Malaysian shuttlers on fire in Birmingham

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are on for a grand haul in badminton at the Commonwealth Games.

World No 11 Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah led the strong run in the evening session on Saturday as they kept their focus to beat Singapore's Jin Yujia-Crystal Wong 21-15, 11-21, 21-15 in the women's doubles quarter-finals.

Despite dropping a game, Pearly-Thinaah just had too much firepower as they finished strongly to book their last-four spot.

They next face India's Treesa Jolly-Gayathri Gopichand, whom they had beaten en route to helping Malaysia clinch the team event gold earlier.

In men's doubles, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Chan Peng Soon-Tan Kian Meng put up strong efforts to reach the last four.

Aaron-Wooi Yik hardly broke a sweat as they eased past Uganda's Brian Kasirye-Daniel Wanagaliya 21-6, 21-12.

Peng Soon-Kian Meng, on the other hand, were equally untroubled in their 21-16, 21-12 win over Sri Lanka's Sachin Dias-Buwaneka Goonethilleka.

Aaron-Wooi Yik play England's Ben Lane-Sean Vendy while Peng Soon-Kian Meng will be up against India's S. Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty in the semi-finals later today.

Other Malaysians in the semi-finals are Ng Tze Yong (men's singles) and Tan Lian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (mixed doubles).

Malaysia have so far won one gold in badminton, achieved in the mixed team event.

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