Macau: Malaysia’s hopes in the men’s singles event of the Macau Open now rest on the shoulders of Chong Wei Feng as three others were shown the exit on Thursday.
The unseeded former Malaysia national player Chong Wei Feng received a bye in the second round on Wednesday after last week’s Hong Kong Open champion Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong has pulled out of the tournament. Chong had to dig deep to progress to the quarter-finals on Thursday eventually beating Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-17, 19-21, 21-18 in 72 minutes.
Chong will play Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan on Friday after the No. 6 seed from Taiwan moved past another former Malaysia national player, Tan Chun Seang 21-19 and 21-10 in 35 minutes.
Daren Liew who shocked No. 8 seed Wei Nan couldn’t pull off another victory against Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu of Indonesia, bowing out 13-21, 21-17, 15-21.
The 2015 World junior champion Goh Jin Wei breezed through to the quarter-finals after her Indonesian opponent Rusydina Antardayu Riodingin retired at interval in the second set. Goh Jin Wei will play the 2016 World Junior champion Chen Yufei in last eight. Meanwhile, No. 5 seed Tee Jing Yi was knocked out by Chen Xiaoxin of China 21-17, 21-19.
Malaysia’s women’s doubles pairs Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean and No. 2 seeds Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei all swept their respective opponents during the second round of plays to advance to the quarter-finals. Chow/Lee will play Hsu Ya Ching/Wu Ti Jung of Taiwan while Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei will meet another Taiwanese pair Wen Hao Yun/Ye Jing Ya in the final eight.
In mixed doubles, No. 1 sees Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying also advanced to the quarter-finals and will now play Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui of China next; while No. 3 seeds Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing will take on No. 8 seeds Alfian Eko Prasetya/Annisa Saufika of Indonesia on Friday.