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Doyce topples top seed Shasmithaa in WSF tournament

KUALA LUMPUR: Doyce Lee stunned top seed N. Shasmithaa today to qualify for the WSF Satellite No. 3 Tournament women's semi-finals.

The joint ninth seed from Sabah rallied from a set down to win 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-2, and will battle Anrie Goh next.

Anrie, seeded joint ninth, continued her superb form by upsetting joint fifth seed Abhitha Shanraj 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 in the quarter-finals. On Thursday, Arnie upset joint third seed R. Darsyanaa in straight sets.

Doyce, 16, said: "Despite losing the first set to Shasmithaa, I never gave up and fought back in the second set. After winning the second set, I knew that I could beat her.

"I can expect another tough encounter against Anrie, who upset two higher seeded players to reach the semis-finals."

Jessica Keng also advanced into the last four with an 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 win over South Korea's Kim Ha Eun, and will next meet another Korean, Ain Jun. Joint fifth seed Ain Jun beat compatriot Sang Eun Park 11-6, 11-9, 11-7.

In men's competition, joint fifth seed Harith Danial Jefri upset top seed Andrik Lim 11-6, 12-14, 12-14, 11-5, 11-9, and will face Low Wa Sern for a place in the final. Joint ninth seed Wa Sern upset joint third seed Yuta Ando of Japan 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.

The other semi-final is between Korean Seung Yong Yoo and Japan's Shota Yasunari.

Results (Malaysians unless stated)

Men's second round: Andrik Lim bt Yuki Tokuhara (Jpn) 11-5, 11-6, 11-5; Shota Yasunari (Jpn) bt Lee Jong Hyeok (Kor) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7; Harith Danial Jefri bt Shamlan Ali (Kuw) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5; Lee Dong Min (Kor) bt Ryu Leong Min (Kor) 11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6; Low Wa Sern bt Altamis Aqhar Sallam 11-7, 11-5, 11-6; Seung Yong Yoo (Kor) bt Sunil Kumar Sivanesan 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 13-11; Yuta Ando (Jpn) bt Hi Jia Rong (Kor) 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 10-12, 11-5; Fathan Azzikri (Ina) bt Kuhen Ravendran 11-3, 11-6, 11-6.

Quarter-finals: Harith Danial Jefri bt Andrik Lim 11-6, 12-14, 12-14, 11-5, 11-9; Shota Yasunari (Jpn) bt Lee Dong Min (Kor) 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10; Low Wa Sern bt Yuto Ando (Jpn) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6; Seung Yong Yoo (Kor) bt Fathan Azzikri 11-5, 14-12, 4-11, 11-5.

Women

Quarter-finals: Doyce Lee bt N. Shasmithaa 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-2; Ain Jun (Kor) bt Sang Eun Park (Kor) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7; Anrie Goh bt Abhitha Shanraj 11-8, 11-6, 11-7; Jessica Keng bt Kim Ha Eun (Kor) 11-4, 11-7, 11-7.

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