Thursday, 20 Jun 2024

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Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong Keep Malaysia’s Hopes Alive at BWF World Superseries Finals

In an intense match at the CR Land BWF World Superseries Finals, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong secured a hard-fought victory in the Men’s Doubles category, keeping Malaysia’s semi-final hopes alive. Facing formidable Danish pair Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, the Malaysian duo knew that they had to win to have a chance at progressing further in the tournament. After a loss to the top-seeded Chinese pair Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in Group A, Koo and Tan were determined to prove their mettle. Despite the withdrawal of their Korean rivals Kim Ki Jung and Kim Sa Rang, whom they were scheduled to play against, the Malaysians could not afford a second loss.

The match showcased their tenacity and resilience, fighting for every point even when faced with difficulties on the court. In a grueling three-game battle, Koo and Tan emerged victorious with a scoreline of 21-19, 15-21, 21-18 at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center.

Meanwhile, the home team China continued their dominating performance across all categories. Du Pengyu secured his second win in Group A of Men’s Singles by defeating Hong Kong’s Hu Yun with a score of 21-18, 23-21. On the neighboring court, Wang Shixian outplayed Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun with a score of 21-19, 21-19 in Women’s Singles.

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In Women’s Singles, Juliane Schenk of Germany displayed her determination by coming from behind to defeat fellow European Tine Baun. After losing the first game, Schenk rallied and won the match with a final score of 14-21, 21-16, 21-8.

Match Highlights:

• Chinese Mixed Doubles pair Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei made a strong comeback after their initial loss, defeating Indonesia’s Muhammad Rijal and Debby Susanto with a score of 21-13, 21-10 in Group B.

• Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen continued their impressive performance in the Mixed Doubles category, winning their second match against Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying with a score of 21-16, 21-8.

• Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, the Chinese Women’s Doubles pair, maintained their dominance and march towards a third successive World Superseries Finals title. They defeated Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi with a convincing score of 21-9, 21-9 in Group B action.

For the full results of the day, click [here](link to the full results page).