WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei advanced to the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open after ousting compatriot Hafiz Hashim while three Malaysian pairs also stayed in the hunt in Jakarta yesterday.
Chong Wei, the top seed, secured a 21-7, 19-21, 21-7 win over Hafiz in 36 minutes to remain on course for his second Indonesia Open crown. He won the title in 2007.
Hafiz hardly gave any resistance in the first game as Chong Wei scored a 21-7 win in just eight minutes. However, thing got better for Hafiz in the second game when he raced to a surprise 8-2 lead and forced a decider with a close 21-19 win.
But Chong Wei shifted gears in the third game and raced to a 21-7 victory to foil Hafiz’s attempt of an upset.
Veteran Wong Choong Hann gave a token resistance to Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia before succumbing to a 21-8, 21-12 defeat in 34 minutes.
In the men’s doubles, World No 4 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and defending champions Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari checked into the last eight in contrasting fashions.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong were forced to come back from a game down and also survive some anxious moments in the rubber before notching a 16-21, 21-14, 22-20 win over China’s Xu Chen-Guo Zhendong in the second round.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, who comfortably led 19-16 in the third game but allowed their opponents to draw level before clinching a 22-20 win, will play Indonesia’s Luluk Hadiyanto-Joko Riyadi, who beat Singapore Open champions Nathan Robertson-Anthony Clark 21-16, 24-22, next.
Zakry-Fairuz secured a comprehensive 21-16, 21-13 win over compatriots Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng in 29 minutes to set up a quarter-final showdown against South Korean No 1 Jung Jae Sung-LeeYong Dae.
In the women’s doubles, World No 1 Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui stuttered against India’s Jwala Gupta-Ashwini Ponnappa before winning 21-9, 19-21, 21-15 in 37 minutes to book a quarter-final date against South Korea’s Lee Kyung Won-Lee Hyo Jung today.
Second round results — Men’s Singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Hafiz Hashim (Mas) 21-7, 19-21, 21-7; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) 21-17, 19-21, 21-10; Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) bt Wong Choong Hann (Mas) 21-8, 21-12; Chan Yan Kit (HK) bt Joachim Persson (Den) 24-22, 21-13; Peter Gade Christensen (Den) bt Nguyen Tien Minh (Vie) 13-21, 21-19, 21-14; Lin Dan (Chn) bt Hsieh Yu Hsing (Tai) 21-12, 21-12.
Doubles: Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Hendra Wijaya-Hendri Kurniawan Saputra (Sin) 21-11, 18-21, 21-18; Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) bt Xu Chen-Guo Zhendong (Chn) 16-21, 21-14, 22-20; Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari (Mas) bt Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng (Mas) 21-16, 21-13; Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae (Kor) bt Chai Bioa-Liu Xiaolong (Chn) 21-18, 21-13.
Women’s Doubles: Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui (Mas) bt Jwala Gupta-Ashwini Ponnappa (Ind) 21-9, 19-21, 21-15.
Mixed Doubles: Lee Yong Dae-Lee Hyo Jung (Kor) bt Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin (Mas) 21-16, 21-17; Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) bt Razif Latif-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) 21-13, 21-19.