Heng Wai one match away from back-to-back crowns

KUALA LUMPUR: Top seed Wong Heng Wai is just a match away from winning her second WSF satellite tournament.

The 19-year-old Kedahan defeated compatriot Jessica Keng 13-11, 11-9, 11-4 in today's semi-finals to set up a repeat final against second seed N. Shasmithaa for the WSF satellite No. 2 crown at the Sungei Ujong Club in Seremban tomorrow.

Shasmithaa, who lost in straight sets in the final to Heng Wai in WSF satellite No. 1 at the same venue last month, slogged in her 11-9, 11-7, 4-11, 6-11, 11-9 win over Whitney Isabelle of Penang in the other semi-final.

Heng Wai expects a tough final tomorrow.

"Today was not an easy semi-final win. I have to produce my A-game to win my second title. My goal is to improve my ranking," said Heng Wai, the world No 195, today.

In the men's semi-finals, top seed Andrik Lim defeated third-fourth seed Yuta Ando of Japan 11-7, 11-6, 2-11, 11-8.

Andrik, ranked 328th in the world, will face South Korean Ryu Jeongmin in the final.

The Korean, seeded joint ninth-16th, upset fifth-eight seed Low Wa Sern 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 in the other semi-final battle.

The 20-year-old Andrik from Melaka said it was a physical match against the Japanese in the semi-finals.

"After winning the first two sets, I made mistakes and lost the third. However, I bounced back to win the fourth set.

"I have never met the Korean, and I expect a tough final," said Andrik.

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