Incheon: Malaysia’s World No. 6 mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying was ousted early in the Korea Open first round after losing to World No. 17 Nipitphon Phuangphuapet/Savitree Amitrapai of Thailand 21-12, 21-10 in 37 minutes at the Incheon Ariport Skydome on Tuesday.
The Rio Olympics silver medalists have clearly been struggling for form as they were knocked out by Tontowi Ahmad/Winny Oktavina Kandow of Indonesia in the China Open second round last Thursday.
Meanwhile, World No. 14 Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing were also eliminated in the Korea Open first round as they lost to Lu Kai/Chen Lu of China 21-13, 19-21, 13-21.
This was the second consecutive first round loss for Tan/Lai after losing at the hands of Rinov Rivaldy Pitha/Haningtyas Mentaro of Indonesia in the China Open first round 18-21, 21-16, 12-21 last week.
In men’s singles, Malaysia’s professional player Soo Teck Zhi failed to get past the qualifying round by going down to Lin Yu Hsien of Taiwan 21-18, 18-21, 21-18.
The first round of action will continue on Wednesday where Daren Liew will take on two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, while Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong will face Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi.
In women’s singles, last week’s China Open women’s singles champion Carolina Marin has announced her withdrawal from Korea Open to give herself more time to fully recover from the ruptured ACL injury she picked up in January. Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia has taken over Marin’s place to play No. 2 seed Chen Yufei of China in the opener.