Indeed, it was a pleasant day for the national shuttlers when some of them were superb on court defeating their higher ranked players to progress to the next round. Although they had to play two matches in a day, Teck Zhi and Iskandar were untouchable against their opponents. Teck Zhi had the upper hand against seventh seed, Ihsan Maulana Mustofa who was also the semi-finalist in last week’s Macau Open. This is the third time he has played against the Indonesian with all three matches having won by the Malaysian.
Iskandar was also consistent in his game beating his Indian opponent R. M. V Gurusaidut in three games, 21/14, 17/21, 21/15. In the third game, it was point to point until 4-4 when Iskandar took the lead and never turned back. Iskandar faces Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo of Indonesia in the quarter-finals tomorrow while Teck Zhi will have to give his best when he meets top seed, K. Srikanth of India.
Besides Vivian Hoo/ Woon Khe Wei who won their matches, the highlight was on Lai Pei Jing/ Chow Mei Kuan as the duo made their way to the quarter-finals despite being a new pair. Moreover, they are mixed doubles players and to see these ladies producing promising results was good for the womens’ doubles department. However, Mei Kuan was beaten in the mixed doubles with partner Wong Fai Yi.
The others who failed to clear their second round were Goh Soon Huat, Tee Jing Yi, Amelia Alicia Anscelly/ Soong Fie Cho and scratch pair, Low Juan Shen/ Tan Kian Meng. Despite their lost, the duo has certainly given their coaches a ray of hope with their performance in the last two tournaments.