Malaysia have four representatives out of the five finals tomorrow in the PETRONAS Malaysia International Challenge currently ongoing at the Arena Badminton Perak in Ipoh.
Leading the charge is fourth-seeded Wong Ling Ching in the Women’s Singles where today in the semifinals; she disposed of Hsieh Yi-Eng from Chinese Taipei 21-14, 21-16 in a 35-minute battle.
The 20-year-old Sarawakian will take on Miho Kayama of Japan in the final tomorrow.
The well-heeled Miho took 33 minutes to defeat fifth-seeded Yulia Yosephine Susanto from Indonesia 21-14, 21-10.
In the Men’s Doubles, Muhd Fazriq Mohamad Razif-Wong Vin Sean continued their winning streak to beat Kazuki Shibata-Naoki Yamada of Japan.
In the duel that lasted just over an hour, Muhd Fazriq-Vin Sean outlasted Shibata-Yamada 15-21, 21-18, 21-17.
The winner of the recent International Series, Muhd Fazriq-Vin Sean will be up against another Japanese pair in the final in Takuto Inoue-Masayuki Onodera.
Takuto-Onodera, who had beaten the tournament top seed Lin Yu-Chieh-Su Li Wei earlier in the Round of 16, had to muster all that they got in the semifinals before they were able to beat seventh-seeded Lau Yi Sheng-Lee Yi Bo from Malaysia, 21-17, 17-21, 21-17.
In the Women’s Doubles, Malaysia’s Ng Qi Xuan-Yap Yee confirmed their passage to the final after dumping second-seeded Chiu Pin-Chian-Tung Ciou-Tong from Chinese Taipei 21-16, 21-13.
Qi Xuan-Yap Yee’s opponent in the final is another pair from Chinese Taipei in Lin Chih-Chun-Sung Yu-Hsuan, who overcame the challenge of Kokona Ishikawa-Mio Konegawa of Japan 21-15, 21-19.
Finally, in the Mixed Doubles, Hoo Pang Ron-Cheng Su Yin will be out to give further traction to their new partnership when they take on Lin Yu-Chieh-Hsu Yin-Hui from Chinese Taipei in the final tomorrow.
The fifth-seeded Pang Ron-Su Yin had to work hard for their semifinal win over compatriots Faris Zaim-Yap Rui Chen before winning 25-27, 21-19, 21-7.
For Yu-Chieh-Yin Hui, they had overcome the challenge of Wee Yee Hern-Ng Qi Xuan from Malaysia 14-21, 21-18, 21-11 in their semifinal encounter.