Soon Huat marched into the quarter-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold in a hard fought match that saw him winning 22/20, 22/20 against Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei. Soon Huat has been doing well throughout this competition beginning with his first round encounter with Thai youngster, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk who is at least fifty ranks higher than him.
He faces another higher ranked player tomorrow, B. Sai Praneeth for a place in the semi-finals. The Melaka born player has been having a roller coaster ride in the last few months. He was the semifinalist in the OUE Singapore Open International Challenge and the Yonex Dutch Open Gran Prix. At the same time however, he had suffered either a first round or second round exit in five international tournaments. One of the factors that had contributed to his inconsistency was the unfortunate news of his mom who passed away few months ago and Soon Huat had a hard time recovering from this sad news.
But now, looking at the brighter side, he is coming back stronger which is a good progress especially when it is just a month away before he begins 2016. In the mens’ doubles, Low Juan Shen/ Tan Kian Meng almost made it to the quarter-finals after losing in three games to 2008 Olympic champion, Markis Kido and his partner, Hendra Aprida Gunawan, 22/24, 21/18, 17/21. It was also the end of the road for two other doubles and mixed doubles pair.