Soon Huat-Shevon get chance to be top local mixed pair

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PETALING JAYA: Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie are just one win away from becoming the national No. 1 mixed doubles pair.

The world No. 13 put up a gallant fight to beat teammates Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing 15-21, 21-16, 21-16 in a 60-minute battle in the Indonesian Masters at Istora Senayan in Jakarta yesterday.

It was Soon Huat-Shevon’s third straight win over the world No. 11, having beaten them also in the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Masters last week and in the second round of the Korean Open last September.

Soon Huat-Shevon take on China’s Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong today and if they win, they will end a 16-month reign of Kian Meng-Pei Jing as the top national pair.

“Kian Meng-Pei Jing played well today. We got a little wobbly in the first game and were anxious,” said Shevon.

“But we steadied the ship and stepped up our game to get the better of them.

“We aren’t thinking about our world ranking. If we continue to play well, our ranking will naturally improve.

“We aim to solidify our game, take one match at a time and enjoy our flourishing partnership.”

World Superseries Finals winners Siwei-Yaqiong were impressive yesterday when they avenged their Malaysian Masters final defeat to Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet with a 21-14, 21-15 win in just 28 minutes.

Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s doubles ended when Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong went down fighting 21-18, 20-22, 21-12 to world champions Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan of China.

There was a big upset in the men’s singles yesterday when home favourite Anthony Ginting stunned Olympic champion Chen Long of China 21-11, 16-21, 21-18.

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS

Men’s singles: Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) bt Rasmus Gemke (Den) 21-9, 21-18; Son Wan-ho (Kor) bt Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) 21-14, 21-14; Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt Chen Long (Chn) 21-11, 16-21, 21-18; Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 15-21, 21-16, 21-18.

Men’s doubles: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) 20-22, 21-14, 21-14; Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 21-18, 20-22, 21-12; Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Lu Ching-yaoYang Po-han (Tpe) 12-21, 21-17, 21-10; Satwiksairaj RankireddyChirag Shetty (Ind) bt Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den) 23-21, 15-21, 21-19.

Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-11, 21-8; He Bingjiao (Chn) bt Carolina Marin (Spa) 21-19, 12-21, 21-16; Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) bt Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) 21-17, 21-10; Saina Nehwal (Ind) bt P.V. Sindhu (Ind) 21-13, 21-19.

Women’s doubles: Lee So-hee-Shin Sheung-chan (Kor) bt Della Destiara Haris-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) 21-12, 21-17; Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu (Ina) bt Chae Yoo-jung-Kim Hye-rin (Kor) 21-16, 21-15; Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen (Den) bt Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) 21-18, 21-10; Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Chang Ye-na-Jung Kyung-eun (Kor) 21-14, 21-8.

Mixed doubles: Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) bt Zhang Nan-Liu Xuanxuan (Chn) 21-18, 21-19; Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-14, 21- 15; Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (Mas) bt Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 15-21, 21-16, 21-16; Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina) bt Yantoni Edy Saputra-Marsheilla Gischa Islami (Ina) 21-11, 18-21, 21-17.