Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s former world No. 1 men’s pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong eased past compatriots Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi in two sets on the second day of the Malaysia Masters on Thursday, but must face a formidable pair, the 2017 World Champions Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan of China in Friday’s quarter-finals at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur Sports City.
“We are familiar with Ong/Teo as we had been sparring together. We could read their game well and could kill the shuttle faster.”
“We are still playing well together as a pair and are hoping to win as many titles as possible in 2018,” said Goh V Shem after Thursday’s match.
“We have a big test tomorrow, and we are going to give our best,” added Goh.
Meanwhile, Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan also had an easy passage in the second round when they swept past Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe of Japan 21-11, 21-13 in 34 minutes.
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong had met Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan 3 times in 2016, and the Malaysian pair had claimed two of the three matches.
In mixed doubles, the Rio Olympic silver medalists Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia recovered from dropping the second set to beat No. 6 seeds Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen of Denmark 21-18, 13-21, 21-18 in 73 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals.
Chan/Goh are set to meet Tan Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong on Friday.
“I was hurried, and made many mistakes in the second set,” said Chan.
Daren Liew was the only Malaysian left in the men’s singles event after outlasted Jeon Hyeok Jin of South Korea 21-17, 19-21, 21-16 in 70 minutes.
The World No. 1 men’s singles player, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark also cruised into the quarter-finals with a 21-17, 21-8 victory over B. Sai Praneeth of India in just 27 minutes.