Justin, June Wei on course for all-Malaysian final at Guwahati Masters

KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Justin Hoh took a significant step towards winning the Guwahati Masters in India when he overcame Indonesia's Alwi Farhan in the quarter-finals today.

In a thrilling 67-minute battle at Saru Sajai Indoor Sports Complex, India, on Friday, the 19-year-old Justin secured a 17-21, 22-20, 21-17 victory against the reigning world junior champion.

Justin will face another Indonesian opponent, Alvi Wijaya Chairullah, in the semi-finals tomorrow as he seeks to make a remarkable comeback from injury and reach his first-ever World Tour final.

Justin defeated Alvi this year at the Iran International Challenge semi-finals in February.

Fans are keeping their fingers crossed for an all-Malaysian final, hoping Cheam June Wei will materialise this dream.

June Wei advanced to the last four with a convincing 14-21, 21-12, 21-9 win over India's Kartikey Gulshan Kumar. He faces Indonesia's Yohanes Saut Marcellyno tomorrow.

Choong Hon Jian will be involved in the men's doubles and mixed doubles semi-finals tomorrow.

Malaysia are assured a spot in the men's doubles final with Hon Jian-Haikal Nazri taking on Boon Xin Yuan-Goh V Shem in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Hon Jian-Haikal defeated India's Achutaditya Rao-Venkata Harsha Vardhan 21-9, 21-14, while Xin Yuan-V Shem outlasted Lwi Sheng Hao-Jimmy Wong 18-21, 21-16, 22-20.

Hon Jian will also feature in the mixed doubles, partnering with Go Pei Kee,

following a 21-18, 21-13 win over Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See.

They will face Denmark's Mads Vestergaard-Christine Busch tomorrow.

In the women's singles, K. Letshanaa's gallant run ended as she succumbed to a 21-12, 21-16 defeat against India's Malvika Bansod.

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