After four first-round exits, national men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi set the courts alight with a stunning win over world No. 5 Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto at the Hong Kong Open, a day after the meet was rocked by the shock withdrawal of world champion Kento Momota of Japan.
Ong/Teo were trailed by 8-12 in the first set, but they were able to win the next 7 out of 9 points to lead at 16-14 before Alfian/Ardianto regained the lead at 18-17. Nevertheless, Ong/Teo were able to hold their nerves to seize critical points at key moment to win 21-19 in the first set.
Alfian/Ardianto started to give up after the mid-game interval of the second set. The Malaysian pair didn’t face too much trouble to wrap up the game 21-14. They will face World No. 13 Choi Solgyu/Seo Seung Jae of Korea on Friday.
Their last victory over the Indonesians came at the All-England last year.
The win was the tonic they needed after having failed to clear the first round in their previous four outings.
“We played pretty well today. But we also made some minor mistakes that we shouldn’t have made. It was fortunate that we won this game and now we just want to focus on the next game,” said Teo.
They now have a chance for their first semi-final appearance since finishing runners-up at the Malaysian Masters in January.
But first, they will have to pull off another upset against South Korea’s world No. 13 Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae.