IT was a day of firsts for the new and the old when back-up shuttlers Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong and former internationals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen reached the men’s doubles semi-finals at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold Championships yesterday.
Hee Chun-Wee Kiong bagged a memorable win yesterday when they dumped their more illustrious compatriots and third seeds Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif 20-22, 23-21, 21-11 in 47 minutes.
This will be Hee Chun-Wee Kiong’s first semi-final since teaming up this year.
They will take on Teik Chai-Bin Shen today, thus assuring Malaysia of a place in the men’s doubles final.
“We are thrilled with our first win over Fairuzizuan-Zakry. We pushed them to the limit by keeping a fast pace throughout the match,” said Wee Kiong.
“It feels good to reach our first semi-final in an Open tournament this year. There is certainly some improvement in our game.”
Said Hee Chun: “We are happy that it will be an all-Malaysian semi-final. We will try to make the final.”
Teik Chai-Bin Shen, who left the national team this year to chart their fortunes as independent players, will also feature in their first semi-final this year.
Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will be seeking to make it an all-Malaysian final when they take on Indonesians Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan today.
Second seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong clawed back from a game down to beat China’s gritty pair of Sun Junjie-Tao Jiaming 23-25, 21-8, 21-15.
In the women’s doubles, Indonesian Open champions Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui took a step closer to winning back-to-back titles by reaching the semi-finals.
The world No. 1 pair defeated Rie Ito-Yu Wakita of Japan 13-21, 21-15, 21-10 to set up a last-four date with Frances Liu Fan-Vanessa Neo Yu Yan of Singapore.
Frances-Vanessa prevented an all-Malaysian semi-final when they beat Nairul Suhada Abdul Latif-Amelia Anscelly 21-17, 12-21, 21-19.
Said Pei Tty: “We got off to a slow start. We have not even seen this pair (Ito-Wakita) before and it took us a while to get used to their game.
“We got back our rhythm in the second game. We then decided to play a more patient game.
“It has been quite tiring for us (having played in the Singapore and Indonesia Opens in the last two weeks). We will try to hang in there and give our best tomorrow (today).”
The other women’s doubles semi-final will be an all-China clash between Gao Ling-Wei Yili and Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli.
* Malaysians unless stated
Men’s singles: Lee Chong Wei bt Kenichi Tago (Jpn) 21-9, 21-15; Hu Yun (Hkg) bt Andre Kurniawan Tedjono (Ina) 21-6, 21-12; Wong Choong Hann bt Gao Huan 21-15, 21-10; Chen Long (Chn) bt Tan Chun Seang 21-14, 12-21, 21-16.
Men’s doubles: Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen bt Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Chan Peng Soon 21-14, 21-14; Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan (Ina) bt Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata (Jpn) 21-19, 21-13; Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong bt Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif 20-22, 23-21, 21-11; Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bt Sun Junjie-Tao Jiaming (Chn) 23-25, 21-8, 21-15.
Women’s singles: Pi Hongyan (Fra) bt Juliane Schenk (Ger) 21-19, 26-24; Wang Shixian (Chn) bt Fu Mingtian (Sin) 21-19, 21-10; Wong Mew Choo bt Xing Aiying (Sin) 21-19, 21-10; Wang Xin (Chn) bt Saina Nehwal (Ind) 21-14, 21-10.
Women’s doubles: Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty bt Rei Ito-Yu Wakita (Jpn) 13-21, 21-15, 21-10; Frances Liu Fan-Vanessa Neo Yu Yan (Sin) bt Nairul Suhada Abdul Latif-Amelia Anscelly 21-17, 12-21, 21-19; Gao Ling-Wei Yili (Chn) bt Savitree Amitrapai-Vacharaporn Munkit (Tha) 21-9, 21-4; Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli (Chn) bt Vita Marissa-Nadya Melati (Ina) 21-11, 21-12.
Mixed doubles: Hendra Gunawan-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt V. Diju-Jwala Gutta (Ind) 8-21, 21-14, 21-16; Xu Chen-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Chen Zhiben-Zhang Jinkang (Chn) 21-10, 17-21, 21-17; Zhang Nan-Pan Pan (Chn) bt Flandi Limpele-Anastasia Russikh (Ina-Rus) 21-10, 21-14; Zheng Bo-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Ong Jian Guo-Chong Sook Chin 21-19, 21-7.
* Today’s semi-finals will be from 2pm onwards)