# New pair Yin Loo-Cheng Wen stun No 2 seeds in quarter-finals
# Mei Kuan-Meng Yean defeat Japanese pair in 75 minute battle
# No 2 Tee Jing Yi fails to make the semis
# Privateer Daren Liew reaches last four
By Rizal Abdullah
Malaysia served a pleasant surprise in the women’s doubles quarter-finals in the USD55,000 Taiwan Masters at the Hsing Chuang Gymnasium in Taipei on Friday – which could well see an all-Malaysian final.
It was a committed and disciplined performance by Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen that gave the new pair a stunning upset with a straight sets 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 win in 25 minutes over No 2 seeds Poon Lok Yan-Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong.
Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean made it all the more sweeter for Malaysia as they battle for 75 minutes in their 15-14, 13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9 win over Japan’s Ayako Sakuramoto-Yukiko Takahata.
Mei Kuan-Meng Yean face top seeds Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota in the semi-finals on Saturday while Yin Loo-Cheng Wen will take another Japanese pair Shiho Tanaka-Koharu Yonemoto.
Meanwhile in the men’s singles India’s world No 82 Sourabh Varma will face top seed Hsu Jen Hao in the men’s singles semi-finals.
The Taiwanese hot-shot, however, was fully stretched former Malaysian international Tan Chuan Seang before prevailing 6-11, 11-4, 13-15, 11-5, 11-9 in a 62 minute battle. Sourabh needed only 31 minutes against Japan’s Kento Horiuchi for his 7-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-7.
The other semi-final will be between former Malaysian Thomas Cupper Daren Liew and Taiwan’s No 5 seed Lin Yu Hsien. Daren was breezed through a 11-8, 11-3, 11-2 win in 23 minutes over Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito while Yu Hsien defeated compatriot Hsueh Hsuan Yi 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6.
Malaysia’s top woman shuttler stumbled in the quarter-finals, losing to Thailand’s fifth seed Pornpawee Chochuwong. The Thai won in straight sets 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in only 26 minutes.
Pornpawee will face Japan’s No 3 seed Ayumi Mine who was too good for Taiwan’s Lee Chia Hsin with a 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 win in 36 minutes. In an all-Japan semi-final Saena Kawakami will play compatriot Asuka Takahashi.
In the quarter-finals Saena upset No 6 seed Hana Ramadhini of Indonesia 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 14-12 while Asuka ousted teammate Yukino Nakai 11-8, 13-11, 11-9.
Taiwan’s top seeds Chen Hung Ling-Wang Chi-Lin swept past Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Hendra Wijaya in the men’s doubles with a 11-3, 11-6, 12-10 win in only 19 minutes. They will meet Japan’s Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata who came off 11-9, 11-7, 11-2 winners over Hong Kong’s Mak Hee Chun-Yeung Shing Choi.
Singapore had a bad day in the mixed doubles. No 1 seeds Terry Hee Yong Kai-Tan Wei failed to live up to their billing against Indonesia’s Riky Widianto-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja and lost 11-5, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5 in 28 minutes.
They will now play Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet in Saturday’s semi-finals. The Hong Kong pair defeated Japan’s Yoshinori Takeuchi-Ayako Sakuramoto 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 in 21 minutes.
The other semifinal will feature Japan’s Ryota Taohata-Koharu Yonemoto against Taiwan’s Lin Chia Yu-Wu Ti Jung.
The Japanese beat homesters Wang Chi-Lin-Cheng Chi Ya 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 in 27 minutes while the Taiwanese added more pain misery to the Singapore camp with a 8-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 win over Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Putri Sari Dewi Citra in a 37 minute encounter at the Hsing Chuang Gymnasium in Taipei.
Hsu Jen Hao (Tpe) beat Tan Chun Seang (Mas) 6-11, 11-4, 13-15, 11-5, 11-9
Sourabh Varma (Ind) beat Kento Horiuchi (Jpn) 7-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-7
Lin Yu Hsien (Tpe) beat Hsueh Hsuan Yi (Tpe) 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6
Daren Liew (Mas) beat Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (Ina) 11-8, 11-3, 11-2
Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) beat Taiki Shimada-Yoshinori Takeuchi (Jpn) 5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5
Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohota (Jpn) beat Mak Hee Chun-Yeung Shing Choi (Hkg) 11-9, 11-7, 11-2
Terry Hee Yong Kai-Loh Kean Hean (Sin) beat Liao Kuan Nao-Liu Chia Pin (Tpe) 11-8, 3-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6
Chen Hung Ling-Wang Chi-Lin (Tpe) beat Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Hendra Wijaya (Sin) 11-3, 11-6, 12-10
Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) beat Miyuki Maeda-Nao Ono (Jpn) 15-13, 11-4, 11-8
Lim Yin Loo-Yap Cheng Wen (Mas) beat Poon Lok Yan-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (Mas) beat Ayako Sakuramoto-Yukiko Takahata (Jpn) 15-14, 13-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9
Shiho Tanaka-Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn) beat Nisak Puji Lestari-Merisa Cindy Sahputri (Ina) 7-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10
Riky Widianto-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (Ina) beat Terry Hee Yong Kai-Tan Wei Han (Sin) 11-5, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5
Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) beat Yoshinori Takeuchi-Ayako Sakuramoto (Jpn) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7
Lin Chia Yu-Wu Ti Jung (Tpe) beat Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Putri SariDewi Citra (Sin) 8-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9
Ryoya Taohata-Koharu Yonemoto (Jpen) beat Wang Chi Lin-Cheng Chi Ya (Tpe) 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8