# Heartbreak for Soon Huat as he narrowly loses to to seed Srikanth
# Tears again for Zulfadli as he is tamed by Thai veteran Boonsak
# Peng Soon-Liu Ying fall in the quarter-finals
Malaysia’s top men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong kept Malaysia’s flag flying in the USD120,000 Indian Open Grand Prix Gold (Syed Modi Badminton Championships) in Lucknow on Friday.
The Malaysians marched into the last four with a straight sets 21-16, 21-15 win over Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov in 33 minutes.
They, however, face a mammoth task of reaching the final when they face top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark who beat Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin 21-12, 21-18.
V Shem-Wee Kiong were beaten in the semi-finals in last week’s Victor Far East Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Penang – losing to Japan’s Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda.
Malaysia’s interest in the men’s singles ended with the defeat of Zulfadli Zulkifli and Goh Soon Huat in the quarter-finals.
Zulfadli, who fell to Thai veteran Boonsak Ponsana who walked away with a straight sets 21-17, 21-19 win in 53 minutes.
Soon Huat put up a spirited display against home favourite and top seed K. Srikanth before the Indian won the 76 minute battle 21-17, 18-21, 24-22.
There was also disappointment for Malaysia in the mixed doubles when sixth seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying suffered a 14-21, 15-21 defeat at the hands of Japan’s Kenta Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara. The match lasted 42 minutes.
QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS (Selected)
Srikanth (Ind) beat Goh Soon Huat (Mas) 2-17, 18-21, 24-22
Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) beat Zulfadli Zulkifli (Mas) 21-17, 21-19
Shi Yuqi (Chn) beat Harsheel Dani (Ind) 21-14, 21-11
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 21-16, 21-15
Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Akshay Dewalkar (Ind) beat Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den) 22-20, 11-21, 23-21
Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Tha) beat Kirsty Gilmour (Sco) 21-18, 21-9
Sayaka Sato (Jpn) beat Maria Febe Kusumastuti (Ina) 21-9, 21-3
Kento Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn) beat Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-14, 21-15