Home fans are in for a treat in Saturday's Malaysia Open semi-finals after Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik both booked their spots in impressive fashion.

Goh-Izzuddin were first up in action, and the German Open champions did not disappoint as they crushed Chinese pair Liu Yu Chen-Ou Xuan Yi 21-11, 22-20 in just 36 minutes much to the delight of the packed arena.

The first game was comfortably won by the Malaysians, but the Chinese roared back in the second and both pairs were embroiled in tense exchanges until it came to deuce.

The manner in which the game was won, with Goh on his knees to retrieve a shot for the big victory earned a huge ovation in the arena.

“It was a tense match, especially in the second game. They changed their game and we took some time to adapt, but thankfully it was enough for us to get the victory,” they said.

The world number 12 pair next face Indonesia’s Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto in the last four.

The Indonesians were equally ruthless in their 21-13, 21-9 demolition of Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.

Ong-Teo’s defeat took place just before Chia-Soh walked into court for the final match of the day against veterans Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan.

The Malaysians were on top in the opening game to take the lead with a 21-13 victory, but their opponents showed plenty of resilience in the second game to recover several match points before coming away with a 22-20 win.

The decider went in favour of the Malaysians, who led all the way for the 21-19 success.

Chia-Soh next take on Japan’s second second seeds Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi next.

The Malaysians lost to their semi-finals opponents in the last three encounters, but Chia said past meetings were history.

“Head to head results are in the past. Tomorrow we will restart, and this time we have the backing of the fans which will play a crucial factor,” he said.

In the women’s doubles, Anna Ching-Teoh Mei Xing gave it their best but it was not sufficient as they went down 15-21, 21-23 against fifth seeds Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara.