SINGAPORE OPEN: World No 8 get Olympic boost
SINGAPORE: MIXED doubles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying's tune-up for the London Olympics next month received a boost when they stormed into the semi-finals of the Singapore Open super series with another solid performance yesterday.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying, the World No 8, defeated South Korea's Yoo Yeon Seong-Jang Ye Na 21-13, 22-20 in 33 minutes.
They will play Taiwan's second seeds Chen Hung Ling-Cheng Wen Hsing, who beat V. Diju-Jwala Gutta of India 13-21, 21-14, 21-17, in the last four today.
It is their third semi-final in a super series event after the Malaysia Open and All England but making the final would give Peng Soon-Liu Ying a boost ahead of the Olympics where they have an outside chance for a medal.
However, it was not meant to be Liew Daren's day as his attempt to achieve his first super series semi-final appearance was halted by Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam who secured a 14-21, 21-11, 21-13 triumph in 56 minutes.
In another quarter-final clash, Chong Wei Feng lost 21-12, 22-20 to China's Wang Zhengming.
Men's doubles Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah also found the going tough against Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia, suffering a 21-18 21-17 defeat in 33 minutes.