Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei, Ng Tze Yong Enter Thailand Open Second Round

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Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei upset Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping in the 2023 Thailand Open first round. (photo: Xinhua)
Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei upset Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping in the 2023 Thailand Open first round. (photo: Xinhua)

Bangkok: World No. 20 mixed doubles pair from Malaysia – Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei put up a stunning performance as they defeated the World No. 5 and last week’s Malaysia Masters runners-up, Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping of China in the first round of the Thailand Open on Wednesday.

The match, held at the Hua Mak Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, saw Chen/Toh dominate with a 21-15, 21-19, 21-19 triumph over the World No. 5 Feng/Huang. Their win sets up an exciting encounter in the quarter-finals against the Japanese pair Yuki Kaneko/Misaki Matsutomo.

Highlights of Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei vs. Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping in 2023 Thailand Open first round:

After the match, Toh expressed the importance of this win in restoring their confidence, which took a hit after their early exit in the first round of the Malaysia Masters last week.

“Today’s victory is crucial for boosting our confidence after the disappointment of losing in front of our home crowd last week. It was a tough defeat for us,” said Toh. “We need to maintain our focus for the upcoming matches. Although we lost to the Japanese pair before in the All England, we will give our best performance to secure a win tomorrow,” added Toh.

Chen Tang Jie also acknowledged the significance of their first-round win at the Thailand Open but said they still need to work on some of their weaknesses before the second round.

“There is still room for improvement. In today’s match, we had a lead in the third set, but they managed to stage a comeback. We need to work on our consistency,” said Chen. “We will discuss with our coach how to approach tomorrow’s match and ensure we get enough rest.”

In another successful performance, Malaysia’s World No. 36 mixed pair – Chan Peng Soon/Cheah Yee See also advanced to the second round after defeating Singaporean pair Terry Hee/Jessica Tan with a score of 15-21, 21-11, 22-20. They are now set to face the fifth-seeded South Korean duo Kim Won Ho/Jeong Na Eun.

The mixed doubles World No. 7 Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai from Malaysia needed 57 minutes to beat Reginald Lee Chun Hei/Ng Tsz Yau of Hong Kong 19-21, 21-15, 21-15 to set up a second-round meeting with another Hong Kong pair – Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet next.

Meanwhile, in men’s singles, World No. 24 Ng Tze Yong, has secured his spot in the top 16 by dismissing the challenge of Priyanshu Rajawat from India with a score of 21-19, 21-10. He will face the No. 1 seed from Taiwan – Chou Tien Chen, in a battle for a spot in the quarter-finals.

The men’s singles World No. 65 Leong Jun Hao also made the second round after he overcame Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand 16-21, 21-16, 21-12. Leong will meet Christo Popov of France on Thursday.

Unfortunately, luck was not on the side of Malaysia’s professional women’s singles player, Goh Jin Wei, who was eliminated in the first round after losing to Taiwan’s Wei Chi Hsu with a score of 11-21, 19-21.

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