Malaysia’s interest in the USD1 million BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier in Jakarta is not over yet – after Chan Peng Soon-Peck Yen Wei made it to the semi-finals on Friday.
With his regular partner Goh Liu Ying – with whom he won the silver at last year’s Rio Olympics – came back from a first set deficit to outgun Lu Ching Yao-Chiang Kai Hsin 19-21, 21-13, 21-13 in 58 minutes.
The Malaysians face a daunting task in the semi-finals. They will not only have to face the partisan home fans at the Jakarta Convention Center but on the court they face Olympic champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir who have shown good form at home to make the last four.
Liliyana has recovered from her knee injury but the Indonesians dumped Malaysia’s number two pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing in straight sets 21-18, 21-16 in 46 minutes to deny an all-Malaysia semi-finals.
Meanwhile the seedings took another beating at the new venue for the Indonesia Open when world No 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei was shown the exit by Thailand’s unseeded Nitchaon Jindapol. The Thai battled for 61 minutes to subdue the Taiwanese 21-19, 8-21, 21-17 to earn a semi-final clash against Japan’s Sayaka Sato. Sato beat compatriot and third seed Akane Yamaguchi 21-17 18-21, 21-18 in an equally tough match which went 62 minutes.
The men’s singles will see two Indian shuttlers – K. Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy in the last four. Rio Olympics quarter-finalist Srikantha ousted Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei with a 21-15, 21-14 win but it was giant killer Prannoy who made heads turn when he sent world and Olympic champion Chen Long of China.
The Indian, who packed off defending champion and top seed Lee Chong Wei in the second round gave another polished performace for a 21-18, 16-21, 21-19 win over the eighth seeded Chinese hope.
QUARTER FINAL RESULTS
S. Prannoy (Ind) beat Chen Long (Chn) 21-18, 16-21, 21-19
Son Wan-ho (Kor) beat Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) 21-15, 21-17
Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) beat Rajiv Ouseph (Eng) 13-21, 21-16, 21-10
Srikanth (Ind) beat Wang Tzu Wei (Tpe) 21-15, 21-14
Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan (Chn) beat Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) 21-15, 21-15
Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) beat Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 23-21, 21-11
Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) beat Kittinupong Kedren-Dechapol Puavanaranukroh (Tha) 21-13, 18-21, 21-12
Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) beat Lee Jhe-Huei-Lee Yang (Tpe) 21-12, 21-13
Zhang Beiwen (US) beat Sun Tu (Chn) 21-15, 21-19
Nitchaon Jindapol (Tha) beat Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) 21-19, 8-21, 21-17
Sayaka Sato (Jpn) beat Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) 21-17, 18-21, 21-18
Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) beat Chen Xiaoxin (Chn) 21-6. 21-23, 21-14
Chang Ye-na-LeeSo-hee (Kor) beat Della Destiara Haris-Rosyita Eka utri Sari (Ina) 17-21, 21-13, 21-13
Anggia Shitta Awanda-Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani (Ina) beat Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) 13-21, 21-19, 21-11
Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) beat Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christina Pedersen (Den) 18-21, 21-17, 21-11
Shiho Tanaka-Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn) beat Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) 19-21, 21-14, 21-14
Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) beat Mathias Christiansen-Sara Thygesen (Den) 21-14, 21-19
Chan Peng Soon-Peck Yen Wei (Mas) beat Lu Ching Yao-Chian Kai Hsin (Tpe) 19-21, 21-13
Liu Yuchen-Tang Jinhua (Chn) beat Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) 21-11, 17-21, 21-16
Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) beat Tan Kian Meng-Lai Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 21-18, 21-16