DOUBLES DELIGHT FOR MALAYSIA IN BALI

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 – Malaysia has been assured of a place in the men’s doubles semi-finals at the USD600,000 Daihatsu Indonesia Masters in Bali when Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani play Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi in the quarter-finals after winning their respective second round matches in Bali on Thursday.
Also through to the quarter-finals is Malaysia’s top-ranked men’s doubles Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik.
The Tokyo Olympics bronze medal winners beat Indonesia’s Panjer Aji Siloka Dadiara-Bryan Sidney Elohim 21-12, 21-8 in quick 21 minutes.
The Malaysians will face No 3 seeds Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipeh in the last eight.
The Taiwanese defeated compatriots Lu Ching Yao-Yang Poh Han 21-13, 21-16 in their second round match.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi strolled past Indonesia’s Sabar Gutama-Reza Pahlevi Isfahani 21-17, 21-12 while Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin battled for 42 minutes to subdue Shohibul Fikri-Bagus Maulana 21-18, 22-20.
There was also joy for Malaysia in the women’s doubles. No 8 seeds Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah outplayed Fitriani-Yulia Susanto of Indonesia 21-18, 21-14 in 29 minutes to advance to the last eight.
The Swiss Open champions will next play Japan’s Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida who defeated Koreans Baek Ha Na- Lee Yu Rim 23-21, 21-15.
Rising mixed doubles pair Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See also sealed a place in the quarter-finals with a 21-14, 21-19 win over Germans Jones Ralfy Jansen-Linda Efler.
It’s a tough hurdle for the Malaysians for a place in the last four when they take on top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
The Thais needed three games to stop another Malaysian pair Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei with a 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 win.
Meanwhile, there was a major upset in the men’s singles when India’s Prannoy HS came back from a game down to blow away reigning Olympic champion and No 2 seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 14-21, 21-19, 21-16 in a 71 minute thriller.
This is the first win for the Indian in six outings. He face off compatriot K. Srikanth for the place in the semis.
Srikanth, a former World No 1, broke the hearts of the local fans when he knocked out No 6 seed and reigning Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie 13-21, 21-18, 21-15.

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