Friday December 21, 2012
Arif and Misbun go tumbling out in third round of India GP
PETALING JAYA: There was no joy for Mohd Arif Abdul Latif at the India Grand Prix in Lucknow, India, yesterday.
Much was expected from the 23-year-old Arif following his quarter-finalist appearance in last monthís Hong Kong Open. Instead, the seventh-seeded Arif lost 10-21, 16-21 to R.M.V Gurusaidutt of India in the menís singles third round.
It was Arifís second straight defeat to a lower-ranked player, having lost to unknown South Korean Lee Dong-keun in the Korean Open GP Gold earlier this month.
Misbun Ramdan Misbun was also not his usual self, going down 16-21, 21-13, 16-21 to compatriot Goh Soon Huat.
Soon Huat, however, is not expected to progress further as he will probably face second seed P. Kashyap of India.
In menís doubles, former world junior champions Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han blew a one game lead to lose 21-16, 19-21, 16-21 to sixth seeds Andrei Adistia-Christopher Rusdianto of Indonesia.
There was, however, some joy for Malaysia in the womenís singles and mixed doubles as Sannatasah Saniru and Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing reached the last eight.
Sannatasah scored a 21-10, 21-12 win over Russiaís Ksenia Polikarpova in the second round. She will take on sixth seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan next. Sonia Cheah failed to clear her hurdle after losing 21-13, 5-11, 11-21 to third seed Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.
Aik Quan-Pei Jing proved their mettle as the second ranked mixed pair in Malaysia by beating Indonesiaís Irfan Fadhilah-Weni Anggraini 21-18, 22-20. A stiffer test awaits them next as they go up against Singaporeís Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo for a place in the semi-finals.
Menís singles third round: R.M.V Gurusaidutt (Ind) bt Mohd Arif Abdul Latif 21-10, 21-16; Goh Soon Huat bt Misbun Ramdan Misbun 21-16, 13-21, 21-16.
Menís doubles second round: Andrei Adistia-Christopher Rusdianto (Ina) bt Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han 16-21, 21-19, 21-16.
Womenís singles second round: Sannatasah Saniru bt Ksenia Polikarpova (Rus) 21-10, 21-12; Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Sonia Cheah 13-21, 21-5, 21-11.
Mixed doubles second round: Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing bt Irfan Fadhilah-Weni Anggraini (Ina) 21-18, 22-20.