Mixed pair continue their good run

PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles pair Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Wong Pei Tty continued their good run by eliminating world No. 19 Hsieh Yu-hsin-Chien Yu-chin to reach the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open in Basel yesterday.

Fairuzizuan-Pei Tty, who are resuming their partnership after a three-year absence, beat the Taiwanese 21-19, 12-21, 21-15 in a second-round match.

The Malaysian duo had put aside the disappointment of failing to get past the All-England qualifying tournament in Birmingham last week with a straight-game win over Flandy Limpele-Anastasia Russkikh in the first round on Wednesday. The Indonesian-Russian combination were semi-finalists at the All-England.

Fairuzizuan-Pei Tty will play against the winners of the match between Olympic champions Lee Yong-dae-Lee Ho-jung of South Korea and Thailand’s Songphon Anugritayawon-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul for a place in the semi-finals.

Men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong also made it to the last eight with a 21-17, 21-16 win over Joko Riyadi-Candra Wijaya of Indonesia yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, the second seeds, beat fellow Malaysian pair Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen 21-18, 21-15 in the first round on Wednesday.

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei made a flying start to his bid for the Swiss Open title by taking only 35 minutes to beat former Asian junior champion Kenichi Tago of Japan 21-18, 21-12 in a first-round men’s singles match on Wednesday.

Former Malaysian No. 1 Wong Choong Hann turned the tables on Indonesian No. 3 Simon Santoso, winning the match 21-12, 14-21, 21-19 to advance to the second round but muffed the opportunity to enter the last eight yesterday.

Choong Hann bowed out 21-16, 12-21, 16-21 to England’s Andrew Smith.

However, Malaysia are assured of at least one player in the men’s singles quarter-finals with Lee Tsuen Seng taking on Sairul Amar Ayob in the second round at press-time.

Tsuen Seng beat Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit 21-13, 21-18 while Sairul enjoyed a free ride into the second round, thanks to the withdrawal of top Dane Peter-Gade Christensen because of a toe injury.

The top Malaysian women’s pair of Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty, who are the second seeds, opened their campaign with a 21-14, 21-4 win over Czech Republic’s Petra Hofmanova-Sarka Krizkova on Wednesday.

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