KUALA LUMPUR: Much has been made of Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah’s new partners but it was another new pair, Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi, who stole the limelight at the Malaysia International Challenge semi-finals in Kuching.
Kah Ming, world junior champion with Ow Yao Han in 2009, combined well with Ee Yi, world junior champion in 2011 with Nelson Heg, to beat fifth seeds Khim Wah-Yao Han in the men’s doubles semi-finals on Saturday.
The pair, who had to earn passage into the main draw via the qualifying rounds, came back strongly from a game down to beat their SEA Games-bound compatriots 21-23, 21-8, 27-25.
It was their third scalp of the tournament, having beaten top seeds Hafiz Faisal-Putra Eka Rhoma of Indonesia in the first round and V Shem-Teo Kok Siang in the quarter-finals.
Kah Ming-Ee Yi will certainly fancy their chances of a first title together when they take on seventh seeds Selvanus Geh-Alfian Eko Prasetya of Indonesia in Sunday’s final.