Double in the bag
It would be an all Malaysian affair in the men’s doubles final of the Yonex Sunrise Malaysia GP Gold badminton championships.
Top seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will take on teammates and third seeds Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah for the title.
Both pairs were forced to go the distance by their opponents, but it was the younger V Shem-Khim Wah, who looked more impressive.
The Badminton Asia championships semi-finalists overcame a poor start to turn on the power against the more experienced Markis Kido-Alvent Yulianto Chandra of Indonesia. Their smashing display as the match went on, saw them beating the Indonesian duo 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 in 45 minutes.
The win must surely give them the confidence against their more illustrious teammates in the final on Saturday.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong were erratic in their 17-21, 21-14, 21-16 win over Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari.
They now hold a 5-3 win record against their rivals and their third in a row, having beaten Zkary-Fairuzizuan at the Indonesian Open and the Malaysia GP Gold last year.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong have played V Shem-Khim Wah only once in an international competition before this. They laboured to a three game win over their world number 17 ranked teammates at the Japan Open two years ago.
In the women’s doubles semi-finals, a fighting display from Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo was just enough to make the final. They were beaten by top seeds Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta 15-21, 21-17, 18-21 in the semi-finals.
It was sweet revenge for the Indonesians in the women’s doubles as Pia also happens to be Markis Kido’s younger sister.
Pia-Rizki will take on Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella-Vita Marissa in the women’s doubles final.
Meanwhile, the women’s singles final will see top seeded teenager PV Sindhu of India playing Singapore’s Gu Juan.