PASIR GUDANG: Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo are fourth-ranked women’s doubles for Malaysia. No one expected them to go too far in the Malaysia Open GP, but they've demonstrated their fighting spirit yesterday by defeating third seeds Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei (world No. 20) of Singapore 21-17, 22-20 to reach the semi-finals of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium.
This performance could further strengthen their bid for a place in the Uber Cup Finals squad. They will play against they will take on Ou Dongni-Xiong Mengjing of China in the semi-finals.
The pair is currently ranked behind Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern and Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho on the Malaysia women’s team. If the duo could pull off a few more upsets in the tournament, they could be included in the Uber Cup squad.
Yin Loo is no stranger to Malaysia Open GP, she reached the semi-final last year with her former partner Goh Liu Ying, said: “It is great to reach the semi-finals again with a new partner. We were trailing in both games but fought our way back to point by point."
“We really hope our performance at Malaysia Open GP could put us back in contention for a spot at the Uber Cup team.”
Meanwhile, despite playing in their first international tournament, Tan Boon Heong-Ow Yao Han delivered a good fight before went down to 23-25, 6-21, 19-21 to third seeds Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Markis Kido of Indonesia.
The defending champions Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, who defeated India’s Alwin Francis-Arun Vishnu 21-18, 2-14, will look forward for a good match against Markis-Kido and his younger partner.
“Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Markis Kido pairs is has done amazingly well in a short span of time as a pair. The semifinal match is going to be grueling, but we are ready!” said Goh V Shem.