BANGKOK: Malaysia are assured of one title after dominating the men’s doubles final, but veteran shuttler and top seed Wong Choong Hann failed to overcome home ground favourite Boonsak Ponsana in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open here Saturday.
Veterans Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah will meet compatriots and world championships debutant, Chan Peng Soon and Lim Kim Wah, in the final Sunday after both pairs won their semi-final ties.
The 2009 India Open champions Tan Fook and Wan Wah easily clinched the tie against Thais Isara Bodin and Jongjit Maneepong, winning 21-16 and 21-18 in 28 minutes.
Despite playing together for the first time, Peng Soon and Khim Wah combined well to out stage third seed Alvent Yulianto and Hendra Gunawan of Indonesia 24-22, 12-21, 21-18.
But Peng Soon’s bid to make it a double failed to materialise after he and Goh Liu Ying lost 15-21 and 15-21 in the last four of the mixed doubles to second-seeded Songphon Anugritayawon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul of Thailand.
World Championships-bound Choong Hann was humbled in the final hurdles in his bid to win his first title this year, losing 21-8, 12-21 and 18-21 in the hour-long clash with third-seeded Boonsak.
In the deciding set, both shuttlers fought for every point, but Boonsak kept his cool and played with more composure to stretch the lead to 17-14.
Wong fought back with powerful smashes to narrow the score to 17-19 and 18-19, but poor play at the net let him down.
Boonsak will meet second-seeded Nguyen Tien Minh, who easily routed homester Pakkawat Vilailak 21-18 and 21-11 in the semi-finals.
It will be an all-China affair in the women’s singles after Wang Rong overcame a stubborn Nitchaon Jindapol in a thrilling three-set match, winning 21-16, 19-21 and 25-23.