Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s independent World No. 19 men’s pair Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi put on a good show when they defeated World No. 11 Han Cheng Kai/Zhou Hao Dong of China in their third career meeting on Thursday.
Ong/Teo were playing without any pressure to beat the Chinese pair 21-13, 21-18 in 31 minutes.
“We look back at their game and they used to catch us in front of the net. We probably caught them off guard after we changed our strategy, playing with a lot of patience and setting up long rallies,” said Teo.
Teo also admitted they are aiming for more success in their badminton career, but would need to take it one game at a time.
“Right now, we don’t think too much and all the games are very important to us especially in term of attracting sponsors,” added Teo.
“We have many more tournaments to attend after this, and we really need financial support and a lot of learning as well,” explained Teo.
Teo also admitted that it didn’t make much difference either as an independent pair or playing under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
“Under BAM or not we are playing for the country,” the Johor-born player said. They will next meet South Koreans Kim Gi Jung/Lee Yong Dae who surprised Japanese fourth seed Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda with 21-15, 21-17.
Another Malaysian pair, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik however ended their bid for the Malaysia Masters title after losing straight sets at the hands of Indonesia’s World No. 1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 15-21, 11-21.