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Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa in a file photo. The Japanese pair beat Malaysians Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong 23-21, 21-11 in the second round of the Denmark Open.
ODENSE (Denmark): Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong just can’t seem to find a way past Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa.
The Malaysians, world No. 13, suffered yet another defeat at the hands of the Japanese in the men’s doubles second round of the Denmark Open on Thursday.
Thien How-Wee Kiong gave a good account of themselves but were ultimately outclassed 23-21, 21-11 – their sixth defeat in all meetings to the world No. 4 pair.
On Wednesday, the second ranked Malaysian pair cleared their first round hurdle with a solid defensive show, beating England’s Chris Langridge-Peter Mills 24-22, 21-17.
But against third seeds Endo-Hayakawa, that defensive solidarity disappeared as the Japanese duo rode on the psychological advantage to seal a place in the last eight, where they will face either fifth seeds Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan or Cai Yun-Chai Biao, both of China.
“I thought we played better today compared to our first round match,” said Wee Kiong.
“But somehow they managed to step it up in the second game and we were just unable to catch up.”
Thien How-Wee Kiong’s defeat leaves just world No. 5 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the fray.
The fourth-seeded Kien Keat-Boon Heong enjoyed an easy 21-15, 21-14 first round win over Holland’s Ruud Bosch-Koen Ridder and will face Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Johannes Schoettler for a place in the last eight.
In other second round matches, South Korea’s new combination of Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol were sent packing by Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata.
The Japanese pair won 21-12, 17-21, 21-19 and will face top seeds Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the quarter-finals.
The Japanese duo even pointed out that the Sung-hyun-Baek-cheol partnership is the weakest link so far in South Korea’s armour.
“We’ve played many Korean pairs before and they are all strong, but Sung-hyun-Baek-cheol are nowhere as good as their previous partnerships,” said Hashimoto.
The other Korean pair, Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong, had no problems beating Denmark’s Anders Skaarup Rasmussen-Kim Astrup Sorensen 21-19, 21-7.
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badminton, Denmark Open, Hoon Thien How, Tan Wee Kiong, Hiroyuki Endo, Kenichi Hayakawa
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