Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s World No. 15 men’s pair Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik outlasted the Rio Olympic men’s doubles bronze medalists Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge of England 21-14, 21-19 to advance Wednesday at the 2019 Malaysia Open.
Chia/Soh will take on Japan’s World No. 25 Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in the second round.
Speaking to the Malaysian media, Chia said they have never faced Hoki-Kobayshi but they had the opportunity to see the Japanese played at the Axiata Arena in the opening round.
“The Japanese pair was really good and we’ll review their videos with our coaches,” said Chia.
Aaron also acknowledged the fact that there were few other Malaysian men’s pairs in the second round really took a lot of the burden off of their shoulders.
“We look to stay focused and maintain our momentum in the second round,” added Chia.
Another Malaysian men’s doubles pair, Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi also advanced to the second round after defeating Thai players Kittinupong Kedren/Dechapol Puavaranukroh 21-17, 21-19.
Ong/Teo will take on China’s seventh seed Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong next.
Meanwhile, in women’s singles, Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei got off to a strong start to see off Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand 21-13, 21-12 in the opener.
“It’s not easy to beat Thai players,” said Goh.
“I am looking forward to do well at home, but Malaysia Open is a tough tournament,” said Goh.
Goh who just recovered from a hamstring injury will play Pornpawee Chochuwong next. Chochuwong pulled off an upset by stunning India’s Saina Nehwal 20-22, 21-15, 21-10 in the first round.