KUALA LUMPUR: BA of Malaysia (BAM) president, Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria is clearly happy with the performance of national mixed doubles, Goh Soon Huat, Shevon Lai at the ongoing German Open.
Soon Huat-Shevon not only advanced to the semi-finals, but they kept their winning momentum going against Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranokroh-Sapsiree Tearattanahcai when they prevailed 21-14, 18-21, 23-21.
“I am very happy with the splendid performance of Soon Huat-Shevon, especially in the lead up to All England and the Commonwealth Games next month,” he said when contacted here earlier today.
Norza explained that the decision to go with Soon Huat-Shevon instead of Tan Kian Meng-Lai Peng Jin for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Cost is proving to be a right decision.
This is the third straight time after three meetings that Soon Huat-Shevon have gotten the better of Dechapol-Sapsiree, and the national pair’s opponents in the semi-finals will be eighth seeded South Koreans, Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo Jung.
Solgyu-Yoo Jung had beaten Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith of England, 21-13, 21-15.
Also advancing to the semi-finals is national men’s doubles top pair, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong who received a walkover as they were leading 21-19, 13-7 against Danish pair Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding after the Danes conceded due to injury.
Awaiting them in the semi-finals will be sixth seeded Japanese pair, Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko.