Justin eyes revenge in Guwahati Masters

KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Justin Hoh will get his chance to avenge the defeat to Indonesia's Alwi Farhan after advancing to the quarter-finals of the Guwahati Masters in India on Thursday.

Justin, who has just returned from a lengthy injury layoff, beat India's Mithun Manjunath 21-19, 21-19 to set up a repeat of last week's Syed Modi India International clash with Alwi.

Justin will be eager to get things right this time as he has yet to register a single win against the reigning world junior champion Alwi in all two meetings to date.

Also through was Cheam June Wei, who sent another home player, Subhankar Dey, packing with a convincing 21-15, 21-15 win.

It marked June Wei's first time reaching the last eight on the World Tour this year, but he will be hoping to march further when he takes on India's Kartikey Gulshan Kumar.

K. Letshanaa, the sole survivor in the women's singles contest, kept her momentum going by securing a hard-fought 21-15, 11-21, 21-18 win over Ira Sharma of India.

She will next face another home opponent, Malvika Bansod, for a place in the semi-final.

Malaysia flexed their muscles in the men's doubles with as many as three pairs securing their progress to the next stage.

Independent pair Lwi Sheng Hao-Jimmy Wong ousted top seeds Danie Lundgaard-Mads Verstergaard 16-21, 21-17, 21-19.

Rio Olympics silver medallist Goh V Shem, who forged a new partnership with Boon Xin Yuan, made it an all-Malaysian affair after knocking out eighth seeds Krishna Prasad Garaga-K. Sai Pratheek 16-21, 21-15, 21-19.

The prospects of having two Malaysian pairs in Saturday's semi-finals in the upper half of the draw, assuring the country of a spot in the final, look bright as Choong Hon Jian-Haikal Nazri remain in top form.

Hon Jian-Haikal, buoyed by last week's victory in Lucknow, outclassed Denmark's William Kryger Boe-Christian Faust Kjaer 21-17, 21-10 and look more than capable of overcoming unheralded Indian duo Achutaditya Rao-Venkata Harsha Vardhan next.

Go Pei Kee-Low Yeen Yuan kept the country's challenge going in the women's doubles, beating India's Ishu Malik-Tanu Malik 21-14, 21-9 to reach the last eight.

Hon Jian and Pei Kee will continue to assume dual roles after they combined well to edge B. Sumeeth Reddy-N. Sikki Reddy 13-21, 21-19, 21-17, and they are set to go up against seniors Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See next.

Peng Soon-Yee See, the KL Masters winners, powered past Taiwan's Lin Bing Wei-Wang Szu Min 21-17, 21-13.

However, it was the end of the road for Hoo Pang Ron-Cheng Su Yin after they went down fighting to second seeds Terry Hee-Jessica Tan of Singapore 18-21, 21-18, 21-14.

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