Malaysia’s challenge fizzles out as Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong exit Hong Kong Open

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Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong crash out in 2018 Hong Kong Open second round. (photo: AFP)
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong crash out in 2018 Hong Kong Open second round. (photo: AFP)

Kowloon: Malaysia’s interest in the 2018 Hong Kong Open has ended after Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong and two standing mixed doubles pairs left were beaten by their respective opponents in the second round of the tournament in Kowloon on Thursday.

The Rio Olympic men’s doubles silver medalists Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong paid for their errors as they lost to former World Champions Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 16-21, 21-12, 12-21 in 42 minutes.

Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan will play No. 6 seeds Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark on Friday.

Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing were beaten by Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping of China 11-21, 21-18, 6-21 in 52 minutes in the mixed doubles second round.

Another Malaysian mixed doubles pair, eighth seeded Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai also lost in straight sets, 14-21 and 16-21 to Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia in other second round match.

In a battle between Indonesia’s two best men’s singles players, the Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie got the better of No. 7 seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-15, 25-23 to set up a quarter-final meeting with World No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan.

Momota had to dig deep to bounce back from a set down to beat compatriot Kanta Tsuneyama 17-21, 21-17, 21-16 in 68 minutes.

In women’s singles, No. 6 seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand will set up her 20th career battle with World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi after beating China’s Chen Xiaoxin 21-16, 21-16 in the second round on Thursday.

World No. 1 women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying will set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash against Olympic champion Carolina Marin on Friday defeated Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi 17-21, 21-16, 21-9 while Marin overcame Michelle Li of Canada 21-14, 21-8 in the second round.

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