Koo Kien Keat – Tan Boon Heong ease into Men’s Doubles semi-final at Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold
Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong showed their elite skills as they surged into Men’s Doubles semi-final after toppling Korea’s Dae Eun Kim and Sang Joon Lee at the quarter-final stage in Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold 2012 in Malaysia, on Friday, May 4.
Boon Heong and Kien Keat, who are top seeds in the main draw of Men’s Doubles category at Malaysia Open, showed their confident attitude in the court as they did not show even a slight mercy to their rivals and won the contest easily.
The World Number 8 Boon Heong and Kien Keat have a golden opportunity to win this home tournament ahead of Olympic Games as it will put them on the right track.
The higher ranked Malaysians were just impressive in the court as they played with confidence and did not spare any chance for their Korean opponents to dominate the pace.
The top seeds won this quarter-final battle in an inspiring manner in straight games by taking just 27 minutes.
On the other hand, Dae Eun and Sang Joon failed to show their brilliance as they could not dictate the pace of rallies and also failed to manipulate the loopholes of their higher ranked local rivals.
In the opening set, both pairs started to play fast and aggressive badminton but none of them could manage a strong position in the game in opening half.
Until the one-minute break in opening set, Boon Heong and Kien Keat were just ahead of their Korean opponents by reaching at 11-10.
After the break, Boon Heong and Kien Keat geared up their speed and also played dominating badminton at net.
They forced their lower ranked challengers to get into a defensive position by playing attacking game.
The Malaysians took advantage in this quarter-final contest by bagging the opening set with a comprehensive margin of 21-14.
In the second game, Boon Heong and Kien Keat started in a stunning way as they set up an incredible lead of 11-2 until the break.
After the break, they continued their power play and cheered their home fans by ending the second game with a one-sided score of 21-12.
Boon Heong and Kien Keat won this 27-minute quarter-final encounter in straight games with a 21-14 and 21-12 margin on the board.