Soon Huat-Shevon in German Open mixed doubles final

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# V Shem-Wee Kong fall in the semis

Malaysia had a mixed day in the German Open semi-finals in Mulheim with mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie coming through a tough match against Koreans Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung to reach the final.

The third seeds Malaysians fought tooth and nail in a 78-minute encounter to prevail 23-21, 23-25, 21-13 against the eighth seeded Koreans.

In the final Soon Huat-Shevon will face a Danish hurdle Niclas Nohr-Sara Thygesen. The Danes upset China’s He Jiting-Du Yue in another three game match 21-19, 19-21, 21-17 in 69 minutes.

It is certainly a big boost to Soon Huat-Shevon for the All-England campaign in Birmingham next week. This is their third semi-finals this season.

In the quarter-finals the Malaysians gained sweet revenge when they downed Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-14, 18-21, 23-21.

The Thais beat the Malaysians to win the KL2017 Sea Games gold medal in Kuala Lumpur in August last year.

While the Soon Huat-Shevon celebrated it was the end for men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong. The top doubles pair fell to a 21-17, 18-21, 21-19 defeat to the Japan’s Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko in 52 minutes. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH

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