Vivian Hoo- Ng Hui Lin in Korean Open Semis

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Vivian Hoo (left) and Ng Hui Lin in Korea Open semi-final

Jeonju City: It’s a difficult battle, but Vivian Hoo- Ng Hui Lin continued to edge ahead at the Korean Open Grand Prix in Jeonju City. The Perak Open champion fought off the heat and fourth-seeds Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota of Japan 15-21, 21-18, 21-8 to reach the women’s doubles semi-final. They will face top seeds Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan of South Korea on Saturday.Vivian Hoo (left) and Ng Hui Lin in Korea Open semi-final

“We had a sluggish  first set, but we managed to regroup, and stay calm to find our rhythm in second and third set to win the match,” said Hui Lin.
 
In men’s singles, it was a heartbreaking loss for 20-year-old men’s singles player Tan Kian Meng of Malaysia. He couldn’t finish the game when leading 18-16 in the third set before falling to the Japanese Kazumasa Sakai 12-21, 21-15, 26-28 in 78 minutes. Another Malaysian shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin also lost 22-20, 20-22, 16-20 to South Korean Yim Jong-woo in a hard-fought quarter-final contest.
 
Scratch pair Lim Khim Wah-Ow Yao Han put up good fight in 16-21, 24-22, 22-24 loss to reigning men’s doubles world champion South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol.
 
The mixed doubles pair of Wong Fai Yin and Chow Mei Kuan presented a stiff challenge for sixth seeds Choi Sol-kyu-Shin Seung-chin of South Korea. Wong Fai Yin and Chow Mei Kuan gave the Korean a run for their money before losing 28-30, 21-18, 19-21.

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