MALAYSIA’S Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have beaten two younger China pairs. Now, they will be out to teach the “big brothers” – Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen – a lesson.
Yesterday, top seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong were given an incrediable fight by China’s young pair of Chai Biao-Zhang Nan before they prevailed 21-19, 16-21, 21-15 to reach the men’s doubles final of the Malaysian Open.
They had beaten another young pair Tao Jiaming-Sun Junjie in the second round.
Today, they will take on world No. 7 Guo-Xu Chen, who defeated Indonesians Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan 13-21, 21-13, 21-13 in the other semi-final.
The experienced Chinese pair are the second best in China behind Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, who had skipped the Malaysian Open.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong were happy to reach their second final in four years.
“We have beaten this pair (Chai-Zhang) twice but they showed a lot of improvement in their game today. “They are more experienced after playing quite regularly in international tournaments,” said Boon Heong.