PETALING JAYA: The much improved pair of Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo finally qualified for their first ever final appearance when they smashed past their Thai opponents in the semi-finals of the Indonesian Open GP Gold at East Kalimantan yesterday.
Khe Wei-Vivian twice came close to reaching their first career final in the Thailand Open back in May and the Taiwan Open last month only to falter in the semi-finals.
This time, however, the young pair made no mistake as they led from start to finish against Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn-Punyada Munkitchokecharoen winning 21-12, 21-13 in just 29 minutes.
It was a tremendous effort from the Khe Wei-Vivian who have really stepped up a gear and shown great improvement lately.
“Khe Wei and Vivian have really improved a lot. Their results of late is testimony of that and I’m happy that they managed to reach their first final,” said Badminton Association of Malaysia secretary Ng Chin Chai.
“I’m also happy at how they’ve pick up themselves over the past year and they can really develop into a top pair in two to three years time. When Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty retire in the future, Khe Wei-Vivian have the potential to replace them.”
Chin Chai also said that the second tier shuttlers in the national squad have also been making good progress and there is still a chance to win medals in the Jakarta SEA Games later in November.
“There is no sure bet for the gold medal but if these players continue improving, we could still have a chance,” said Chin Chai.
Meanwhile, Khe Wei-Vivian will have a tough hurdle in today’s final if they are to win their first ever Open title.
They will take on eighth seeds Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin of China, a pair they have never played before although Khe Wei-Vivian faced Bao Yixin once when she partnered Cheng Shu back in the Thailand Open in May. They lost that match.
In other results, Taufik Hidayat’s woeful form continued when he was easily beaten by compatriot Tommy Sugiarto 10-21, 15-21.
The seventh seeded Sugiarto will take on compatriot Dionysius Hayom Rumbakain an all-Indonesian men’s singles final.
Men’s Singles: Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 21-10, 21-15; Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (Ina) bt Alamsyah Yunus (Ina) 24-22, 20-22, 21-13.
Men’s Doubles: Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano (Ina) w.o. Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu (Tpe); Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) bt Yohannes Rendy Sugiarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan (Ina) 21-16, 21-18.
Women’s Doubles: Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo (Mas) bt Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn-Punyada Munkitchokecharoen (Tha) 21-12, 21-13; Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin (Chn) bt Anneke Feinya Agustin-Nitya Maheshwari (Ina) 21-17, 21-18.