KIAN MENG/PEI JING JOINS ISKANDAR IN LAST FOUR OF TAIWAN OPEN

The highlight was on mixed doubles player, Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing who created an upset over Olympic bound players, Reginald Lee Chun Hei/Chau Hoi Wah of Hong Kong, winning the match in three games, 19-21, 21-19, 21-7.

The Malaysians who are currently ranked No. 44 were losing 15-18 in the second game but they never gave up and eventually held the lead 20-18 before winning 21-19.

In the deciding game, Kian Meng/Pei Jing were in top form as they only gave their opponents 7 points to win the match 21-7. The pair will next meet Riky Widianto/Gloria Emanuella Widjaja in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Iskandar was also through to the semis after a convincing win over Thai junior, Khosit Pretpradap in two games. The Malaysian’s best result this year was a runner-up finish at the Malaysia Masters back in January where he lost to world No. 1, Lee Chong Wei in the finals. He also performed well during the Thomas Cup winning most of his matches against higher ranked players.

 

The 25 year-old Iskandar will next face, local favorite, Chou Tien Chen who is also currently the world No. 7 in the last four. They have only met once and that was five years ago where Iskandar lost to the Taiwanese in three games. Both players are more matured now and it is certainly going to be an exciting match.

 

It was however the end of the road for Ho Yen Mei, V Shem Wee KIong and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying who could not get the better of their respective opponents.

 

Except for Yen Mei, the others will now turn their focus to the Olympics as the Taiwan Open will be the last tournament before they leave for Rio end of this month.

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