# Former Thomas Cupper reaches last eight
# Men’s doubles pairs also reach the quarter-finals
By Rizal Abdullah
It has not been smooth sailing for former Thomas Cupper Chong Wei Feng but achieved a breakthrough in his career as a professional player when reached his first quarter-finals since he quit the national squad.
The 29-year-old Kedahan achieved some good results to beat higher ranked players in the USD350,000 Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open.
After his come-from-behind 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 win over Denmark Open champion and world No 10 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand, the Malaysian again showed his gritty fighting spirit to down India’s H. Prannoy in the second round on Thursday.
Wei Feng won 15-21, 21-11, 21-15 in a 58-minute match to keep his hopes alive. In the semi-finals on Friday the Malaysian faces another Indian hurdle – India’s national champion Sameer Verma. Sameer beat Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai 19-21, 21-15, 21-11.
Malaysia are also in the running in the men’s doubles pairs with two pairs battling for a place in the semi-finals.
World No 1 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong – the top seeds – gained sweet revenge over China;s Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan in a second round match. The top seeds lost the first set 19-21 but hit back in the next two sets, winning 21-17, 21-016 in 61 minutes. The Chinese beat the Malaysians in the first round in last week’s China Open in Fuzhou.
In the last eight the Malaysians will face Indonesia’s new combination Mohammad Ahsan-Rian Agung Saputro who beat compatriots Angga Pratama- Rickey Karanda Suwardi 21-18, 21-16.
However, World No 29 Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, the second ranked Malaysian men’s doubles pair, The Malaysians stunned fifth seeds Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark in the first round. In the second they gave another strong showing against Korea’s Kim Jae-hwan-Yoo Yeon-seong for a 11-21, 21-10, 21-18 win in 54 minutes.
They have a tough hurdle in the last last eight but Yew Sin-Ee Yi are not about to throw in the towel against fourth seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark. The Danes thrashed Indonesians Hendra Aprida Gunawan-Markis Kido 21-6, 21-7 in only 24 minutes.
Meanwhile third seed and last week’s China Open champion Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark is also through to the last eight when he edged Hong Kong’s Wei Nan 19-21, 21-13, 24-22 and the Dane next faces another Hong Kong player – Vincent Wong Wing Ki who overcame England’s Rajiv Ouseph 25-23, 14-21, 21-11.
India’s Ajay Jayaram beat China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-18, 21-19 to face Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long in the quarter-finals. Ka Long defeated compatriot Lee Cheuk Yiu 21-12, 21-16.
Two women’s shuttlers from India also reached the last eight with Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu beating Taiwan’s Hsu Ya Ching 21-10, 21-14 and fifth seed Saina Nehwal defeating Japan’s Sayaka Sato 21-18, 9-21, 21-16.
SECOND ROUND RESULTS (Selected)
Sameer Verma (Ind) beat Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) 19-21, 21-15, 21-11
Chong Wei Feng (Mas) beat H. S. Prannoy (Ind) 15-21, 21-11, 21-15
Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) 21-19, 21-16
Ajay Jayaram (Ind) beat Huang Yuxiang (Chn) 21-18, 21-19
Jan O Jorgensen (Den) beat Wei Nan (Hkg) 19-21, 21-13, 24-22
Vincent Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) beat Rajiv Ouseph (Eng) 25-23. 21-11
Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) beat Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) 21-12, 21-16
Hu Yun (Hkg) beat Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-17, 6-21, 21-16
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan (Chn) 19-21, 21-17, 21-16
Choi Solgyu-Ko Sung-hyun (Kor) beat Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) 21-19, 21-13
Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) beat Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) 21-14, 21-12
Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) beat Lu Kai-Zheng Siwei (Chn) 21-18, 21-23, 21-15
Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) beat Kim Jae-hwan-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) 11-21, 21-10, 21-18
Law Cheuk Him-Reginald Lee Chun Hei (Hkg) beat Lim Khim Wah-Ong Jian Guo (Mas) 21-14, 18-21, 21-13
Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) beat Hendra Apridas Gunawan-Markis Kido (Ina) 21-6, 21-17
Mohammad Ahsan-Rian Agung Saputro (Ina) beat Angga Pratama-Ricky Karanda Suwardi (Ina) 21-18, 21-16
Carolina Marin (Spn) beat Yip Pui Yin (Hkg) 21-18, 21-16
Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) beat Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky (Ina) 17-21, 21-5, 21-13
Liang Xiaoyu (Sin) beat Yeung Sum Yee (Hkg) 21-9, 21-12
Aya Ohori (Jpn) beat Linda Zetchiri (Bul) 21-17, 11-21, 21-13
Saina Nehwal (Ind) beat Sayaka Sato (Jpn) 21-18, 9-21, 21-16
Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) beat Deborah Rumete Vehrenica (Ina) 21-11, 21-10
P.V. Sindhu (Ind) beat Hsu Ya Ching (Tpe) 21-10, 21-14
Cheung Ngan Yi (Hkg) beat Nitchaon Jindapol (Tha) 6-21, 21-18, 21-7
Misaki Matsutmo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) beat Anggia Shitta Awanda-Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut (Ina) 21-19, 21-11
Bao Yixin-Yu Xiahan (Chn) beat Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (Jpn) 11-21, 21-18, 21-19
Kamilla Rhytteer Juhl-Christina Pedersen (Den) beat Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) 10-21, 21-11, 21-9
Huang Dongping-Li Yunhui (Chn) beat Naoko Fukuman-Kurumi Yanao (Jpn) 21-15, 21-16
Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) beat Della Destiara Haris-Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (Ina) 21-18, 21-16
Cheng Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) beat Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) 21-14, 18-21, 21-16
Tang Chun Man-Tze Ying Suet (Hkg) beat Wang Chi-Lin-Lee Chia Hsin (Tpe) 15-21, 22-20, 21-12
Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi-wah (Hkg) beat Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) 21-17, 21-14
Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) w/o Bodin Isara-Savitree Amitrapai (Tha)
Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) beat Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) 15-21, 21-17, 21-17
Zhang Nan-Huang Dongping (Chn) beat Yoo Yeon-seong-Chang Ye-na (Kor) 21-16, 21-14
Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) beat Yugo Kobayashi-Misaki Matsutomo (Jpn) 21-15, 21-14
Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung (Kor) beat Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) 22-20, 5-21, 21-19
Liu Cheng-Li Yunhui (Chn) beat Lu Ching Yao-Chiang Kai Hsin (Tpe) 21-13, 21-16