Top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong put up a much better display to brush aside Indonesians Ronald Alexander-Selvanus Geh 21-16, 21-11 and book their place in the men’s doubles quarter-finals of the Malaysia GP Gold badminton championships.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong will go up against Thailand’s Bodin Issara-Pakkawat Vilailak for a place in the semi-finals.
The Thai pair are ranked a lowly 175 in the world compared to the Malaysians number two and nothing short of victory would suffice for Kien Keat-Boon Heong.
Malaysia will also provide for four of the remaining seven quarter-final slots. However, fifth seeds Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock, will not be among them.
The pair crashed out 17-21, 22-24 to another Malaysian pair – Chow Pak Chuu-Tan Bin Shen. Pak Chuu-Bin Shen will square off against Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tahari in the last eight.
Zakry-Fairuzizuan overcame a fighting Hardi Hardianto-Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra 22-20, 21-16 in their third round match.
Second seeds Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong will play Indonesia’s Alvent Yulianto Chandra-Markis Kido in the quarter-finals. The Malaysian duo defeated Chinese qualifiers Chen Zhuofu-Kai Lu 21-16, 21-19. However, they can expect a much harder time against the veteran Indonesian pair.
Third seeds Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah will also play an Indonesian pair in the last eight. They made heavy weather of their match against Singaporeans Terry Hee-Terry Yeo before coming off 21-15, 22-20 winners.
They need to tighten their game against Andrei Adistia-Gideon Markus Fernaldi, who paid put to the hopes of another Malaysian pair in the third round. The unseeded Indonesians defeated eight seeds Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han 21-19, 21-17.
Malaysia will also multiple representatives in the women’s and mixed doubles competitions.
Top seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying edged Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah 21-18, 19-21, 21-17. They play China’s Kai Lu-Luo Yu for a place in the semi-finals.
The Chinese pair defeated Malaysia’s Chooi Kah Ming-Chow Mei Kuan 21-15, 22-20 in their third round encounter.
Joining Peng Soon-Liu Ying in the quarter-finals is the pairing of Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing, the fourth seeds. The pair came back from a game down to defeat Singapore’s Terry Yeo-Shinta Mulia Sari 18-21, 21-13, 21-14. They will play Hong Kong’s Chan Yun Lung-Tse Ying Suet in the quarter-finals.
But, it was the end of the road for Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo, who crashed out 18-21, 13-21 the Indonesian duo of Praveen Jordan-Vita Marissa.
In the women’s doubles, second seeds Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei , picked up a classy 21-11, 21-13 win over Thailand’s Chochuwong Pornpawee-Sapsiree Taerattanachai. They play Vanessa Yeo-Yao Lei in the quarter-finals.
Joining them in the quarter-finals are the pairings of Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo and Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean.
The third seeded Liu Ying-Yin Loo defeated China’s Luo Yu-Huang Yaqiong 21-11, 13-21, 21-12 in the third round and will play Singapore’s Fu Mingtian-Shinta Mulia Sari in the quarter-finals.
As for Mei Kuan-Meng Yean,they face a much harder task in the quarter-finals, having to play top seeds Pia Zabedah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta. Mei Kuan-Meng Yean carved out a 21-9, 12-21, 21-14 win over Japan’s Soyoka Yamaguchi-Saya Yamamoto in their third round match.
The top seeded Indonesians crushed Lim Peiy Yee-Lim Peiy Zhean 21-3, 21-6 in their third round encounter.
Also out are fourth seeds Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho, who succumbed to a 20-22, 17-20 defeat to Indonesia’s Melati Daeva Oktaviani-Rosyita Eka Putra Sari in their third round encounter.