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Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong in a file photo. The Malaysian pair sent England’s Chris Langridge-Peter Mills out with a 24-22, 21-17 win in the Denmark Open opening round.
ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 13 Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong managed to serve their way out of trouble in the first round of the Denmark Open despite having problems with their service.
The stocky Thien How was called for service faults five times during the course of their 24-22, 21-17 win over England’s Chris Langridge-Peter Mills.
It encouraged the English pair to go on the offensive but Thien How-Wee Kiong were defensively solid as they joined compatriots and fourth seeds Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the second round.
“I think the service judges in Europe are a little more strict compared to those in Asia,” said Thien How.
“I was called five times for holding the shuttlecock too high … even though that’s how I always serve in the past and never had problems.
“I’ll probably see how the service judge will call in the second round first before making any adjustments,” added Thien How.
Wee Kiong meanwhile pointed out that it was a good start for them but they were feeling a little too rusty.
“We haven’t played in a proper tournament for so long and we’re definitely a little rusty initially … a bit lost in the opening stages,” said Wee Kiong.
“But it’s still a good start for us and once we get the momentum, it will only get better for us.”
Thien How-Wee Kiong will face third seeds Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in the second round – a pair they have never beaten in five previous meetings.
Meanwhile new South Korean partnership of Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong got off to a shaky start as they struggled before beating towering Danish duo Mads Conrad Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding 16-21, 21-13, 21-15.
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