THE BALI SHOCK WAVES IN INDONESIA OPEN

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 – Denpasar in the Indonesian holiday island of Bali where the Super 1000 Indonesia Open is being held continued to produce shock results in the second round matches as reigning World champion Kento Momota (men’s singles) and Tokyo Olympic champions Lee Yang-Wang Chi Lin (men’s doubles) crashed out on Thursday.
Malaysia’s No 2 men’s doubles pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani had the honor of beating Lee Yang-Chi Lin, the third seeds from Chinese Taipei.
The Malaysians prevailed 21-15, 23-21 in 37 minutes and will play India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty for a place in the last four.
Professionals Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ei Yi are also through to the quarter after dumping compatriots Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, winners of the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, in straight games 21-14, 21-17 in only 29 minutes.
Their reward is a quarter-final tie against World No 1 and top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, the home favourites.
The Malaysians have the chance for revenge over the Indonesians who hold a 6-0 advantage from their previous six meetings.
Their last defeat was in the quarter-finals in last week’s Indonesia Masters at the same venue.
The Indonesians, who are on slide in their game, battled for an hour in their 12-21, 21-19, 21-18 win over Koreans Choi Sol Gyu-Kim Won Ho in their second round match that lasted for an hour.
If the Malaysians can ride on their momentum a win over the mighty Indonesians is not impossible.
Momota, who won the Indonesia Masters last week, crashed out after losing to Singapore’s Penang-born Loh Kean Yew in a grueling three games 21-7, 17-21, 21-19 in 69 minutes. The tired looking Momota was the top seed.
In the mixed doubles Roi Olympics silver medalists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, seeded fifth, exacted sweet revenge over Germany’s Jones Ralfy Jansen-Linda Elfer for their first round defeat in the Indonesia Masters with a 21-9, 21-13 win.
The Malaysian professionals will play Koreans Ko Sung Hyun-Eeom Hye Won in the quarter.
Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing also made it to the quarter-finals after a straight game win over Indonesia’s Adnan Maulana-Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso. The Malaysian mixed doubles pair won 21-8; 21-16 and will take on Dechapol Puavaranukroh- Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in the quarter.
Earlier, the Thais who won Indonesia Masters last week defeated another Malaysian mixed doubles pair Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei 21-14; 21-14.
Malaysian pairs in the women’s doubles were shown the exit in the second round. Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen fell 14-21, 15-21 to Bulgarian Stoeva sisters Gabriela and Stefani in 35 minutes.
No 8 seeds Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah suffered a shock defeat to Indonesia’s Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma-Amelia Cahaya Pratiwi who won 14-21, 22-20, 21-17 in a 71-minute encounter.
It was a mistake prone match by the Malaysians, winners of the Swiss Open.
”We lost focus and made lot of mistakes. There is still a lot to learn…we lacked rhythm and lacked understanding on the court,” said a disappointed Pearly Tan.
Vivian Hoo and her new partner Lim Chiew Sien fought tooth and nail against Thailand’s No 3 seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai who prevailed 24-26, 21-12, 21-11 in a marathon 78 minutes.

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