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Pair keep hopes alive

Posted: 21 Apr 2011 10:12 AM PDT


Goh Wei Shem (left) and Lim Khim Wah reach the last eight.

Goh Wei Shem (left) and Lim Khim Wah reach the last eight.

MEN'S doubles Goh Wei Shem-Lim Khim Wah are the last Malaysians standing in the Badminton Asia Championships when they advanced to the quarter-finals in Chengdu, China yesterday.

Wei Shem-Khim Wah, playing in their third tournament as a pair, defeated Thailand's Songphon Anugritayawon-Sudket Prapakamol 21-16, 21-10 in 25 minutes to give some relief to the Malaysian camp after the rest bit the dust in the preliminary rounds.

However, they face an uphill task against favourites Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China, who beat Kwon Yi Goo-Cho Gun Woo of South Korea 21-13, 21-13, in the last eight today.


Men's singles Liew Daren crashed out in the third round after losing 21-16, 19-21, 21-19 to China's Du Pengyu in 76 minutes.

Lydia Cheah was also no match for China's Li Xuerui in the women's singles as the former suffered a 21-11, 21-17 defeat in just 29 minutes.

In the women's doubles, Marylen Ng Poau Leng-Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo-Lim Yin Loo found the going tough in the second round.


Top seeds Cheng Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin showed Marylen-Khe Wei the way out with a 21-19, 21-11 triumph while Vivian-Yin Loo suffered a 21-14, 21-11 defeat to Duang Anong Arunkesorn-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul of Thailand in the second round.

The tournament also saw a major upset in the men's singles when Sho Sasaki of Japan toppled world champion Chen Jin of China 21-12, 20-22, 21-15 in the third round.

Top seed Lin Dan of China also struggled before beating compatriot Wen Kai 18-21, 21-19, 21-16 in 66 minutes to reach the last eight. -- K.M. BOOPATHY

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End of the road for Hong Kong's Fu

Posted: 21 Apr 2011 08:30 AM PDT

SHEFFIELD (United Kingdom): Hong Kong's Marco Fu crashed out of the World Championships in the first round after blowing his lead against Martin Gould.

Trailing 6-3 from Tuesday's opening session, Gould won seven of nine frames on Wednesday to win 10-8 and set up a second round clash with Judd Trump, who defeated reigning champion Neil Robertson in the first round.

It was a painful case of deja vu for Fu, who was beaten 10-9 by Gould at the same stage of the World Championships last year.


Fu had shown inspired form in the early stages of the match, but fell to pieces with the second round within touching distance.

Gould reeled off five frames in a row to lead 8-6, and it could have been 9-6 but the 29-year-old wasted an early chance in the 15th frame. He managed to blast the black at a corner pocket so firmly it jumped off the table and landed on the Crucible carpet, to his bemusement.

Fu narrowed the gap to 8-7 with a run of 60 and then drew level with a break of exactly 100, but a run of 59 helped Gould jump back into the lead, and he finished with a flourish to book the appointment with Trump.


Fu admitted his lack of consistency had been to blame for his latest failure at the Crucible Theatre.

"Some of the pots I made were pretty good but overall I'm just too inconsistent. It's just frustrating for me at the moment," Fu said.

He was woken up in the middle of the night by a hotel fire alarm but stressed that had not affected his performance.


"Obviously I was distracted but I went back to sleep half an hour later. It wasn't that at all," Fu said.

Gould added: "I'm quite happy with the way I played. I can still play a lot better but I'm just glad to be into the next round."

England's Rory McLeod, the 40-year-old who coaches Qatar's national team to supplement his earnings from playing, reached the second round for the first time with a 10-6 victory over Ricky Walden.

Last year's runner-up Graeme Dott held off a fightback by Mark King to win 10-7 and clinch a second-round match against Ali Carter. -- AFP

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