#Vivian Hoo-Khe Wei first Malaysian pair to reach Olympics quarter-finals in women’s doubles
# Malaysian pair defeat Hong Kong pair to confirm last eight berth
# Peng Soon-Liu Ying also in last eight in mixed doubles
# V Shem-Wee Kiong keep flag flying in men’s doubles
By Rizal Abdullah
Malaysia’s top women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei not only scored their first win over Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan-Tse Ying Suet but also became the first Malaysian pair to reach Olympics quarter-finals in the event.
The Malaysians confirmed their quarter-final berth 21-15, 21-13 win in 36 minutes for their second win in Group C. They beat Great Britain’s Heather Olver-Lauren Smith in their first match.
Vivian Hoo-Khe Wei will now face thirds seeds Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii of Indonesia in their final group match to decide the top two places. A place at the top of the group will assure an easier draw in the quarter-finals.
Beating the Hong Kong pair for their first win in three meetings will certainly give Peng Soon-Liu Ying the morale boost to face the Indonesians.
Joining them in the quarter-finals is the mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying who also registered their second straight win in the event – defeating Australians Robin Middleton-Leanne Choo in Group C. The Malaysians, winners of the New Zealand Open earlier this year, won 21-17, 21-15.
V Shem-Wee Kiong made shortwork of Phillip Chew-Sattawat Pongnairat of the United States 21-12, 21-10 win in 23 minutes.
Meanwhile, in the women’s doubles top seeds Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi of Japan, winners of three Superseries titles this year, won their second Group A match. The Japanese beat the Thai pair of Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-15, 21-15.
India’s Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa, were thrown out of medal contention when they lost for the second time in Group A. The Indians were 16-21, 21-16, 17-21 by the Dutch pair Eefje Muskens-Selena Piek.
SELECTED RESULTS (Aug 12)
Derek Wong (Sin) beat Soren Opti (Sur) 21-5, 21-6
Lin Dan (Chn) beat VladimioMalkov (Rus) 21-18, 21-7
Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) beat Howard Shu (US) 21-14, 21-10
Jan O Jorgsensen (Den) beat Raul Must (Est) 21-8, 21-15
Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) beat Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia Hsin (Tpe) 18-21, 21-13, 21-18
Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan (Chn) beat Michael Fuchs-Johannes Schoettler (Ger) 21-11, 21-16
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat beat Phillip Chew-Sattawat Pongnairat (US) 21-12, 21-10
Jung Ji-hyun (Kor) beat Delphine Lansac (Fra) 21-13, 21-14
Li Xuerui (Chn) beat Lianne Tan (Bel) 21-11, 21-11
Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) beat Vu Thi Trang (Vie) 21-10, 21-8
Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) beat Kristina Gavnholt (Cze) 20-22, 21-12, 21-13
Kati Tolmoff (Est) beat Yip Pui Yin (Hkg) 5-21, 21-13, 21-18
Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) beat Puttita Supajirakul-SapsireeTaerattanachai (Tha) 21-15, 21-15
Eefje Muskens-Selena Piek (Ned) beat Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa (Ind) 21-16, 16-21, 21-17
Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii (Ina) beat Heather Olver-Lauren Smith (GB) 21-10, 21-13
Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) beat Poon Lok Yan-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-15, 21-13
Tang Yuanting-Yu Yang (Chn) beat Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) 21-14, 21-11
Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) beat Johanna Goliszewski-Carla Nelte (Ger) 21-18, 18-21, 21-17
Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) beat Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) 21-16, 21-15
Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) beat Micheal Fucjs-Birgit Michels (Ger) 21-16, 21-15
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) beat Robin Middleton-Leanne Choo (Aus) 21-17, 21-15
Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) beat Bodin Isara-Savitree Amritrapai 21-11, 21-13
Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) beat Jacco Arends-Selena Piek (Ned) 21-10, 21-10