Incheon: In the battle between Commonwealth Games champions Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei of Malaysia and 2013 world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang of China at the Asian Games women’s doubles last-16 match, the Malaysian pair edged their Chinese rivals in a thrilling decider to advance to the quarter-finals.
Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang played the first set in their normal form and won 21-17 in 16 minutes. Vivian-Woon managed to turn the table on Wang-Yu and took second set 21-11 in 15 minutes.
The decider was a neck and neck race with both sides trying to fend off their opponents. At 20-20, Vivian-Woon quickly reeled off two points to earn the hard fought victory.
“We played aggressively against the Chinese pair today and we didn’t let the pressure to get on us. On the other hand, Wang-Yu may have crumbled a little bit under pressure, we took full advantage on that and went on to win the match,” said Khe Wei.
“It’s just unbelievable to be able to beat the 2013 world champions and runner-up of the 2014 World Championships,” added Khe Wei.
Vivian-Woon will play world number 19 Wang Rong-Zhang Zhibo of Macau on Thursday. If they are able to advance to the semi-finals, they will become the third Malaysian women shuttlers to win badminton medal in Asian Games after Tan Gaik Bee-Ng Mei Lingin 1962 and Rosalind Singha Ang-Teoh Siew Yong in 1970.
“The Macau pair defeated world number 6 Chang Ye-Na and Kim So-yeong today, therefore, they are not to be underestimated. We will play our best and not stress about other things,” said Vivian.
Meanwhile, another Malaysian women’s doubles – Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho went down 27-29, 16-21 to Taerattanachai Sapsiree-Supajirakul Puttita of Thailand in 52 minutes.