V Shem-Wee Kiong

# Malaysia’s top doubles pair fall in the round two

# Privateers Kien Keat-Boon Heong reach the quarter-finals in Seoul

# Son Wan-ho stun Japan Open winner Lin Dan


A fighting display by Malaysia’s top doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong was not good enough against reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in a second round match in the USD600,000 Viktor Korean Open in Seoul on Thursday.

The Malaysians came up short in their 19-21, 19-21 defeat to the Indonesians, ranked No 2 in the world on a day when privateers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong advanced to the quarter-finals.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong romped to a 21-14, 21-12 win over fifth seeds Chai Biao-Hong Wei of China in 30 minutes.

The former internationals, once ranked No 1 in the world but now at No 55, will meet another Chinese pair Fu Haifeng-Zhang for a place in the semifinals, The Chinese fourth seeds fought a three-set battle before prevailing 21-18, 17-21, 21-12 over Korean qualifiers Choi Soi-gyeu-Kim Jee-hwan.

But it was home favourite Son Wan Ho who gave the home fans plenty to cheer when he bundled out last week’s Yonex Japan Open winner Lin Dan in straight sets.

The unseeded Korean ran out 21-10, 21-15 winner over the five-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in 45 minutes.

Top seed and world champion Chen Long stayed on course in Seoul with a 21-14, 21-17 win over compatriot Wang Zhengming.

Third seed Kento Momota kept Japan’s flag flying with a hard fought 21-15, 14-21, 21-13 win over Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in a 67 minute battle.

India’s Ajay Jayaram also advanced after a 17-21, 21-15, 21-15 win over Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong Wing Ki.


Selected Results

Men’s singles (Second Round)

Chen Long (Chn) beat Wang Zhengming (Chn) 21-14, 21-7

Son Wan-ho (Kor) beat Lin Dan (Chn) 21-10, 21-15

Kento Momota (Jpn) beat Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-15, 14-21,  21-13

Ajay Jayaram (Ind) beat Vincent Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) 17-21, 21-15, 21-15


Men’s doubles

Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) beat Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 21-14, 21-12

Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) beat Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 21-19, 21-19

 Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan (Chn) beat Choi Soi-gyu-Kim Jee-hwan (Kor) 21-18, 17-21, 21-12

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