MALAYSIAN FLOP IN BALI

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 – After slaying reigning Olympic champions Lee Yang-Wang Chi Lin in the second round, Malaysia’s second ranked men’s doubles pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani crashed out of the Super 1000 Indonesia Open in the quarter-finals.
The Malaysians could not repeat their giant killing feat against India’s sixth seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty.
The Indians won 21-19, 21-19 in a 43-minute as the Malaysians fizzled out at the crucial moments.
Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin were not the only casualties at the Bali International Convention Centre in Denpasar, Bali in the quarters.
Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi failed to break the jinx against Indonesia’s World No 1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
The Indonesians recovered from a one game deficit to advance to the last four with a 14-21, 21-14, 21-16 win in 52 minutes and stretched their head to head count to 7-0.
They beat the Malaysians in a similar fashion in the semi-finals in last week’s Indonesia Masters – recovering from a game down to win 18-21, 21-17, 21-11.
Gideon-Sukamuljo found Yew Sin a weak link and he became the target in the decider. Yew Sin gave away the last four points in the rubber – leaving the Malaysian pair a disappointed lot after a roaring start by taking first game in only 13 minutes.
In the mixed doubles it was the end of the road for professionals Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, seeded fifth in the tournament, dished out another below par performance.
It was heartbreaking defeat for Peng Soon-Liu Ying who battled for 72 minutes against unseeded Koreas Ko Sung Hyun-Eom Ye Won who prevailed 15-21, 21-16, 21-18.
Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai, the Thai top seeds, strolled to a 21-10, 21-11 win in 33 minutes against Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing in another mixed doubles match.
Meanwhile, Singapore’s Penang-born Loh Kean Yew continued his brilliant run in Bali when he reached the men’s singles semi-finals with an easy 21-9, 21-4 win over Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in only 25 minutes.
The Singaporean knocked out top seed and reigning world champion Kento Momota of Japan in a grueling three-games 21-7, 17-21, 21-19 in the second round yesterday.
Kean Yew, winner of the Hylo Open in Germany last month, will face another Dane Rasmus Gemke in the semis in Bali.

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