Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei held their nerves to prevail 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 over Macau’s Wang Rong-Zhang Zhibo in a tightly-contested and thrilling quarter-final clash at the Gyeyang Gymnasium yesterday.
The Commonwealth Games champions will take on Japan’s Ayaka Takahashi-Misaki Matsutomo in today’s semi-finals. The Japanese top seeds brushed aside Thailand’s Duanganong Aroonkesorn-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul 21-14, 21-12.
Malaysia have won the Asiad bronze twice in the women’s doubles through Tan Gaik Bee-Ng Mei Ling in Jakarta in 1962 and Rosalind Singha Ang-Teoh Siew Yong in 1970 in Bangkok.
In the third and final game, Vivian-Khe Wei reached match point at 20-16. But they could not wrap it up as the Macau pair fought back with three straight points.
Luckily, the Malaysians kept their cool to secure the valuable point to seal victory in 55 minutes.
Now, Vivian-Khe Wei have a bronze around their necks. Today, they have a chance to go for a better colour – a silver or a gold – and create history.
Vivian said Wednesday’s upset win over Xiaoli-Yu Yang was a major factor in yesterday’s quarter-final win.
“We have more self-belief now. We hope to bring out the same level of performance we showed against Xiaoli-Yu Yang when we play in the semi-finals tomorrow,” said the 24-year-old Vivian.
Khe Wei, who is a year older, said it was not easy getting the better of Wang Rong-Zhibo.
“They are former Chinese players and even upset the fourth seeds from South Korea (they beat Chang Ye-na-Kim So-yeong 17-21, 18-21) in the last 16 on Wednesday … so we expected a tough encounter.
“We were rushing to win the rubber and made some mistakes. We were lucky to hold on,” admitted Khe Wei.