Changzhou: Malaysia’s interest in the China Masters is over when Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying were shown the exit respectively in women’s doubles, and mixed doubles semi-finals of the 2015 China Masters in Changzhou, China on Saturday.
Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei had a good chance at winning the first set when they were once leading 19-17 in the semi-final match, but their Chinese opponents Tang Jinhua/Zhong Qianxin of China were refused to call it quits and drew level at 19-19. The score was then tied at 20-20, 21-21 before the Chinese pair snatched the first set away with a 23-21 win. Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei appeared demoralized by their first set loss, after the Tang Jinhua/Zhong Qianxin levelled the score at 8-8, the Malaysian pair seemed to be near the limit of their fuel and was dumped out of the tournament by losing the second set 9-21.
In a mixed doubles semi-final match that was full of questionable referee decisions, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying produced one of their best performance since their reunion in January by stretching China’s top seeds Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin to the limit before went down 17-21, 21-17, 17-21 in 63 minutes.
“I am still not fully recovered yet, but we played a very mature match, and I need to get use to the highly competitive environment again,” said Goh Liu Ying.
On Sunday, except for the mixed doubles final, where Indonesian pair Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja will take on top seeds Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin of China, China continued its strong dominance in badminton where its shuttlers have monopolized the final in four other events.
In women’s singles final Hui Xirui will play He Bing Jiao, Wang Zhengming will meet Huang Yuxiang in men’s singles final, and Tang Jinhua/Zhong Qianxin will clash with Bao Yixin/Tang Yuanting in women’s doubles final. Meanwhile, Wang Yilv/Zhang Wen and Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen will battle for the men’s doubles crown.