By : K.M. Boopathy
WORLD No 2 Lee Chong Wei and high-riding women's doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui advanced to the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open with convincing victories in Odense yesterday.
Chong Wei, the second seed, beat Poland's Przemyslaw Wacha 21-12, 21-13 in the second round match which lasted 30 minutes.
Pei Tty-Eei Hui, who eliminated World No 1 Zhang Yawen-Wei Yili of China in the first round, defeated India's Jwala Gupta-Shruti Kurian 22-20, 21-19 to book their place in the last eight. They will play China's Zhao Tinting-Yu Yang today.
Chong Wei will meet Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who beat compatriot Taufik Akbar Hidayat 23-21, 21-19, in the last eight today.
Sony defeated Chong Wei in the third round of the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur in August but the former got his revenge en route to the Japan Open title last month.
In another second round match, Hafiz Hashim faced a relatively easy encounter against Joachim Persson of Denmark late yesterday.
China's first semi-final berth in the singles was confirmed with fourth seed Bao Chunlai and seventh seed Chen Jin meeting each other in the quarter-finals today.
Chunlai eliminated Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 19-21, 21-6, 21-15 while Chen Jin defeated Shoji Sato of Japan 21-17, 21-14 in the second round.
In the men's doubles, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were involved in a late second round match against Hendra Gunawan-Joko Riyadi of Indonesia last night.
The Malaysian camp received a rude shock when Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah were beaten 23-21, 13-21, 21-17 by American pair Bob Malaythong-Howard Bach in the first round on Wednesday, but Kien Keat-Boon Heong avoided suffering the same fate after they beat Singapore's Hendri Kurniawan Saputra-Hendra Wijaya 21-14, 21-15 in their opening match.
World Champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia stayed on course when they edged China's Guo Zhendong-Xie Zhongbo 22-20, 17-21, 21-19 to reach the last eight . They will play fellow Indonesian pair Rian Sukmawan-Yonathan Dasuki, who had beaten compatriots Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto 21-17, 15-21, 21-10, today.
Second Round Results — Men's singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Przemyslaw Wacha (Pol) 21-12, 21-13; Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) bt Taufik Akbar Hidayat (Ina) 23-21, 21-19; Chen Jin (Chn) bt Shoji Sato (Jpn) 21-17, 21-14; Bao Chunlai (Chn) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 19-21, 21-6, 21-15;
Doubles: Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Guo Zhendong-Xie Zhongbo (Chn) 22-20, 17-21, 21-19; Rian Sukmawan-Yonathan Dasuki (Ina) bt Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto (Ina) 21-17, 15-21, 21-10.
Women's doubles: Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui (Mas) bt Jwala Gupta-Shruti Kurian (Ind) 22-20, 21-19; Zhao Tingting-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Anastasia Russkikh-Ekaterina Ananina (Rus) 21-11, 21-5.