Professional pairs sail into semi-finals at Taiwan Open

V Shem and Wee Kiong will next play Danes Mathias Boe-Mads Conrad-Petersen (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian professional duo Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong have sailed into the semi-finals of the 2019 Taiwan Open badminton championship today.

The world No 15 pair, turned up in style to beat former world No 1 Lee Yong Dae-Kim Gi Jung of South Korea 21-18, 21-19 in 37 minutes.

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist will next take on unseeded Mathias Boe-Mads Conrad-Petersen of Denmark in the semi-finals clash tomorrow.

Earlier, the Danes were struggling in their match before claiming a 21-16, 19-21, 21-17 victory against first seeds Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia.

Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying also marched into the mixed doubles semi-finals after having defeated Indonesian Rinov Rinaldy-Pitha Mentari 18-21, 21-14, 21-14.

The world No 5 pair will face Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong in the semi-finals.

It was unfortunate for third seed, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik when they lost to South Korean Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung Jae 18-21, 14-21.

Also ending his journey was Malaysian men’s singles player, Cheam June Wei who lost to Chou Tien Chen 11-21, 21-15, 17-21.