Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei turned in a resolute performance to book a semi-finals berth at the Thailand Masters after they eliminated their Dutch opponents in straight games.
The national mixed doubles pair needed only 40-minutes to overcome Dutch pair Robin Tabeling- Selena Piek 21-12, 25-23 to book their first semis outing of the year.
As expected, the world number nine pair took advantage of being the fresher of the four as they claimed the opening game in comfortable fashion.
The Dutch duo, who were taken to the wire by Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing in the second round threatened to force a deciding game as both pairs battled deep into injury time points, but Chen-Toh crucially prevailed.
The Malaysians will now go on to face either a Thai or Japanese pair in their bid to reach the final.
Chen-Toh will also fancy their chances against either of these pairs after taking into account the run they have put together.
It is far cry of how they started the year after failing to progress past the second round in the tournaments in Malaysia, India and Indonesia.
Chen-Toh are the only pair doing the business in this Super 300 event in Bangkok after the rest of the contingent all crashed out by Thursday.
Fri Feb 02 2024
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