Thailand Open: V Shem-Wee Kiong through to semis as Zii Jia loses to Tien-chen

By Nicolas Anil 15 January 2021 277
Thailand Open: V Shem-Wee Kiong through to semis as Zii Jia loses to Tien-chen

Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong made their first semi-finals in over a year at the Yonex Thailand Open after they beat compatriots Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzudin 21-16, 21-19, as Lee Zii Jia exited the tournament with a limp defeat.

Malaysia were guaranteed a last-four berth as both these men's doubles squared off against each other, and it was the 2016 Olympic silver medalists who came out on top using their experience to see off the gutsy challenge from the world number 28.

Goh-Tan next take on Indonesian pair Leo Rolly Carnando-Daniel Marthin for a place in the final.

Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi were another Malaysian pair exiting the competition following a 21-23, 15-21 defeat to Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin.

Ong-Teo were neck and neck until deuce in the first game, but having surrendered the lead they could not find the needed momentum to overcome their attack-minded opponents in the second set.

Lee, meanwhile, exited the men’s singles event after a disappointing 17-21, 15-21 to world number two Chou Tien-chen.

There were expectations on the Malaysian to stage an upset against the Chinese Taipei shuttler, but despite starting well in the first set where he established a 15-10 lead, the world number 10 soon faded away.

Chou grew into the match at the key stages and dictated the tempo with variations of net play combined with deep forehand smashes that Lee failed to deal with.

Chou's victory saw him book a meeting with Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long for a place in the final.

The mixed doubles event also saw Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying fall to a disappointing 18-21, 17-21 defeat to Thai top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

Like Lee, the pair had the advantage in the first game which they should have won, but nerves overcame composure, setting the tone for a disappointing second set once the opener had been surrendered.

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