Auckland: World No. 257 Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah of Malaysia overcame a shaky second set to secure their passages into the men’s doubles semi-final of New Zealand Open on Friday. But following defeats for the other remaining Malaysian players, Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah found themselves to be Malaysia’s sole hope in the tournament.
Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah fought back from a mid-match stumble against reigning China Masters champions Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China, to prevail at the New Zealand open men’s doubles quarter-finals by winning 21-15, 14-21, 21-19 in 50 minutes. The duo will take on 7th seeds Inafajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia on Saturday.
Another Malaysia men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong had no answer to unseeded pair Markis Kido/Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra of Indonesia as they slipped to a straight-sets defeat 20-22, 13-21 in just 27 minutes.
Malaysia’s men’s singles didn’t fare so well in the quarter-finals as both Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Goh Soon Huat were shown the door on Friday.
Mohd Arif Abdul Latif crashed out 15-21, 16-21 to Qiao Bin of China while Goh Soon Huat suffered a quarter-final exit by losing to Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 18-21, 13-21 in 39 minutes.
Thien How-Khim Wah who now train under coach Rosman Razak at the Sports Affairs professional club, were happy with the performance.
“Our partnership is getting better. It’s definitely encouraging to be able to defeat the China Masters champions, and we will not underestimate the Indonesian pair in tomorrow’s semi-final,” said Khim Wah.