HO CHI MINH: It was a case of third time lucky for professional shuttler Cheam June Wei who finally got the better of his nemesis, Lee Chia Hao, of Taiwan today.
The Malaysian reached the Vietnam Open semi-finals after overcoming Chia Hao 22-20, 25-27, 22-20 in a thrilling battle that lasted an hour and 21 minutes.
For world No 67 June Wei, it was his first win over the world No 89 in three meetings.
Chia Hao has proven to be a tough nut to crack for Malaysian shuttlers this year, having beaten the likes of Leong Jun Hao, Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin and Lim Chong King earlier this year.
June Wei will next battle former Asian junior champion Sun Fei Xiang of China for a place in tomorrow's final. Fei Xiang beat national back-up player Lee Shun Yang 21-17, 24-22.
June Wei now aims to reach his first World Tour-level final since finishing runner-up at the Dutch Open in October, 2018.
And June Wei will fancy his chance against Fei Xiang whom he has beaten both times they have met.
However, Malaysia's challenge in the mixed doubles came to a disappointing end when both Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See and Low Juan Shen-Goh Liu Ying fell in the last eight.
Third seeds Peng Soon-Yee See went down 21-19, 21-17 to India's new combination of Rohan Kapoor-N. Sikki Reddy.
Juan Shen-Liu Ying were outplayed 21-18, 21-9 by Indonesian second seeds Zachariah Josiahno Sumanti-Hediana Juliemarbela.