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Alicia Anscelly-Fie Cho Stun World Number One Pair To Make Quarterfinals

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JAKARTA – Malaysian women’s doubles pair Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho pulled off a stunning upset in the World Championships by beating Japan’s world number one pair Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 at the Istora Senayan, here yesterday.

Alicia Anscelly-Fie Cho, the Singapore SEA Games gold medal winners and making their debut in the championships put up a sizzling display to overcome the multiple title winning Japanese pair in a three set thriller that lasted 50 minutes.

The win saw the Malaysian pair sail into their first ever World Championships quarterfinal.

“After two loses, we managed to beat the Japanese pair for the first time. Certainly we are happy with the result and the many firsts we have achieved here. We just came into the match and played our game,” said Fie Cho when met after the match here.

The pair will meet Indonesia’s Maheswari Nitya Krishinda/Greysia Polii in the quarterfinals after the pair from the host country overcame Japan’s Matsuo Shizuka/Naito Mami 21-17, 21-19 in their third round match.

In the men’s singles, former world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei cruised into the men’s singles quarterfinal of the World Championships after disposing China’s eighth seed Wang Zhengming 21-17, 21-19 in straight sets.

Though not looking too convincing, Chong Wei still packed enough power to overcome the resilience of the rising star from China to face Hu Yun of Hong Kong in the quarterfinals today.

Chong Wei however, will be the sole representative in the men’s singles competition as former World Junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli was knocked out in his quest for a quarterfinal spot by Hong Kong’s Wei Nan.

Zulfadli who has had an impressive run in the competition despite making his maiden appearance in the competition, lost 15-21, 9-21.

“I could not find my rhythm against Wei Nan who played well. He is a more experienced player than me,” said Zulfadli.

Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles competition, Malaysia’s sole representatives Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were shown the exit by China’s Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan.

The Malaysia pair lost 21-18, 21-18 in straight sets.

– BERNAMA

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