Malaysian mixed pairs dominated the headlines on Day 4 of the
YONEX Swiss Open 2021.
Chan Peng Soon/ Goh Liu Ying became the first top seeds to get knocked out this edition after losing 21-14 19-21 15-21 to Danes Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra BØje in the quarterfinals yesterday.
With the defeat, the Rio 2016 silver medallists prolong their unfortunate run of not making a semifinal since the Perodua Malaysia Masters 2020, having fallen at the last eight stage in four of five tournaments that followed.
Goh Soon Huat/ Lai Shevon Jemie later added to the disappointment following their three-game (21-14 14-21 19-21) loss to sixth seeds Thom Gicquel/ Delphine Delrue.
The blow was however softened by
Tan Kian Meng/ Lai Pei Jing, whose 21-17 16-21 21-18 win over Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/ Ashwini Ponnappa earlier made them the first mixed pair from their country to qualify for the semifinals this century.
They will be joined by
Lee Zii Jia, Aaron Chia/ Soh Wooi Yik, Tan Pearly/ Thinaah Muralitharan and Chow Mei Kuan/ Lee Meng Yean, giving Malaysia the most representatives in the last four.
With Tan/Muralitharan and Chow/Lee facing each other, they are also the sole nation assured of a place in tomorrow’s finals.
Carolina Marin and Pusarla V. Sindhu both advanced in straight games, keeping alive the prospect of a final between the old rivals.
Viktor Axelsen also did not face much resistance in his 21-17 21-12 victory over Shesar Hiren Rhustavito. The in-form Dane next take on India’s Kidambi Srikanth, to whom he has not lost since 2017.
Marin won her match against Beiwen Zhang 21-13 21-13.
Bulgarian sisters Gabriela and
Stefani Stoeva defeated fifth seeds Maiken Fruergaard/ Sara Thygesen for the 10th time in 11 meetings en route to their fourth consecutive semifinal at the tournament. The world No.14s face No.1 seeds Rawinda Prajongjai/ Jongkolphan Kititharakul, who they lead 3-2 on head-to-head, in the semifinals today.
The Stoeva sisters have a habit of doing well in Basel.
The last Malaysians to play the Swiss Open semifinals are
Kien Keat Koo/ Tan Boon Heong. They lost the match to Lee Sheng Mu/ Tsai Chia Hsin at the 2016 edition.
DAY 4 RESULTS