MAK Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong stormed into the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix men's doubles semi-finals when they turned the tables on training mates and World No 8 Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari at the Johor Baru City Council Indoor Stadium yesterday.
World No 1 Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui also stayed on course for their second straight title, after the Indonesia Open, in the women's doubles.
Hee Chun-Wee Kiong, a national back-up pair, defeated Zakry-Fairuzizuan 20-22, 23-21, 21-11 in 48 minutes and they were joined by World No 4 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and former national pair Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen.
It is Hee Chun-Wee Kiong's first major semi-final since they were paired together by doubles coach Rexy Mainaky in January. They will be hoping to do one better when they face Teik Chai-Bin Shen, who beat Razif Latif-Chan Peng Soon 21-14, 21-14, today.
"We have exceeded our target which was the quarter-final. We used our speed to gain advantage and controlled the rhythm of the game against Zakry-Fairuzizuan. We have not played Teik Chai-Bin Shen before," said Hee Chun.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong were given a tough time by China's Sun Junjie-Tao Jiaming before winning 23-25, 21-8, 21-15 and will face Indonesia's fifth seeds Alvent Yulianto Chandra-Hendra Aprida Gunawan, who overcame Japan's Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata 21-19, 21-13, in the other semi-final.
In the women's doubles, Pei Tty-Eei Hui were sluggish in the opening game but stormed back for a 13-21, 21-15, 21-16 win over Japan's Rie Eto-Yu Wakita.
Pei Tty said she and Eei Hui were bewildered with the awkward game style of their opponents in the opening game.
"They played like singles players and we could not follow their style. We changed our strategy from the second game onwards to ensure a win." said Pei Tty.
The Malaysian pair face Singapore's Frances Liu-Vanessa Neo, who overcame local duo Nairul Suhada Latif-Amelia Alicia Anscelly 21-17, 12-21, 21-19, in today's semi-final.
"We are tired as this is our third straight tournament but we will try our best to get the better of the Singaporeans. We have not met them before," added Pei Tty.
China's Gao Ling-Wei Yili, who hammered Thailand's Savitree Amitrapai-Vacharaporn Munkit 21-9 21-4, meet teammates Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli, who thrashed Indonesia's Vita Marissa-Nadya Melati 21-11, 21-12, in the other semi-final.
Malaysia's campaign in the mixed doubles ended when Ong Jian Guo-Chong Sook Chin, a national elite back-up pair, were shown the exit by China's Zheng Bo-Ma Jin. The Malaysians lost 21-19, 21-7.