Praveen and Melati Breakthrough – Denmark Open: Day 4

The mixed doubles draw at the DANISA Denmark Open 2019 has opened up with world No.1s and reigning world champions Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong knocked out by Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti.

Jordan and Oktavianti used the quick shuttle speed to their advantage as they peppered the top seeds – in particular, Zheng on the midcourt who was often court off guard and forced into errors.

The 18-21 21-16 22-20 victory was the Indonesian pair’s first over Zheng and Huang.

“We are very happy. We always try to fight in every match against them, and finally, we made it.

“We have tried to learn their weaknesses and after six times facing them, we were able to get past their defenses.

It was a frustrating night for Zheng.

“We haven’t finished yet. It’s only the semifinal. We want the title,” he said.

They now face Chinese Taipei’s Wang Chi-Lin/Cheng Chi Ya after they proved too good for Hong Kong China’s Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, 21-15 22-20.

“We have met them before. Tomorrow we must maintain the motivation, use the conditions and focus more,” said Jordan.

In the other mixed quarterfinals, Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping won the all-Chinese affair 21-13 21-13 over He Je Ting/Du Yue. Fifth seeds Seo Seung Jae/Chae YuJung edged out Malaysian fourth seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying, 21-18 21-18.


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