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It’s all over for Malaysian shuttlers in Denmark Open

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 23/10/2021 FMT Reporters
Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani went down fighting to Danes Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 11-21, 21-19, 18-21. (Bernama pic) © Provided by Free Malaysia Today Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani went down fighting to Danes Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 11-21, 21-19, 18-21. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s challenge in the Denmark Open badminton tournament ended last night after the country’s last hope, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani crashed out in the men’s doubles semi-final.

The world’s number 26 pair gave Danes Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen a huge scare before going down 11-21, 21-19, 18-21 after nearly an hour’s battle at the Odense Sports Park, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website.

Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin had advanced to the last four after stunning world number seven Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia 21-18, 21-17 on Friday.

In today’s final, the Danes who are the world’s number 11, will take on Japan’s world number 15 pair of Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi. The Japanese pair eliminated Germans Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel 20-22, 21-18, 21-16 in the other semi-final.

Earlier, men’s singles ace Lee Zii Jia crashed out in the quarter-finals after a narrow 21-19, 21-19 loss to Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen from Denmark.

National number two mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing also went down fighting 21-19, 12-21, 14-21 in the quarter-finals to Tokyo Olympic bronze medallists Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan.

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