Saturday March 16, 2013
Badminton: Vivian-Khe Wei reach Swiss Open q-finals
PETALING JAYA: Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei are on track to qualify for the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.
The women’s doubles pair, plagued by an injury to Khe Wei last year, reached their second consecutive quarter-finals at the Swiss Open GP Gold in Basel on Thursday.
Vivian-Khe Wei, playing in their second tournament of the year, picked up some valuable ranking points after posting a 21-7, 14-21, 21-10 win over Holland’s Selena Piek-Iris Tabeling in the second round.
Vivian-Khe Wei, who reached the quarter-finals at last week’s All-England, now face fourth seeds Duanganong Aroonkesorn-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul of Thailand for a place in the semi-finals.
Ranked No. 25 in the world, Vivian-Khe Wei need to get into the top 24 to qualify for the World Championships.
“I’m quite happy with our performance. We are definitely getting our momentum back,” said Vivian.
“We’re regaining our confidence with every match since the All-England. The most important thing now is to improve our physical strength,” added Vivian.
Khe Wei believes they need to maintain their form to earn a ticket to Guangzhou.
“If we can play like we are playing now for the next few tournaments, we definitely have a chance,” said Khe Wei.
“I’m just really happy to be playing well again, especially after beating Indonesians Anneke Feinya Agustin-Nitya Krishinda Maheshwari in the first round. They are tough rivals.”
Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern, however, failed to join Vivian-Khe Wei in the last eight. They lost 21-13, 21-18 to top seeds Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark.
In the men’s singles, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif also fell by the wayside after losing 21-15, 21-19 to Japan’s Takuma Ueda.
The challenge now rests on the shoulders of Chong Wei Feng, who takes on Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen for a spot in the last four.
In the men’s doubles, both the professional pairs of Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock crashed out in the second round.
Third seeds Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, however, powered through to the last eight with a 21-15, 21-9 win over Holland’s Jacco Arends-Jelle Maas.