Iskandar continued his fine run at the Maybank Malaysia International Challenge Badminton Championship being held in Alor Setar, Kedah. He defeated Chi Yu Jen of Chinese Taipei in the second round today to face Reksy Aureza Megananda of Indonesia. Joining him in the last 16 stage are Soong Joo Ven, Chong Yee Han and Soo Teck Zhi.
However, Goh Soon Huat and Lim Chi Wing were beaten in the first round but the shocking defeat came from top seed, Zulfadli Zulkifli who lost his match to Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan. He lost his first game 19/21 and conceded a walkover while trailing 14/15 in the second game.
In the girls’ singles, Ho Yen Mei, Lim Yin Fun and Lim Chiew Sien were all through the second round. Unfortunately, Le Zii Yii lost in a tough match to top seed, Nitchaon Jindapol, 16/21, 21/10, 21/15. The three of them will have to face opponents from Indonesia tomorrow to book a place in the quarter-finals.
In the doubles department, three pairs made it to the next round. They were national No. 2, Ow Yao Han/ Chooi Kah Ming, Low Juan Shen/ Ong Yew Sin and Tan Kian Meng/ Teo Ee Yi. However, scratch pair, Ee Yi/ Kian Meng produced the biggest upset when they sent second seed, Bodin Issara/ Nipitphon Puangpuapech packing in the first round today. They are expected to make it to the quarter-finals when they face a Philippine pair in the second round tomorrow.
Womens’ doubles will feature four pairs in action while mixed doubles will have scratch pairs, Tan Kian Meng/ Lai Pei Jing and Tan Chee Tean/ Chow Mei Kuan competing tomorrow.