Chance for double victory at Singapore Open

Chance for double victory at Singapore Open
Hoon Thien How (right) and Tan Wee Kiong followed Lee Chong Wei into the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open after beating their Thai opponents in straight sets on Thursday.

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian shuttlers last tasted a double success at the Singapore Open six years ago in 2008.

There is a glimmer of hope for another double celebration after the men's doubles pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong came out of their rut to join world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals of the Superseries tournament.

World No. 9 Thien How-Wee Kiong, who have been struggling to find their footing over the last month, remained steady to beat a fast attacking Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand 21-17, 21-18 in the second round on Thursday.

The duo had fallen flat on their faces a few times since taking over the country's No. 1 spot from their seniors Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong last month.

They were blown away in the opening round of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold in Pasir Gudang as well as the Indian Open in New Delhi.

On Friday, they will take on the dangerous sixth seeds Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin of Taiwan, who have a knack of beating any top pair on their day.

Thien How-Wee Kiong will be out to keep their winning streak against the Taiwanese after beating them en route to winning their first career title at the Macau Open last year.

While the victory of Thien How-Wee Kiong was a pleasant surprise, the outstanding performance of Chong Wei was expected.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei, fresh from winning the Indian Open, did not show any signs of lethargy when he blazed the court for a sensational 21-11, 21-6 win over China's Chen Yuekun.

Next, he will take on unseeded 23-year-old Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand, whom he beat in straight games in all of their last eight meetings.

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