Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong falter, Tommy Sugiarto advance at French Open

Tan Wee Kiong (left) - Goh V Shem suffer French Open exit on Friday

Paris: Malaysian pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong’s hope of winning the French Open men’s doubles title took a hit on Friday with a 21-19,18-21, 14-21 loss to Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin of Chinese Taipei in the quarter finals of the French Open.Tan Wee Kiong (left) - Goh V Shem suffer French Open exit on Friday


Goh-Tan got off to a good start in the first set, after the score was tied at 16-16, they swept past the Taiwanese pair to win game. However, Lee-Tsai played with a lot more confidence in the second set, en route to winning the game and forcing a decider. Lee-Tsai refused to succumb to the growing volatility in the third set, they didn’t give the Malaysian pair any chance after 12-12 and went on to take the decider  21-14.Tommy Sugiarto plays Chou Tien Chen in the men's singles semi-final

Meanwhile, men’s doubles top seed Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark  prevailed in the quarter-finals to clinch a hard fought victory against Chai Biao-Hong Wei of China 21-15,18-21 21-15.

World number five Tommy Sugiarto from Indonesia had to fight back from a set down before beating Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-13, 17-21, 21-18 to reach the men’s singles semi-finals of the French Open. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus were trailing 0-5 in the second set, before he stormed back to take the game into a decider. Vittinghus spent most of the third set playing catch-up, but the Denmark shuttler managed to level scores at 18-18 before Tommy Sugiarto woke up and scored three straight points to claim the match. Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan defeated Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 12-21, 21-18, 21-15 in other men’s singles quarter-finals. Both Wang Zhengming and Kento Momota cruised through the quarter-finals, and will face each other in the men’s singles semi-finals on Saturday.

In women’s singles, number one seed Li Xuerui of China breezed past Chloe Magee from Ireland 21-19, 21-13; Wang Shixian knocked off Saina Nehwal of India 21-19,19-21,21-15 and Wang Yihan from China beat Zhang Beiwen of USA 23-21 21-14.


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