Bangkok: World No. 13 mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon/ Goh Liu Ying from Malaysia was in awesome form as they have reached the final of the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters tournament in Bangkok on Friday.
Chan/Goh outclassed Bodin Issara/Savitree Amitrapai of Thailand 21-18, 21-14 in 42 minutes in the semi-finals and will face dark horses Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen of China next.
Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen on the other hand, have defeated No. 1 seeds Ko Sung Hyun /Kim Ha Na in the quarter-finals, and No. 3 seeds Reginald Lee Chun Hei/Chau Hoi Wah en route to the final, and will surely prove a tough nut to crack for Chan/Goh in the final clash.
Malaysia’s Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei ended their women’s doubles challenges in the Thailand Master after they were knocked out by Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang of China, 11-21 and 11-21 in the semi-finals. Tang/Yu will play compatriots No. 3 seeds Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei on Saturday.
There were five Thailand players in the semi-finals of three events on Friday, but World No.5 Ratchanok was the only Thai survivor in the tournament after she won a hard-fought 21-15, 22-20 women’s singles semi-final against third seed Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea.
Ratchanok will take on fourth seed Sun Yu of China, who defeated another Thai hopeful Busanan Ongbumrungpan 21-16, 21-11.
Lee Hyun-Il who has enjoyed great run in Thailand during 2015 where he won both the Thailand International Challenge and Thailand Open, was able to stop local shuttler Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the men’s singles semis, defeating the Thai shuttler 21-11, 21-11. Lee will take on Hu Yun of Hong Kong in the final. Hu put on a stellar performance by pulling off an upset against South Korean second seed Son Wan Ho 11-21, 24-22, 21-16.
In the final of the men’s doubles, No. 1 seeds Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia are going to face off in a mouth-watering clash against No.2 seeds Kim Gi-Jung and Kim Sa-Rang of South Korea.