Basel: As Malaysia’s sole representatives in the men’s doubles, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were pushed hard by Indonesian pair Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo before booking the Swiss Open final berths on Sunday.
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were once trailed 13-18 in the first set but were able to score five straight points to stay alive and then rebounded to win the first set at 21-19. There were a lot of high quality rallies in the second set, after falling behind early in the game, the Malaysian pair resisted the sustained pressure, played with more intensity and energy to finally surge ahead and win the pivotal second set with 21-19.
“It was a good game today, we managed to stay calm to beat the Indonesians,” said Goh V Shem.
“We still have a lot of works to do, since we needed one more game in order to win the Swiss Open. Hopefully we can go all the way though, as it is critical for our world ranking,” explained Goh.
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong will play third seeds Cai Yun/Lu Kai of China in the final.
As expected, the semifinal clash between Kidambi Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram turned out to be a thrilling affair as the duo staged a grim battle in Basel on Saturday. Top seed Srikanth staved off a stiff challenge from a much improved Jayaram to reach his maiden Swiss Open final. After faltering in the first game, the World No. 4 Kidambi Srikanth made good ground in the second game before edging out his senior 17-21, 21-15, 21-18. Kidambi Srikanth faces Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the men’s singles final.
In mixed doubles, top seeds Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia were stunned by Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin of China losing 21-19,21-19. Liu Cheng will take on compatriots Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Sun Yu of China will square off against Busanan Ongbumrungpan of Thailand for the women’s singles title.