi-finals.
The 24-year-old Chong Wei, however, was made to slog for his 22-24, 21-5, 21-18 win over teammate K. Yogendran.
He will take on veteran Wong Choong Hann, who also huffed and puffed his way to a 20-22, 21-14, 24-22 win over Yeoh Kay Bin yesterday.
Said Chong Wei: “I was tired and took a longer time to beat Yogendran. But I’m still confident that I can go all the way to win the title.”
“I have beaten Choong Hann en route to winning the Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne this year. I will give it my best shot,” he added.
The other semi-final will be between second seed Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong.
(National players unless stated)
Men's singles: Lee Chong Wei bt K. Yogendran 22-24, 21-5, 21-18; Wong Choong Hann bt Yeoh Kay Bin 20-22, 21-14, 24-22; Kuan Beng Hong bt James Chua 21-11, 21-15; Mohd Hafiz Hashim bt Lim Kenn (Sel) 21-12, 21-14.
Men's doubles: Khoo Chung Chiat-Mohd Razif Abdul Latif (Ked-Nse) bt Ong Soon Hock-Tan Bin Shen 21-18, 21-18; Chan Chong Ming-Hoon Thien How bt Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah 27-25, 19-21, 21-17; Lin Woon Fui-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari bt Goh Ying Jin-Mohd Razif Rahman 21-8, 21-10; Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bt Gan Teik Chai-Mohd zakry Abdul Latif 21-23, 21-18, 21-13.
Women's singles: Wong Mew Choo bt Norsyahliza Baharum (Kul) 21-10, 21-11; Anita Raj Kaur (Kul) bt Ooi Swee Wenn (Ked) 21-13, 21-10; Lydia Cheah (Kul) bt Vivian Hoo Kah Mun (Kul) 15-21,21-12, 21-17; Julia Wong bt Stephanie Shalini (Kul) 21-11, 21-14.
Women's doubles: Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty bt Mooi Hing Yau-Wong Wai See 21-15, 21-16; Ooi Sock Ai-Ooi Yu Hang bt Vivian Hoo-Ng Hui Lin (Kul-Sel) 20-22, 21-12, 21-6; Julia Wong-Norsyahliza Baharum bt Lydia Cheah-Woon Khe Wei (Kul-Sel) 21-19, 23-21; See Phui Leng-Fong Chew Yen bt Ng Soo Mui-Ng Mei Fen (Joh) 21-15, 21-9.
Mixed doubles: Gan Teik Chai-Fong Chew Yen bt Khoo Chung Chiat-Haw Chiou Hwee (Ked-Joh) 21-18, 21-5; Razif Abdul Latif-Sabrina Chong Sook Chin (Nse-Sel) bt Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-See Phui Leng 21-14, 21-16; Ng Choon Kang-Ng Soo Mui (Joh) bt Tan Bin Shen-Ooi Yu Hang 21-17, 21-19; Koo Kien Keat-Wong Pei Tty bt Chan Peng Soon-Lim Yin Loo (Pen-Nse) 23-21, 21-17.
Boys' doubles: Lim Khim Wah-Mak Hee Chun (Ked-Prk) bt Jonathan Lee Yu Xuan-Lau Win Hwi (Mal-Kul) 21-8, 21-10; Zairul Hafiz-Syed Akhbar (Joh-Mal) bt Goh Soon Huat-Goh Kang Zhuang (Mal) 22-20, 21-15; Kwan Kam Chung-Teo Kok Siang (Kul-Joh) bt Chin Juan Jue-Raymond Koh Kok Feng (Kul-Pen) 21-11, 21-19; Ong Jian Guo-Goh Wei Shem (Mal-Kul) bt Tan Aik Quan-Loo Yik Xiang (Ked-Pah) 17-21, 21-16, 21-13.
Girls' singles: Sannatasah Saniru (Sab) bt Yang Li Lian (Sel) 21-6, 21-9; Ng Paou Ling (Sab) bt Ng Hui Ern (Sel) 21-18, 21-14; Foong Yi Xin (Prk) bt Ng Sin Er (Ked) 20-22, 24-22, 21-9; Tiffany Chase Currier (Mal) bt Lim Yee Theng (Pen) 21-14, 21-18.
Girls' doubles: Goh Liu Ying-Hoo Bee Ling (Mal-Kul) bt Ng Hui Ern-Yap Harn Hin (Sel) 21-9, 21-16; Lim Siew Ching-Haw Chiou Xian (Per) bt Kwan Suk Lee-Phoon Kah Yee (Prk) 21-19, 21-18; Lim Yee Theng-Ng Paou Ling (Pen-Sab) bt Michelle Chong-Florah Ng (Prk) 21-13, 21-15; Chong Vee Vian-Yeow Mei Xi (Pah)mal) bt Lee Jun Chai-Priscilla Foo Siew Ling (Swk) 21-17, 21-7.
Mixed doubles: Cheah Liek Hou-Esther Ratna Devi (Kul) bt Lim Khim Wah-Goh Liu Ying (Ked-Mal) 21-19, 23-21; Poh Chai Boon-Yeow Mie Xi (Joh-Mal) bt Goh Wei Shen-Chong Vee Vian (Kul-Pah) 18-21, 21-10, 21-14; Ong Jian Guo-Ho Bee Ling (Mal-Kul) bt Lau Win Hwi-Yee Li Jin (Kul-Pah) 21-5, 21-11; Mak Hee Chun-Sannatasah Saniru (Prk-Sab) bt Tan Wee Tat-Berny Casier (Joh-Swk) 21-5, 21-6.