Leong Jun Hao Enters Thailand Masters 2018 Semi-finals
19-year-old Leong Jun Hao has qualified for Thailand Masters 2018 semi-finals. The young rising star of Malaysia has surprised everyone. Firstly he cleared round 1 then cleared round 2 by beating Zulfadli Zulkiffli to enter into the quarter-finals. On Friday he further surprised everyone when he defeated No 4 seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-15, 20-22 and 21-7.
Leong Jun Hao achieved first set easily by winning it with 21-15 ie with a margin of 6 points. But in second set Hu Yun made a comeback and won the game 22-20. The game went on to the decider. Everyone thought it would be a thriller battle between Jun Hao and Hu Yun but instead it was a one man show.
In the third set he took a massive lead of 15-6 and then clinched third set 21-7 with a difference of 14 points. Leong said, “I played my best, and I am happy I notched up the victory against Hu Yun. I will have to maintain my momentum playing against Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand tomorrow.” His resolution for 2018 is to be in top 20 players of the world.
Another men’s single player Daren Liew also advanced to semi-finals when he defeated Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand 21-15, 21-18. He somehow achieved a challenge in the second set by Thailand player but once again Malaysian player proved his worth.
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong Men’s doubles advanced to semi-final round by defeating Thailand pair Jomkoh-Anuvit 25-23, 21-16.
Another Malaysian player Soniia Cheah (women’s single) outspoken Japan’s Natsumi Shimoda 21-16, 21-6 to take on No. 1 seed Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand. In the second set Soniia Cheah started with a bang on performance. She took a massive lead of 13 straight points thereby leaving no chance for Natsumi.
Mixed players Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying also registered their name in semi-finals when defeated Sawan Serasinghe-Setyana Mapasa 21-11, 21-13 of Australia in the quarter-finals to meet Nipitphon Phuangphuapet/Jongkolphan Kititharakul of Thailand.
The semi-finals of Thailand Masters 2018 will be played on 13 Jan 2018.