Singapore: The mixed doubles No. 8 seeds Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia sent shockwaves through the Singapore Open on Friday with their stunning victory over No. 4 seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen of Denmark 10-21, 21-18, 21-18 in a hard-fought quarter-final match on Friday.
Tan/Lai are set to take on Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand on Saturday. The Thailand pair also pulled off an upset in the quarter-finals, defeating No. 7 seeds Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto of Indonesia 21-17, 21-13.
On the contrary, Malaysia’s No. 1 men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong suffered another setback as the former World No. 1 pair lost to Hardianto Hardianto-Berry Angriawan of Indonesia 21-15, 21-15 in just 36 minutes.
After the match, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong refused to comment on their performances, while Hardianto felt relief with their victory.
“Goh/Tan made a lot of unforced errors that gave us good opportunities to beat them,” said Hardianto.
Hardianto/Angriawan are set to take on No. 4 seeds Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen of China in the semifinals.