Iskandar Zulkarnain

KUALA LUMPUR: National men's singles Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin continued his red hot form in New Delhi when he reached the semi-finals of the India Open today.

The 27-year-old, who is making a comeback after recovering from a back injury last year, saw off local shuttler Sameer Verma 21-17, 21-14 in the quarter-finals and will face fourth seed Shi Yuqi of China next.

On Thursday, the Malaysian shutter pulled off one of his biggest career wins, when he sent World No 3 K.Srikanth packing in the second round.

The victory will come as a timely boost for Iskandar who is listed for the Badminton Asia Team Championships - which serves as qualifier for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals - next week.

It was, however, the end of the road for national mixed doubles Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie who crashed out in the last eight.

The Malaysian pair, who moved up a rung to No 12 on the world ranking after a series of commendable performances, lost 21-11, 21-19 to China's He Jiting-Du Yue.

The Malaysian squad will next travel to Alor Star for the Asian Team championship on Feb 6-11.

Keywords badminton, Iskandar, India OpenSent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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