Singapore: The mixed doubles No. 2 seeds Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai have entered Singapore Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a 21-19, 21-9 victory over Ren Xiangyu/Tang Jinhua of China in 31 minutes at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The pair will face Indonesian qualifiers Rinov Rivaldy/Pitha Haningtyas Mentari on Friday.
According to the Malaysian mixed doubles head coach, Pang Cheh Chang, he was happy to see Goh/Lai were able to execute the game plan despite playing against strong drift inside the stadium.
“They were able to control the rhythm well in the first set and they had the momentum going in the second set to breeze past their opponents,” said Pang.
Also in the quarter-finals was Malaysia’s men’s singles player Chong Wei Feng, who beat Thailand’s Pannawit Thongnuam, 21-11, 21-16.
Chong, who was a former Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) player, will meet Qiao Bin of China next. The Chinese player needed 50 minutes to see off Yu Igarashi of Japan 21-14, 21-14.
However, another Malaysian men’s singles player, Daren Liew, was sent packing after losing to Indonesian player Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-23, 16-21.
In an all-Malaysian men’s doubles battle, Malaysia’s professional shuttlers Mohamad Arif Ab Latif Arif/Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub Azriyn outlasted Goh Sze Fei/Tan Wee Gieen of BAM 21-11, 21-8 to set up a quarter-final meeting with Ou Xuanyi/Ren Xiangyu of China.
On the other hand, another Malaysia men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik couldn’t hold their early lead in the decider, and even though they saved a match point in the third set, they bowed out to Indonesia’s Angga Pratama/Rian Agung Saputro 21-19, 18-21, 20-22.