Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying crash out of Korea Open

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Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong should be more stable on the court. (photo: AFP)

Seoul: Malaysia’s challenge in the Korea Open Super Series Badminton Championship has ended on Saturday after both men’s doubles and mixed doubles pairs were sent packing by their respective opponents.Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong should be more stable on the court. (photo: AFP)

Rio Olympic men’s doubles silver medalists, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong had to dig deep when they were trailed 4-11 in the first set against Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen of China, before clawing their way back into the match by winning the first set 21-18.

The fast and furious young pair of Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen did not let victory slipped through their fingers again in the second set by winning the game 21-15 against the Malaysian pair.

The decider was completely one-sided as Li/Liu beat Goh/Tan 21-13 to advance to their second straight Superseries finals in two weeks. Li/Liu won the men’s doubles title at last week’s Japan Open Superseries.

Li/Liu will play No. 1 seeds Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong in the final. Lee/Yoo defeated Huang Kaixiang/Wang Yilyu of China 21-11, 21-16 in the other men’s doubles semifinals.       

In mixed doubles, another Rio Olympics silver medalists from Malaysia, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying also fizzled out after losing to No. 1 seeds Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na of Korea 21-15, 14-21, 15-21 in the semifinals.

Ko/Kim are set to play Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen of China on Sunday. The 2 pairs battled in last week’s Japan Open final, when Zheng/Chen came out as the winners.

The host country also guaranteed Korean presence in 3 other events when Son Wan-ho will play unseeded Qiao Bin of China in the men’s singles final; while Sung Ji-hyun who cruised past compatriot Kim Hyo-min in the semis will take on Japanese Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles final.

Lastly, South Korea’s top women’s doubles pair Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan also made the final and will clash with China’s Luo Ying/Luo Yu sisters for the women’s doubles crown.

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