Bangkok: Malaysia’s World No. 15 men’s pair Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi staged a remarkable comeback as the duo recovered from 13-18 down in the first set, to win the game 21-19 against World No. 22 Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge of England on Thursday.
When the Malaysian pair was still behind with 17-18, Ong broke his racket strings and both players amazed the crowd watching in front of the TV where Ong quickly ran out to exchange his racket in the middle of the rally, while Teo was fighting England’s Rio Olympic bronze medalists alone by keeping the attacks on the court. The Malaysian pair eventually won the point with a strong smash from Teo at the frontcourt towards Ellis and Ellis returned the shot out of bound.
Teo/Ong pretty much dominated the second half of the second game, as they ultimately beat Ellis/Langridge 21-18. The victory also gave Ong/Teo grabbed a much-needed lifeline into the semi-final. They would secure a place in the semi-finals if they could beat another England pair, Ben Lane/Sean Vendy on Friday. If they lose, Lane/Vendy and Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan will advance to the semi-finals.
In Group B men’s doubles, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia squandered a 9-4, 11-6 lead in the first set to go down to Russia’s 2016 All England champions, Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov 19-21, 16-21 in 33 minutes. Chia/Soh could still enter the knockout stage if they could beat No. 3 seeds Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Ahsan/Setiawan who defeated Ivanov/Sozonov on day one, fell to Choi Solgyu/Seo Seung Jae of Korea 19-21, 16-21 in their second Group B match.