SOON HUAT FALTERS IN MACAU

Malaysia’s only hope, Goh Soon Huat bowed out in the semi-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after losing to No. 13 seed, Jeon Hyeok Jin of Korea, 21/15, 21/15. Soon Huat was not able to follow the Korean’s speed on the court and although there were many long rallies, Hyeok Jin was the winner as he controlled the match.

Despite losing today, it was certainly an achievement for the Melaka born player who pulled off many upsets against higher ranked players prior to the semi-finals. Moreover, this being the Olympic qualifying period where many tops players are competing, he beat the odds to come thus far in a Grand Prix Gold competition.

In the bottom half of the mens’ singles, Tian Houwei was through to the finals after defeating Indonesian youngster, Ihsan Maulana Mustofa. Houwei who lost to Malaysia’s hero, Lee Chong Wei last week at the Hong Kong Open Superseries is surely hoping to win tomorrow. In the girls’ singles, P.V Sindhu outclassed second seed, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to reach the finals where she faces sixth seed MInatsu Mitani from Japan. Sindhu is the defending champion here as she was the champion last year defeating Kim Hyo Min of Korea.

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