Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing crash out as Malaysia’s campaign ends in Macau Open

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Lai Pei Jing lies on court after failing to return the match point shot from Tse Ying Suet.

Macau: Malaysia’s hope fizzled out after all 3 pairs were defeated in the semifinals of Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championship held at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion on Saturday.Lai Pei Jing lies on court after failing to return the match point shot from Tse Ying Suet.

The No. 3 seeds mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing traded punches in the second against No. 7 seeds Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong, saving 9 match points before Tan/Lai finally cracked to go down 15-21, 28-30 in that exhilarating semi-finals encounter. The Hong Kong pair will play unseeded Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui of China in the final.

Women’s doubles No. 2 seeds Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei found themselves playing through an unheralded pair Anggia Shitta Awanda/Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut in the semi-finals as they weren’t able to match the intensity, speed and resilience from the Indonesians to lose 21-13, 19-21 and 10-21 in 61 minutes.

In a one-sided affair, another Malaysian women’s doubles pair, Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean were demolished by No. 1 seeds Qingchen/Jia Yifan of China 15-21 and 9-21.

Men’s singles top seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan is set to play Zhao Jun Peng of China in the finals on Sunday.

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