LUK Teck Hua and Beh Shun Thing were unexpectedly taken the full distance by the lesser-known Laotian pair of Chanaloun Vongsaya and Pany Nanhthavong before booking their spot in the Sea Games women's beach volleyball semi-finals at the National Sports Complex in Vientiane yesterday.
The Malaysian pair will face Thailand's Yupa Phokongploy and Kulna Kamoltip today in a repeat of the 2007 semi-final which Teck Hua and Shun Thing lost 2-1 to the eventual gold medallists.
In yesterday's quarter-final, Teck Hua-Shun Thing were a bundle of nerves, trailing at the start of the opening set and dragged their feet to a 29-27 win.
They were more imposing in the second set, bundling the Laotians over 21-18 in a result that didn't do much to convince coach Lim Poh Hong about their chances against defending champions Yupa-Kulna, who swept aside Joanna Botor Carpio- Michelle Carolino of the Philippines 21-18, 21-8 in their semi-final.
"They were just not relaxed. This made them slow and they couldn't react fast enough. This is why the match became so difficult," said Poh Hong.