KUALA LUMPUR: Former world junior champion Goh Jin Wei pulled off one of her career's biggest wins when she upset world No. 9 Han Yue of China to reach the Hong Kong Open semi-finals on Friday.
Jin Wei, the world No. 34, won 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 to mark her first win over a top-10 opponent in more than four years.
The last time she accomplished the feat was during the 2019 Malaysia Masters when she beat the world No. 7 He Bing Jiao of China.
It was also at the Malaysia Masters that Jin Wei made it to the last four of a Super 500 event - an achievement she repeated for only the second time today.
What made Jin Wei's feat more remarkable is that she achieved it as an independent player this time, as well as on the back of nine straight first-round exits on the World Tour since the All England in March.
Jin Wei will take on China's Zhang Yi Man next.
Interestingly, Jin Wei has never lost to world No. 17 Yi Man in all their last three encounters between 2018 and 2019, but that was when Jin Wei was playing her best badminton before her progress was curtailed by a stomach ailment.