Jakarta: Despite losing to Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong in the semi-final of Malaysia Masters last Saturday, Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai showed their resilience to overcome last year’s Japan Open champions and the No. 2 seeds Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping of China 12-21, 21-19, 21-19 in the mixed doubles first round of Indonesia Masters on Tuesday.
Goh/Lai are set to face Choi Solgyu/Chae Yoo Jung of Korea in the second round on Thursday. Choi/Chae also came off a 42 mintues fight to beat Lu Kai/Zhou Chaomin of China 21-19, 21-16.
Other Malaysian mixed doubles pair and No. 7 seeds Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing however managed to survive a surprise test from unseeded Niclas Nohr/Sara Thygesen of Denmark, reeling off 5 straight points to take the first set 22-20, and breezing through the opener in Jakarta by winning the second set 21-12.
Tan/Lai are scheduled to meet the winner between Rinov Rivaldy/Angelica Wiratama and Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif/Rusydina Antardayu Riodingin when both pairs will meet each other on Wednesday.
In women’s singles qualification, Malaysia’s 2015 World Junior Champion Goh Jin Wei turned the qualifying match into an exhibition as she needed only 23 minutes to outlast Indian player Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli 21-7, 21-9.
“Due to several withdrawals, I was informed about playing the Indian player at the last minute,” said Goh.
Goh will face Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia in the main draw on Wednesday.