KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s top doubles pair of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong followed in the footsteps of Lee Chong Wei to make it to the quarter-finals in the All England Championships 2017 in Birmingham.
The world’s number one pair took only 28 minutes to stave off the challenge from China’s Liu Xiaolong/Xu Chen 21-12, 21-16 in the second round held early today.
They will face sixth seed Li Junhui/Liu Yu Chen from China who defeated Thailand’s Bodin Isara/Nipitphon Phuangphuatpet 21-18, 21-18.
Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying also earned a slot in the quarter finals after stiff competition from China’s Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui 9-21, 23-21, 21-17.
Ranked world number six, the pair overcame their opponents after more than one hour in the second round.
They are scheduled to face Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping from China who stunned compatriots and top seed Zheng Siweng/Chen Qingchen in a 24-22, 21-15 upset.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s other mixed doubles pair, Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing, lost in their bid for a place in the quarter-finals after losing to newcomers Yoo Yeon Seong/Kim Ha Na from South Korea, 15-21, 9-21.
Also failing to advance were national women’s doubles duo Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei, who were forced into a rubber game by South Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan.
Vivian/Khe Wei displayed confidence in the first set winning 21-17, but could not sustain their performance in the second and third sets losing 12-21, 17-21.