Vi­vian and Khe Wei hope to turn a poor year around

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER

THE first half of this year has been rather dis­ap­point­ing for na­tional women’s dou­bles Vi­vian Hoo Kah Mun-Woon Khe Wei.

But duo are hop­ing to change all that at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017).

Yes­ter­day, the na­tional No 1 pair reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the New Zealand Open in Auck­land fol­low­ing a com­fort­able 2112, 21-10 win over lo­cals Danielle Tahuri-Xie Yong­shi in the sec­ond round.

The top seeded Malaysians will face China’s Qiao Shi­jun-Zhang Shux­ian for a place in the last four stage.

“To­day’s match was not re­ally tough. How­ever, we are well aware that all that will change to­mor­row in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

“We play a young Chi­nese pair, so hope­fully our ex­pe­ri­ence will see us through.

“What is more im­por­tant for Khe Wei and I now is the Sea Games. Pres­sure is mount­ing as we are ex­pected to de­liver the gold medal.

“This year has not been good for us. We have not played well enough so hope­fully we get to use this New Zealand Open as a plat­form for us to get back our rhythm ahead of the Games later this month.

“All I can say is there is only one way up, and Khe Wei and I have got no choice but to de­liver the best we can,” said Vi­vian.

Also through to the quar­ter­fi­nals were Joyce Choong-Goh Yea Ching who thumped New Zealand’s Alyssa Ta­gle-Jac­que­line Yu 21-4, 21-5 in the sec­ond round. The Malaysians take on fourth seeds Ayako Saku­ramo­toYukiko Taka­hata of Ja­pan next.

In the women’s sin­gles, Ho Yen Mei checked into the last eight with a 21-13, 21-16 up­set win over eighth seed Yu­lia Yosephin Su­santo of In­done­sia.

Yen Mei, who has failed to win a ti­tle since clinch­ing the Pol­ish In­ter­na­tional crown in 2015, is up against sec­ond seed Fi­tri­ani Fi­tri­ani, also from In­done­sia, to­day.

“I have been too hard on my­self re­cently, and I think it’s time for me to calm down. I’m grate­ful to have reached the quar­ter-fi­nals and my head-to-head record with Fi­tri­ani is also not too bad. We have beaten each other once. Let’s see, maybe with this new mind­set, I can go a step fur­ther,” added Yen Mei.

Men’s dou­bles Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi are the other Malaysians who will fea­ture in to­day’s quar­ter-fi­nals.

The sec­ond seeds saw off New Zealand’s Kevin Den­nerly Min­turn-Sa­muel Ho 21-13, 21-6 in the sec­ond round and will face sev­enth seeds Liao Min Chun-Su Cheng Heng next.

It was, how­ever, the end of the road for mixed dou­bles Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See who went down fight­ing 12-21, 21-15, 21-19 to In­done­sia’s Riky Wid­ianto-Richi Pus­pita Dili.

Vi­vian Hoo (left) and Woon Khe Wei have reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the New Zealand Open.

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