Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing stage rally to reach Malaysia Open semis

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Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing celebrate their Malaysia Open quarter-final win against Tontowi Ahmad/Winny Oktavina Kandow. (photo: BAM)
Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing celebrate their Malaysia Open quarter-final win against Tontowi Ahmad/Winny Oktavina Kandow. (photo: BAM)

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia will not be starved for representation in the semi-finals of the Malaysia Open.

Unseeded mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing overcame a tough first set to outlast Tontowi Ahmad/Winny Oktavina Kandow of the Indonesia 17-21, 21-16, 21-16 on Friday to qualify for the final four. Tan/Lai will take on China’s No. 2 seeds Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping next.

Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping on the other hand, had to dig deep to win a nail biter three-setter against No. 5 seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia 21-19, 16-21, 27-25 in 82 minutes.

After the match, both Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying admitted they have given their best against Wang/Huang, and were looking for better performance at the Singapore Open next week.

“Technically, we didn’t lose to the Chinese pair, we only have ourselves to blame for the defeat because we made some unforced errors at the end of the decider,” said Goh Liu Ying.

The No. 1 seeds Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong of China will meet No. 4 seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in another mixed doubles semi-final.

In women’s singles, the World No. 1 Taiwanese battled past Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-19, 21-13 in 35 minutes on Friday. Tai’s victory also guaranteed her to maintain the World No. 1 position in next week’s BWF World rankings.

Tai will set up a semi-final clash with China’s young star and World No. 2 Chen Yufei, who defeated Tai for the first time their 12th career meeting in the final All England last month.

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