Taipei: As others faltered, former world junior champion Mak Hee Chun and his partner Chow Pak Chuu held it together to advance to the quarter-finals of Chinese Taipei Open Championships knocking off world No.32 Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira-Ade Yusuf of Indonesia 21-19, 21-12.
Mak Hee Chun (left) and his doubles partner Chow Pak Chuu hope to revive their career in badminton.Mak Hee Chun (left) and his doubles partner Chow Pak Chuu hope to revive their career in badminton.
Mak Hee Chun was once down in the doldrums after being dropped from the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) set-up in September 2012. But after a long hiatus, the 23-year-old Hee Chun, who won the world junior boys’ doubles title with Teo Kok Siang in 2008, teamed up with former partner Chow Pak Chuu in a bid to revive his career. They will play Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata of Japan on Friday.
Chooi Kah Ming-Teo Ee Yi couldn't repeat a performance like they did yesterday as they defeated the 8th seeded Taiwanese pair; On Thursday, Chooi-Teo found themselves at the mercy of China’s Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen fast attacks and couldn’t hold on. The game ended with 19-21, 14-21 victory to the Chinese pair.
Another Malaysian back-up pair, Tai An Khang-Woon Mun Choon had no answer to world No. 81 Hiroyuki Saeki-Ryota Taohata of Japan losing 16-21, 12-21 in 29 minutes.
In men's singles, Tan Chun Seang, the independent shuttler from Malaysia, went down 19-21, 21-19, 12-21 in a hard fought match against Japanese Riichi Takeshita.
Meanwhile, Thomas cupper Goh Soon Huat was unable to take down the two time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan by bowing out 16-21, 16-21 in 39 minutes.
The top seeded women's singles, Sung Ji Hyun of Korea proved far too strong for Sannatasah Saniru of Malaysia, powering to a 21-6 21-13 straight sets victory in second round.
Malaysia's women’s doubles, Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho suffered a disappointing lost 22-24, 19-21 to fifth seeds Tang Yuanting-Huang Yaqiong of China.