Mulheim-An-Der-Rhur: Malaysia’s unseeded Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong gained revenge for their 2018 Thailand Masters semi-final defeat to Tinn Isriyanet/Kittisak Namdash of Thailand by overcoming the Thai pair in German Open second round 21-15, 21-16 on Thursday.
Goh/Tan dumped Isriyanet/Namdash out in Mulheim in 31 minutes to set up a quarter-final meeting with No. 2 seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark on Friday.
Former World Champions Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan who were re-united on Jan 30, 2018 at the India Open, held off a spirited challenge from No. 5 seeds Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark to claim a 21-17, 11-21, 21-16 second round victory. Ahsan/Setiawan will take on No. 4 seeds Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang of Taiwan in the quarter-finals.
The biggest upset of the day was witnessed when men’s doubles No. 1 seeds Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda went down easily to Kim Won Ho/Seung Jae Seo of Korea 17-21, 19-21.
Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair and No. 3 seeds Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai continued their strong run by outlasting Lee Yang/Hus Ya Ching of Taiwan 21-16, 21-15 in the second round. Awaiting Goh/Lai in the quarterfinals will be No. 5 seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.
The mixed doubles No. 1 seeds Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong couldn’t hold on to their 15-9 lead in the third set, allowing unseeded He Jiting/Du Yue of China to claw back and eventually lost to the Chinese pair 16-21, 21-18, 21-19.
In men’s singles, Lin Dan, Kento Momota, Shi Yuqi, Chou Tien Chen were all through to the quarter-finals.