AUCKLAND: Malaysia's Soo Teck Zhi and mixed doubles pair, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying continued their winning run and charged into the semifinals of the New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold event today.
The 21-year-old Teck Zhi, seeded 16 in this tournament, had a bit of a scare in the first game when he went down 11-21 China's Shi Yuqi. But the former Asian junior champion, battled back and claimed the second 22-20 to level the score.
He soon found his rhythm and raced away to a 21-14 win in the decider to secure his place in the semifinals. He will face another Chinese player, Huang Yuxiang who had upstaged topseed Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-19, 21-19 in the quarterfinals today.
At the half of the draw, Riichi Takeshita of Japan surprised third seed, Lee Dong Keun, 21-16, 17-21, 21-8 to set-up a semifinal battle against Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh, the ninth seed.
The Malaysian camp had more cause to be delighted as top mixed doubles duo of Peng Soon and Liu Ying defeated Indonesia's Hafiz Faisal and Shella Devi Aulia 21-12, 21-11 to make the last four.
The Malaysians, seeded third, will square off against the topseeds, Hyun Ko Sung and Na Kim Ha in the semis. The other semifinal tie is between China's Zheng Siwei-Li Yunhui and South Korea's Cheol Shin Baek-Jung Chae Yoo tomorrow.
Men's singles: Soo Teck Zhi bt Shi Yuqi (Chn) 11-21, 22-20, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Hafiz Faisal-Shella Devi Aulia (Ina) 21-12, 21-11