HANG YEE-ENG CHEONG STUN ENGLISH FOURTH SEEDS TO REACH SWISS OPEN QUARTER-FINALS

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KUALA LUMPUR, Mac 4 – Malaysian youngsters Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong continued their impressive form in the Yonex Swiss Open in Basel to reach the quarter-finals with a come-from-behind 10-21, 21-15, 21-15 win over England’s fourth seeds Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge in a second-round match on Thursday.
The Malaysians are making their international debut and the fine run in the Super 300 event which carries prize money of USD140,000 stayed cool in their 72-minute match against the hard-hitting and experienced English opponents to earn a quarter-final clash against another seeded pair – Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
The sixth-seeded Danes defeated Christo Popov-Toma Junior Popov of France 21-14, 21-15. With their confidence boosted by reaching the last eight in their first international tournament, you can expect the young Malaysian pair to come out fighting.
Meanwhile, top seeds Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (pic below) made the last eight without lifting their racquet when Denmark’s Jeppe Bay-Lasse Molhede conceded a walkover in their second-round match.
Also through to the quarter-finals are professionals Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi who defeated Denmark’s Joel Eipe-Rasmus Kjaer 21-18, 21-13. The fifth seeds will face India’s second seeds, Satwiksairaj-Chirag Shetty who won 21-17, 20-22, 21-7 against Indonesians Pramuda Kusumawardana-Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob.
In the women’s doubles, Malaysia’s second-seeded Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean made the quarter-finals with straight games 21-18, 21-17 win over Germany’s Linda Eflek-Isabel Herttrich. In the quarter-finals, they face Canadian seventh seeds, Rachel Honderich-Kristen Tsai.
Three Malaysian pairs won their second-round matches to make the last eight. Top seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying led the charge with a 21-12, 21-16 win against Ronan Labar-Anne Tran of France and will face Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje next.
Fourth seeds Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie needed only 28 minutes to book their place in the quarter-finals – knocking out Rasmus Espersen-Christine Busch of Denmark in straight games 21-10, 21-15. The Malaysian discards will take on French sixth seeds Thom Gicquel-Delphine next.
Fifth seeds Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing are also through after a 21-14, 21-17 win in 39 minutes over Germans Jones Ralfy Jansen-Kilasu Ostermeyer. India’s Satwiksairaj-Ashwini Ponnappa are next opponents for the Malaysian pair.

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