Ho Chi Minh City: World No. 19 Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia brushed aside Indonesia’s Andrei Adistia/Vita Marissa in straight sets to advance to the mixed doubles semi-finals of the Vietnam Open on Friday.
The Malaysians have had a tough time getting over Adistia/ Marissa in 45 minutes, before winning 21-19, 21-19 to set up a clash with winners of the US Open, No. 5 seeds Huang Kaixiang/Huang Dongping of China. The Chinese pair made it to the semi-finals after their quarter-finals opponents Markis Kido/Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth were forced to retire with 14-21, 21-11, 6-5.
“After winning the 1st set, we lost our focus momentarily, where we allowed the Indonesians to surge ahead of us. Fortunately, we were able to shrug off the few shaky moments, to fight back and to seal the second set,” said Liu Ying.
On the other hand, Chan Peng Soon is wary of their next opponents in Vietnam Open.
“Playing the Chinese pair is going be a tough test for us. We have never played them, but we do know that they are very impressive. I will try my best to defeat them,” said Peng Soon.
Also through to the semi-finals was Chong Wei Feng, who needed 41 minutes to defeat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 22-20, 21-15 in the men’s singles quarter-finals. Wei Feng will next face veteran South Korean Lee Hyun Il, who beat Sameer Verma of India 21-15, 24-22 on Friday.
Meanwhile, in men’s doubles, Koo Kien Keat/ Tan Boon Heong have bowed out from the tournament, after losing to No. 4 seeds Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesian 21-15, 21-19 in 36 minutes.