BUKIT JALIL: The onus was on Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah to step up and deliver and the pair responded with gusto as they charged into the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The sole Malaysian survivors of the men’s doubles event, V Shem-Khim Wah were in superb form on Friday as they smashed their way past England’s Chris Langridge-Peter Mills 21-16, 21-14 in the quarter-finals.
It was just the kind of performance the pair, back together for a third time following several split-ups, needed.
It bettered their quarter-final appearance at the Korean Open last week and it is their best showing at a Super Series event since making the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open last year.
“We expected a tough match but it wasn’t as hard as we thought it would be,” said V Shem.
“This win is good for our confidence and we will definitely try to go a step further this time.”
Khim Wah added that they have picked up their performance since the first round and are eager to make their mark this time.
“We have put our differences from last year behind us and we just want to focus on this year.
“We’re definitely playing a lot better but we will need to prepare more for the semi-finals,” said Khim Wah.
The pair, who are currently ranked No. 17 in the world, will meet Angga Pratama-Rian Agung Saputra of Indonesia for a place in the final.
The world No. 11 also produced a strong display to dump fifth seeds Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea in the quarter-finals.
“The Koreans had a strong defence and we had to play a patient game with more rallies ... I’m glad it worked,” said Angga.
The other semi-final will feature Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa and China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei.
On Friday, sixth seeds Endo-Hayakawa ended the grand run of Taiwan’s Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin while Chai Biao-Hong Wei stopped Indonesians Markis Kido-Gideon Markus Fernaldi.