KUALA LUMPUR: Top national women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah are on course to claim their first title this season after cruising into the final of the Hong Kong Open 2023 badminton championships.

In today’s semi-finals at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Kowloon, Pearly-Thinaah were in their element from start to finish en route to ousting Thailand’s Benyapa Aimsaard-Nuntakarn Aimsaard 21-13, 21-18, in 36 minutes.

This is the Malaysians’ second straight win over the Aimsaard sisters after the current world number 10 had overcome the same opponents 21-19, 21-17 in the first round of the Thailand Open 2020.

Pearly-Thinaah will be featuring in their second final this season, having gone down fighting 22-20, 8-21, 21-17 to South Korea’s Baek Ha Na-Lee So Hee in the Malaysia Masters 2023 in May.

The sixth-seeded Pearly-Thinaah last won a title in October 2022 when they stunned two-time world champions Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara of Japan 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 in the French Open.

In tomorrow’s final, Pearly-Thinaah will face the winner of the other semi-final between seventh-seeded Apriyani Rahayu-Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti of Indonesia and the unseeded Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen of Denmark.

Meanwhile, Goh Jin Wei’s journey came to an end after the former world junior women’s singles champion fell 14-21, 11-21 to China’s in-form Zhang Yi Man in just 29 minutes.

The defeat is her first to Yi Man in four outings.

In this regard, the same fate befell national men’s singles shuttler Ng Tze Yong who was shown the exit in the semi-final after losing to Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie 19-21, 23-21, 13-21.

National mixed doubles pair, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie were also eliminated after a shock defeat to host pair Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet in 34 minutes.

Soon Huat-Shevon who were seeded fourth in the tournament lost in straight sets, 12-21, 12-21. - Bernama

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