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Quarter-finals in Malaysia final station badminton players Piek entabeling | The Throw

Selena Piek and Robin Tafeling.© Archive photo EPA

Robert Berkeley

Kuala Lumpur

The quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open badminton tournament were the final destination for the Dutch couple Selena Piek/Robintabeling.

A neat performance by the Weespse Piek with Amstelvener Tafeling, because the tournament has the status of World Tour Super 750 and is therefore heavily occupied. At the even more highly regarded Indonesian Open, Tafeling and Piek were stranded in the first round two weeks ago.

In Kuala Lumpur, Piek andtabeling fought in the first round against the Indian couple Reddy P. Sumeeth and Ashwini Ponnappa (21-15, 19-21, 21-17), before convincingly dealing with the French couple William Villeger/ Anne Tran (21-14, 21-12). In the last eight, Danish badminton players Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Bøje were too strong with 21-19 and 21-12.

30-year-old Selena Piek is working towards her third Olympic Games, in Paris in 2024. She made her debut in Rio in 2016 alongside Eefje Muskens in the women’s doubles and Jacco Arends in the mix. With Muskens she reached the quarterfinals and after the tournament Muskens decided to stop with top sport. Piek continued with Cheryl Seinen as a new doubles partner and initially she remained active with Arends, until at the beginning of 2019 she decided to make the switch to Tableing as a mix partner. In that year they immediately reached the quarter finals in the mix at the World Badminton World Championships.

Piek appeared at the Tokyo Games last year with both Seinen and Tableing and, just like five years earlier, she reached the quarter-finals in the women’s group and the group stage was the end station in the mix. Shortly after that tournament, she decided to focus entirely on one event and that became the mixed doubles with the two years younger Tafeling.

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