Mexico City GP: Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong ousted in semis

Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying are one win away from the Mexico GP title.

Mexico City: About a day after celebrating their stunning comeback from a one set deficit against Heather Olver/Lauren Smith of England, women’s doubles No. 1 seeds Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei found themselves struggling to maintain control over Shizuka Matsuo/Mami Naito of Japan, crashing out of the Mexico City GP semi-final with 16-21, 21-23 in 51 minutes on Saturday.Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying are one win away from the Mexico GP title.

 The unseeded Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito are set to face another unseeded pair Puttita Supajirakul/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the final.

In mixed doubles, No. 2 seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia were barely troubled by Singaporeans No. 3 seeds Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Vanessa Neo as the Malaysian dominated Chrisnanta/Neo in a 21-14, 21-13 scamper into the finals of the Mexico City GP final. Chan/Goh will clash with No. 4 seeds Choi Solgyu/Won Eom Hye of Korea for the mixed doubles title.

Artem Pochtarev from Ukraine who defeated No. 1 seed Ajay Jayaram of India yesterday, could not carry his momentum into the semi-finals. He went down to Pannawit Thongnuam of Thailand in a hard-fought 3 setter, losing 16-21, 21-16, 17-21. Thongnuam will play Lee Dong Keun of Korea for the men’s singles crown on Sunday.

Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Bae Yeon Ju of Korea will clash with No. 7 seed Sayaka Sato from Japan for the women’s singles title after defeating Natalia Perminova of Russia 17-21, 21-12, 21-17 in the semi-final.

Men’s doubles No. 2 seeds Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong’s hopes of winning their back-to-back titles in two weeks were dashed by Bodin Issara/Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand. The two pairs went neck-and-neck in the first set, before Goh/Tan were broken down after 19-19 to let the first set slipped away by losing 19-21. The Malaysian pair was pretty much behind the entire second set, allowing Issara/Puangpuapech to dictate play and win the second set 21-18. Issara/Puangpuapech will play No. 3 seeds Manu Attri/B. Sumeeth Reddy of India for the men’s doubles title on Sunday.


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