New Delhi: Malaysian No. 4 mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying survived a tougher than expected fight from Kim Gi Jung/Shin Seung Chan of Korea by a 22-20, 19-21, 21-15 score line to advance to the India Open final four at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, India on Friday.
The Rio Olympic mixed doubles silver medalists will meet No. 1 seeds Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen who beat the Japanese No. 6 seeds Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara 21-12, 21-16 in 29 minutes.
After being defeated in quarter-finals of All England 3 weeks ago, men’s doubles top pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong was destroyed again by the same opponents No. 5 seeds Liu Yuchen/Li Junhui of China, crashing out 15-21, 17-21 in only 33 minutes.
The so-called “Twin Towers” Chinese pair will take on No. 6 seeds Ricky Karandasuwardi/Angga Pratama in the semifinals, after the Indonesian pair eked out a tough victory against Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang of Taiwan 22-20, 25-23 in 36 minutes.
In men’s singles, No. 3 seeds Viktor Axelsen of Denmark remained on course for the India Open title by overcoming a relentless Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan, seeing off the Taiwanese player 19-21, 21-14, 21-16 in 64 minutes.
Axelsen is set to take on No. 6 seed Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong who was also made to work before beating Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 10-21, 21-15, 21-19.