Jakarta: As one of the qualifying tournaments for next year’s Rio Olympics, this week’s BCA Indonesia Open has been more competitive than its previous editions.
After struggling all afternoon to find their rhythm, Malaysia’s men’s doubles Goh V Shem and Tan Week Kiong suffered their second round exit at the $800,000 BCA Indonesia Open on Thursday as they slumped to a stunning straight-set 21-14, 21-15 defeat against 8th seeds Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan of China in 30 minutes.
No Malaysians left at Indonesia Open after Goh/Tan were ousted from the tournament.
Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng will fight 2 seeds Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen of Denmark for a spot in the semi-finals on Friday.
Men’s doubles No. 1 seeds Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea overcame the resilient challenge from Marcus Ellis/ Chris Langridge of England before recording their victory against the England pair 16-21, 21-11, 21-16 in 77 minutes. Meanwhile, home favorites Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia advanced to the quarter-finals after they ended compatriots Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo’s run with a 21-17,21-15 victory.
Men’s singles top seed Chen Long stayed on course in his bid to lift the Indonesia Open trophy, defeating Rajiv Ouseph 21-16, 21-10 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals in Jakarta. 18-year-old Indonesian shuttler, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting created an upset after defeating fourth seed K. Srikanth, 14-21, 22-20, 21-13, in Thursday’s second round, making him the only qualifier left in the tournament. 6th seed Wang Zhengming of China also bowed out from the tournament when he lost to Kenichi Tago of Japan 13-21, 15-21.
Dyonisius Hayom Rumbaka ended his Indonesia Open campaign after losing to reigning champion Jan O. Jorgensen, 21-12, 14-21, 21-14. Tommy Sugiarto also ended his campaign with a 16-21, 22-20, 21-19 loss to Marc Zwiebler of Germany.
In women’s singles, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan pulled off an upset by defeating top seed Li Xuerui of China in 3-set 12-21, 21-18, 21-13.
Top women’s doubles pair, Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan was also handed a shock second-round defeat by unseeded women’s pair from South Korea, Lee So Hee/Chan Shin Seung in straight-set, losing 15-21, 13-21.