# Jin Wei will play China’s Gao Fangjie for a place in the semis
# Kian Meng-Pei Jing also reach quarters in mixed doubles
# Soon Huat falls to top seed Wei Nan in men’s singles
By Rizal Abdullah
Malaysia’s world junior champion Goh Jin Wei achieved a personal milestone in her blossoming badminton career when she marched into the last eight in the USD120,000 Yonex Sunrise Indonesia Masters in Balikpapan on Thursday.
It is her first quarter-final in a Grand Prix Gold tournament and her 21-17, 21-10 win over Indonesia’s Desandha Vegarani Putri in a second round match in 37 minutes earned the Malaysian a quarter-final match against China’s Gao Fangjie.
The Chinese pulled off an upset when she stopped Singapore’s China-born fourth seed Liang Xiaoyu 11-21, 21-17, 21-15 in a 58 minute match.
In the first round the eighth seeded Jin Wei was given a tough fight by Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska in the first set before prevailing 25-23, 21-12.
Third seeds Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing kept Malaysia’s hopes alive in the mixed doubles when they fought back from a set down to beat Indonesia’s Wirawan Afiat Yuris-Nadya Melati 18-21, 22-20, 21-16 in a close encounter that lasted 67 minutes.
The Malaysians will play another Indonesian pair Nugroho Lukhi-Amelia Ririn in quarter-finals. The Indonesians won 22-24, 21-16, 21-19 in a 61 minute match against China’s Zhao Haodong-Hu Yuxiang.
There was pleasant surprise for Malaysia in the men’s doubles when qualifiers Chooi Kah Ming-Low Juan Shen reached the quarter-finals with a hard fought 21-15, 16-21, 21-13 win over Indonesia’s Yohanes Rendy Sugiarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan in the second round.
However, the newly formed Malaysian pair have a tough hurdle against Indonesian fourth seeds Hardianto-Kenas Adi Haryanto for a place in the semifinals. Hardianto-Kenas outplayed Malaysian privateers Lim Khim Wah-Ong Jian Guo 21-13, 21-15 in their second round match.
Men’s singles (Third Round)
Wei Nan (Hkg) beat Goh Soon Huat (Mas) 21-18, 21-14
Zhao Jun Peng (Chn) beat Fikri Ihsandi Hadmadi (Ina) 21-11, 21-23, 21-10
Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) beat B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) 21-14, 21-13
Huang Yuxiang (Chn) beat H.S. Prannoy (Ind) 19-21, 21-19, 23-21
Ajay Jayaram (Ind) beat Rekey Aureza Megananda (Ina) 18-21, 21-12, 21-19
Men’s doubles (Second Round)
Chooi Kah Ming-Low Juan Shen (Mas) beat Yohanes Rendy Sugiarto-Afiat Yuris Wirawan (Ina) 21-15, 16-21, 21-13
Hardianto-Kenas Adi Haryanto (Ina) beat Lim Khim Wah-Ong Jian Guo (Mas) 21-13, 21-15
Women’s Singles (Second Round)
Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Tha) beat Han Yue (Chn) 26-24, 21-10
Hana Ramadhini (Ina) beat Yeo Jiamin (Sin) 21-16, 21-15
Ayumi Mine (Jpn) beat Ruselli Hartawan (Ina) 21-17, 21-17
Pornpawee Chochuwong (Tha) beat Dinar Dyah Ayustine (Ina) 21-18, 21-17
Goh Jin Wei (Mas) beat Desandha Vegarani Putri (Ina) 21-17, 21-10
Gao Fangjie (Chn) beat Liang Xiaoyu (Sin) 11-21, 21-17, 21-15
Mixed Doubles (Second Round)
Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) beat Wirawan Afiat Yuris-Nadya Melati (Ina) 18-21, 22-20, 21-16
Nugroho Lukhi-Amelia Ririn (Ina) beat Zhao Haodong-Hu Yuxiang (Chn) 22-24, 21-16, 21-19