Badminton: Joo Ven and Goh-Shevon storm into semi-finals

PETALNG JAYA: South Korea could also prove a lucky hunting ground for Malaysia’s independent shuttles Soong Joo Ven and mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie.

Barely a week ago, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing ended a five-year title drought to win the Korean Open mixed doubles title, and another successful title run for Malaysia is looking brighter at the Korean Masters in Gwangju City.

Men’s singles player Joo Ven advanced to the semifinals of the Korean Masters after beating Israeli player and world No. 49 Misha Zilberman 23-21, 21-18 yesterday.

It was a hard-fought game but Joo Ven, 26, was relieved to come through at crucial moments.

“I’m really happy because it’s been a long time since I got this far in a Super 300 or higher tournament.

“I was also careful not to give away easy points because my opponent has played twice in the Olympics and is also experienced,” said Joo Ven, who is ranked 68th in the world.

Joo Ven is one step away from reaching the final if he can defeat Japan’s world No. 47 Kodai Naraoka in the semifinals today. The Japanese shuttle beat France’s Lucas Claerbout in another quarterfinal match 21-15, 21-17.

Joo Ven, former runner-up at the Asian Boys’ Singles Championship, vowed to give it his all today to come out on top.

“This is a very good opportunity for me to improve my position in the world rankings and I will not let this opportunity pass me by,” said Joo Ven, who is hoping to match or improve on his only previous finals appearance at the BWF World Tour 2018

He then reached his first international final at the Hyderabad Open before losing to top seed Sameer Verma of India.

Joo Ven will also be motivated to prove a point to the Badminton Association of Malaysia after being left out of the training squad for next month’s Thomas Cup Finals in Bangkok, despite being one of the top four men’s singles shuttles in the country.

Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin (No. 112), Leong Jun Hao (No. 121) and Ong Ken Yon (No. 281) – got the nod along with world No. 7 Lee Zii Jia, Ng Tze Yong and veteran Liew Daren .

Independent mixed doubles Soon Huat-Shevon also advanced to the semifinals after defeating Terry Hee-Tan Wei Han of Singapore 21-16, 21-11.

Huat-Shevon will soon be relieved to defeat the Singapore couple, who have won three titles in the last six months.

Coached by former top Malaysian doubles player Yap Kim Hock, Terry-Wei Han were winners of the India Open and Orleans Masters this year.

Huat-Shevon will soon meet China’s Ou Xuanyi-Huang Yaqiong in the semifinals, who defeated Korean Kang Min-hyuk-Baek Ha-na 21:12, 21:19 yesterday.

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS

INDIVIDUAL MEN: Soong Joo Ven (Mas) vs. Misha Zilberman (Isr) 23-21, 21-18; Kodai Naraoka (Jpn) vs. Lucas Claerbout (Fra) 21-15, 21-17; Sitthikom Thammasin (Tha) bt Lu Guangzu (Chn) 16-21, 21-12, 21-15; Jeon Hyeok-jin (Kor) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-3, 21-16.

Men’s doubles: Choi Sol-gyu-Kim Won-ho (Kor) bt Terry Hee-Loh Kean Hean (Sin) 21-15, 21-11; Kim Gi-jung-Kim Sa-rang (Kor) bt Kang Min-hyuk-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) 21-19, 21-13; Liu Yuchen-Ou Xuanyi (Chn) bt Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) 21-17, 18-21, 21-13; Hiroki Okamura-Masayuki Onodera (Jpn) vs. Mohd Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana (Ina) 25-23, 19-21, 22-20.

LADIES SINGLE: Chen Yufei (Chn) vs Asuka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-14, 21-10; To Se-young (Kor) bt Supanida Katethong (Tha) 21-8, 21-14; He Bingjiao (Chn) bt Lee Se-yeon (Kor) 21-9, 21-10; Wang Zhiyi (Chn) bt Yeo Jia Min (Sin) 21-13, 21-13.

DOUBLE OF WOMEN: Eom Hye-won-Kim Bo-ryeong (Kor) bt Pichamon Phatcharaphisutsin-Nannapas Sukklad (Tha) 21-10, 21-7; Baek Ha-na-Lee Yu-rim (Kor) vs. Kim A-young-Kim So-jung (Kor) 21-8, 21-17; Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) bt Chang Ye-na-Jung Kyung-eun (Kor) 21-10, retired; Du Yue-Li Wenmei (Chn) bt Zhang Shuxian-Zheng Yu (Chn) 21-15, 21-19.

MIXED DOUBLE: Ou Xuanyi-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Kang Min-hyuk-Baek Ha-na (Kor) 21-15, 21-10; Yong Jin-Lee Yu-rim (Kor) bt Zheng Siwei-Zhang Shuxian (Chn) 21-14, 15-21, 21-18; Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) vs. Yujiro Nishikawa-Saori Ozaki (Jpn) 21-4, 21-6; Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai (Mas) bt Terry Hee-Tan Wei Han (Sin) 21-16, 21-11.

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