Bangkok: Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Lai Jemie have breezed past top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand 21-19, 19-21, 21-17 to reach the Thailand Grand Prix Gold final on Saturday.
“We played really well in the semi-finals, I am satisfied with our performance against the Thailand pair,” said Shevon Lai.
“Soon Huat has been creating shots that made my job easier in the semi-finals,” added Shevon.
Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai who won the Malaysia International Challenge and Scottish Open title last year, will play the 2016 BWF World Junior Championships mixed doubles champions He Jiting-Du Yue of China in the final on Sunday.
“The final math will be tough. However, we do not want to think too much about it, we’ll treat it like a regular match,” added Lai.
He Jiting/Du Yue stunned the second seeds, Terry Hee Yong Kai/Tan Wei Han of Singapore 23-21 and 21-19 in another semi-finals.
Earlier in the men’s singles match, Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven was knocked out of the tournament by No. 4 seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, losing 9-21, 18-21. Christie will meet India’s No. 3 seed Sai Praneeth in the final.
In the women’s singles final, the Thai duo No. 1 seed Ratchanok Intanon and No. 4 seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan will battle for the women’s title. Ratchanok Intanon had an easy victory against Zhang Beiwen of the United States 21-18, 21-15 at the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok on Saturday, while Ongbamrungphan created an upset by beating India’s No. 2 seed Saina Nehwal 21-19, 21-18 in 53 minutes.