National doubles pair, Beh Chung Meng-Goh Boon Zhe and professional duo Leong Jun Kai-Jimmy Wong, produced solid performances today to advance to the semifinals of the PETRONAS Malaysia International Series in Arena Badminton Perak, Ipoh.
The duo, however, will have to battle each other in the last four thus guaranteeing Malaysia a representative in the final on Sunday.
Chung Meng-Boon Zhe overcame their gutsy opponents before securing their place in the semi-finals. They had a storming start, winning the first at 21-14. But their hopes of sealing a quick win fell apart when Thais Sukphun Peeratchai-Teeraratsakul Pakkapon fought back to draw level at 21-14.
Both pairs fought for every point but after an hour it was Chung Meng-Boon Zhe who were celebrating. They won the decider 21-19.
A little later in the evening, Jimmy-Jun Kai, like their compatriots, took over an hour to down their rivals. They snatched the first 21-17 but dropped the second at 22-20. Jimmy-Jun Kai came charging back and grabbed the decider at 21-19 to advance.
Meanwhile, Eogene Ewe's run ended in the quarterfinals. He battled bravely but was unable to make it past China's Lei Lan Xi who won the men's singles tie 21-16, 21-12. The Chinese player will face Indonesia's Bobby Setiabudi, ranked 10th, in the semifinals.
Another Malaysian, Lim Chi Wing, also saw his campaign conclude today. Like his compatriot, Chi Wing also went down to a player from China. He lost 17-21, 15-21 to Liu Liang.
In the mixed doubles, Ng Eng Cheong-Teoh Le Xuan fought courageously and worked the fourth-seeded pair of Lu Ming Che and Chung Kan Yu all the way. In the end, the Malaysians went down 21-14, 22-24, 12-21.
Later on the same court, another Malaysian mixed doubles pair had to exit the tournament after going down in the quarterfinals. China's Jiang Zhen Bang-Wei Ya Xin defeated Loo Bing Kun-Yap Cheng Wen 21-9, 21-17.
The men's doubles saw the exit of second-seeded Junaidi Arif and Muhammad Haikal who went down to China's Chen Bo Yang-Liu Yi. The Malaysians lost 21-10, 21-6.
Chia Weijie-Low Hang Yee, the fourth seeded Malaysian pair, were beaten by Indonesia's Muhammad Juan Elgiffani-Muhammad Nendi Novatino 21-11, 21-12.
Ng Qi Xuan-Teoh Le Xuan, the only Malaysian women's pair to advance to the quarterfinals, were unable to move on after going down to China's Liu Sheng Shu-Tan Ning.