Former international Sairul Amar Ayub advanced to the final of the Dutch Open badminton championships but Asian Games-bound Lim Pek Siah-Joanne Quay were shown the exit in Hertogenbosch yesterday.
Sairul defeated compatriot Lee Tsuen Seng 21-17, 21-18 in 43 minutes.
Sairul meets China’s Wu Yunyong, who defeated second seed Dicky Palyama of the Netherlands 21-16, 21-18, in the final today.
However, Pek Siah-Joanne’s performance was a cause for concern ahead of the Asian Games as they fell to Germany’s Katrin Piotrowski-Michaela Peiffer 10-21, 24-22, 21-11.
Pek Siah-Joanne, who quit the national team two years ago, were given the opportunity to compete in the Games by the BA of Malaysia following a string of good results earlier in the year.
In the men’s doubles, Tan Bin Shen-Ong Soon Hock, who defeated Thomas Tesche-Michael Fuchs of Germany 21-11, 21-14 in the last eight, played Indonesians Eng Hian-Rian Sukmawan in a late semi-final last night.
Results — (All s-finals):
Sairul Amar Ayub (Mas) bt Lee Tsuen Seng (Mas) 21-17, 21-18; Wu Yunyong (Chn) bt Dicky Palyama (Ned) 21-16, 21-18.
Hendra Gunawan-Joko Riyadi (Ina) bt Robert Adcock-Robin Middleton (Eng) 21-8, 21-14.
Adrianti Firdasari (Chn) w.o Wang Lin (Chn); Li Wenyan (Chn) bt Huang Chia Chi (Tai) 21-16, 21-10.
Katrin Piotrowski-Michaela Peiffer (Ger) bt Lim Pek Siah-Joanne Quay (Mas) 10-21, 24-22, 21-11; Rani Mundiasti-Endang Nursugianti (Ina) bt Petya Nedelcheva-Diana Dimova (Bul) 21-13, 21-11.
Flandi Limpele-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Svetoslav Stoyanov-Elodie Eymard (Fra) 21-18, 21-15; Robert Blair-Jenny Wallwork (Eng) bt Devin Lahardi-Yunita Tetty (Ina) 21-19, 21-16.