Malaysian girls a step away from Indonesia Open final

30 September, 2011

Unseeded Malaysian pair Vivian Hoo (main picture) and Woon Khe Wei stunned Chinese six seeds Cheng Shu-Pan Pan in the women’s doubles 竗⩸܋倇甏Љ瘰⤴܋倇甏䀐Ƒ䀐Ƒ갨瓥矴Ɯ齃렀瓤갷瓥ڵ畦

Shizuka Matsuo-Mami NaitoVivian-Khe Wei, who also reached the semi-finals of the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold in June only to lose to Cheng Shu-Bao Yixin, got some measure of revenge against Cheng Shu, who was playing with her new partner.

The Malaysians took the first game 21-15 only to see the more experienced Chinese duo hit back to level the match by taking the second game 21-18.

The decider was just as close but it was Vivian-Khe Wei who held their nerves to win the rubber 21-18 to advance to the semi-finals, where they will meet Thailand’s Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn-Punyada Munkitchokecharoen.

The unseeded Thais defeated Indonesia’s Nurbeta Kwanrico-Deariska Putri Medita 21-19, 11-21, 21-13 in their quarter-final match.

Yonex Open Japan Superseries champions Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin also reached the semi-finals when the eighth seeds upset fourth seeds Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito of Japan (above), 23-21, 21-19.

In the men’s doubles, top seeds Bona Septano-Mohammad Ahsan of Indonesia had an easy passage into the semis when compatriots Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra conceded the match due to an injury after losing the first game 21-19.

China dominated the mixed doubles with three pairs up in the last four with Indonesia’s Nova Widianto-Vita Marissa standing in their way.

The veteran pair defeated Japan’s Shoji Sato-Shizuka Matsuo to set-up a semi-final match up against the ever dangerous Xu Chen-Ma Jin, who are seeded fourth.

Dionysius Hayom RumbakaMeanwhile, Indonesia are assured of the men’s singles crown as all four semi-finalists are from the home country.

Leading the way was former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat, who will face Taipei Open champion Tommy Sugiarto.

Taufik, who is still searching for his first title of the year, crushed 2008 world junior champion Wang Zhengming of China 21-17, 21-15. It was a fantastic victory for Taufik, who was determined to make amends after losing to the Chinese ace at the Singapore Open in June.

The other semi-final will be between Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (right) and Alamsyah Yunus.

“I’m confident of reaching the final, even though I have to play my own teammates,” said a delighted Dionysius after beating Japan’s Takuma Ueda 21-14, 21-16.

Dionysius was runner-up in this tournament a year ago and is obviously eying the opportunity to go on better this time round.

In the women’s singles, Indonesian qualifier Belaetrix Manuputi sensationally ousted fifth seed Tai Tzu Ying of Taipei in straight games, winning 21-16, 21-16.

Belaetrix’s success means Indonesia are still on course to win all the titles at stake in Sunday’s final.

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