Balikpapan: 16-year-old Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia is one win away from winning her second international title in 2016. The World Junior Champion who won the Orleans International title in France in April, showed her class in the women’s singles semi-finals of Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championship on Saturday, when she upset No. 2 seed Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand 21-18, 21-5 in 32 minutes at the Dome Arena in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
However, awaiting Goh in the finals is another Thai player, the No. 1 seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan. The top seed edged past compatriot Pornpawee Chochuwong 16-21, 21-15, 21-15 in the other women’s singles semifinal match that lasted exactly an hour.
There was more great news for the Malaysian camp, as mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing picked up a 21-19, 21-15 triumph over No. 8 seeds Edi Subaktiar-Richi Puspita Dili of Indonesia in the semi-finals.
Tan/Lai who won the Vietnam GP title in July, will clash with another Indonesian pair, the No. 2 seeds Ronald Alexander-Melati Daeva Oktavianti for their second mixed doubles title of the year.
“It’s really out of our expectation to be able to reach the final,” said Lai.
“However, we need to keep our focus and do not let pressure get to us.”
The Indonesian Masters final would be Tan/Lai’s 5th finals of the year.
On the other hand, Malaysian men’s doubles Chooi Kah Ming/Low Juan Shen’s remarkable Indonesian Open run ended with defeat by China’s Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong, the Malaysian pair bowed out 18-21, 21-15, 19-21 in 53 minutes.