By : K.M. Boopathy
LEE Chong Wei was in his element as he brushed aside Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesias while World No 1 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boom Heong battled their way into the semi-finals of the Denmark Open in Odense yesterday.
Chong Wei the second seed, exacted revenge for his third round defeat to Sony in the World Championships in August when he notched a brilliant 21-18, 21-10 win in 36 minutes in the quarter-finals.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong dominated the first game and overcome a tough resistance in the second to beat Denmark's Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen 21-14, 21-19 in 38 minutes.
However, women's doubles Wong Pei Tty and Chin Ee Hui's run came to a premature end following a back injury to the latter, forcing them to concede the match against China's Zhao Tingting-Yu Yang.
Tingting-Yu Yang had won the first game 21-9, and led 6-0 in the second when Eei Hui could not push any longer after being on court for just 17 minutes.
Eei Hui had in fact suffered the injury in the second round match against India's Jwala Gupta-Shruti Kurian and it was a disappointing end after the Malaysian pair had stunned World No 1 Zhang Yawen-Wei Yili of China in the first round.
Chong Wei, who came under heavy criticism after losing tamely to Sony in the World Championships, proved that it was a temporary setback and continued his confident run with another thumping victory.
Chong Wei will meet fourth seed Bao Chunlai of China, who beat compatriot Chen Jin 21-17, 13-21 21-18, in the semi-finals today.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong's performance against the Danes was a clear intention of their seriousness in clinching their fourth super series crown but the first since the Swiss Open in March. The top Malaysian pair had also won the Malaysia Open and All England.
Meanwhile, Hafiz Hashim continued his horrific run on the international stage when he crashed 21-17, 21-15 to Danish qualifier Joachim Persson in a second round match.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong are expected to meet either world champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia or their compatriots Rian Sukmawan-Yonathan Dasuki in the last four today.
RESULTS – Q-finals, Men's singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) 21-18, 21-10; Bao Chunlai (Chn) bt Chen Jin (Chn) 21-17, 13-21, 21-18.
Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) bt Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen (Den) 21-14, 21-19.
Women's singles: Xie Xingfang (Chn) bt Lu Lan (Chn) 22-20, 15-21, 21-17.
Doubles: Zhao Tingting-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui (Mas) 21-9, 6-0 rtd; Lee Kyung Won-Lee Hyo Jung (S Kor) bt Kumiko Ogura-Reiko Shiota (Jpn) 21-12, 21-11.
Mixed doubles: Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thungthongkam (Tha) bt Anthony Clark-Robert Blair (Eng) 21-6, 21-18; Nathan Robertson-Gail Emms (Eng) bt Jens Eriksen-Helle Nielsen (Den) 19-21, 21-14, 21-19; Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen (Chn) bt Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 21-16, 21-17.