Thursday, August 2, 2012 | | By: Febi

One step closer for Koo-Tan

THERE were no hiccups as shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong advanced to the London Olympics semi-finals after beating Thailand's Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit.21-16, 21-18 at the Wembley Arena on Thursday.

Despite the dangerous Thais best efforts, Kien Keat-Boon Heong were too driven to be denied a semi-final berth, which they failed to achieve four years ago in the Beijing Games.

Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong's gameplan worked to perfection in their quarter-final. Pix: Khairul Ghazali

Then, they went in as favourites but their fortunes have changed drastically since and they will enter Saturday's semi-final against China's world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng as underdogs.

"Though it is satisfying to make the semi-finals, our job is not done yet," said Boon Heong after producing another smashing masterclass against Bodin-Maneepong.

Kien Keat echoed Boon Heong.

"Making the semi-finals will mean nothing if we don't win a medal and we want the gold," said Kien Keat.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong celebrate their triumph over Bodin-Maneepong.

Cai Yun-Haifeng, who beat compatriots Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong 21-15, 21-19 in their quarter-final, will be a massive challenge as the pair have been the dominant force in men's doubles over the last few years.

National doubles coach Tan Kim Her, however, was confident of a Malaysian win.

"Kien Keat-Boon Heong have a burning desire to win the gold and I am confident they can beat the China pair," said Kim Her.

Vijesh Rai @ NST


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