# Malaysian beaten in the semi-finals
GOH SOON HUAT’s fairy tale run in the Macau Open ended in the semi-finals on Saturday when he fell to a straight set 21-15, 21-15 defeat to South Korea’s up coming youngster Jeon Hyeok-jin.
The 13th seed from Korea and ranked World No 32 staved off some resistance from Soon Huat in the second set but checked the Malaysian and prevailed in 41 minutes.
The 25-year-old Soon Huat, however, can take pride in his overall performance in the Grand Prix Gold (Level 3) event with a prize money of USD120,000.
He goes home USD720 richer plus the experience of having beaten some of the higher ranked opponents on his way to the quarter-finals.
Soon Huat scalped India’s B. Sai Praneeth in the third round after a hard fought three-set battle before prevailing 21-16, 21-23, 21-13. In the second round he defeated Taiwan’s Wang Tzu-wei 22-20, 22-20.
He got his campaign started with an an upset 21-19, 21-19 win over Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.
Soon Huat is slowly coming to grips with his badminton career which took a severe blow following the death of his mother in August – his No 1 fan.
Meanwhile in the women’s singles India’s P.V. Sindhu (5th seed) reached her third final with hard fought 21-8, 15-21, 21-16 win over second seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in 63 minutes.
Quarter-Final Results (Selected)
Jeon Hyeok-jin (Kor) beat Goh Soon Huat (Mas) 21-15, 21-15
Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek Cheol (Kor) beat Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 19-21, 21-19, 22-20
P.V. Sindhu (Ind) beat Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) 21-8, 15-21, 21-16
Choi Solgyu-Eom Hye-won (Kor) beat Ronald Alexander-Melati Daeva Oktavinani (Ina) 21-19, 21-19