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Australian Open: Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How sole Malaysian left standing

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Category: Badminton News Published: 27 June 2014
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Sydney: Concluding the day's action on States Sports Centre in Sydney, Australia, two Malaysian pairs crashed out of the tournament leaving unseeded Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Boon Heong the sole doubles survivor.


On Friday, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong's sensation run was ended by Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of Korea. Goh/Tan lost their first set 21-15 to Lee-Yoo easily, but was able to give the Korean a run for their money before losing the second set 24-22.

Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How defeats Cai Yun-Lu Kai (right)
Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How defeats Cai Yun-Lu Kai (right)

Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How defeats Cai Yun-Lu Kai (right)

 The mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing had no answer to the searing Thailand pair Sudket Prapakamol-T. Saralee to crash out with 11-21, 15-21 in just 36 minutes.


Fortunately, the unseeded Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Boon Heong managed to fend off a spirited challenge from reigning Singapore Open champion  China’s Cai Yun-Kai Lu, win a 23-21, 21-16 win in a 47-minutes. The 2004 former world junior champions will set up a semi-final showdown with South Koreans Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong.


In last months' Thomas Cup's Group C tie against Korea, Hoon Thien How-Tan Boon Heong lost to the Korean 19-21, 19-21. Hoon/Tan will definitely be seeking revenge this time around.


"I don't really pay too much attention to the head-to-head records between us and the Korean. We just want to go out and play our best tomorrow," said Boon Heong.


Meanwhile, in the men’s singles semi-finals, Lin Dan will play Tian Houwei, and Tommy Sugiarto will face off against Simon Santoso.

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  • Just found that Boon Heong & Tian how lost to Yong Dae & Yeon Seong in Semi Final, straight sets, seems easy game for the Korean pair, no match at all. If compared to V Shem & Wee Kiang, they fought against the Koreans with more energies, spirit & power, unfortunately they did not win the second set or else their sensation run may continue until the Final, as both V Shem & Wee Kiang are the most excited men's double players to watch out for in the tournament so far, although they are still lacking of experience at high levels. Thus, we should keep this talented & potential pair to grow with more international exposures, they can one day become the world champion, believe it or not, we see the qualities in them, success may come their ways.

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