SIBU: There were much jubilation in the Malaysian camp when their Mixed-doubles pair of GOH Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jem continued their remarkable journey at the tournament when they booked their ticket to the final after beating their more illustrious opponent Indonesian and sixth-seed Tontowi AHMAD and Gloria Ema WIDJAJA. The unseeded Malaysian pair won 21-17, 21-18.
There were however, heartbreaks in the Women’s doubles category when the Malaysian fourth-seeded pair of YAP Cheng Wen and Yin Loo LIM lost in the semifinals to unseeded TSE Ying Suet and POON Lok Yan of Hong Kong in an epic 22-20, 20-22, 21-15 battle. The pair from Hong Kong would face top-seed Jongkolpha KITITHARAK and Rawinda PRAJONGJAI from Thailand in the finals.
Top-seed in the Men’s singles NGKa Long An of Hong Kong qualified for the semifinals by beating eight-seed Jonatan CHRISTIE of Indonesia, 13-21, 21-15 and 21-16.He is joined in the last four by fifth-seed LEE Hyun Il of South Korea and the Indonesian duo of Tommy SUGIARTO  and Anthony Si GINTING.
The biggest upset of the day was in the Women’s singles by unseeded Pornpawee CHOCHUWONG of Thailand won the battle against second-seed CHEUNG Ngan Yi of Hong Kong, 21-19, 20-22 and 21-18.
In the Mens doubles, Hardianto HARDIANTO and Berry ANGRIAWAN marched to the finals with a hard fought 22-20, 21-19 victory over the Japanese pair of Hiroyuki ENDO and Yuta WATANABE.