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Published: Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:11:57 AM

Mixed doubles pairs steal the show with stunning wins

PETALING JAYA: The mixed doubles brought joy to the Malaysian camp when Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing and Teo Ee Yi-Amelia Aliscia Anscelly pulled off stunning wins in the first round of the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) in Taipei, Taiwan, yesterday.

Ee Yi-Amelia were the toast of the day as the pair, playing in only their first tournament together, stunned world No. 16 and seventh seeds Kenichi Hayakawa-Misaki Matusutomo of Japan 16-21, 21-18, 21-17.

The duo, who came through the qualifying rounds on Tuesday, will face Singapore’s Liu Yi-Yao Lei in the second round.

Earlier, world No. 21 Aik Quan-Pei Jing were on fire as they blew away China’s Qiu Zihan-Bao Yixin 21-19, 21-15.

“This is our third tournament in a row – after the Australia and New Zealand Opens – and frankly, we were a little tired,” said Pei Jing.

“We had no real targets and just wanted to try our best. It’s great to win ... although I think the Chinese pair did not play to their usual level.”

Aik Quan-Pei Jing, who are likely to earn a spot in the World Championships later in August, face Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol-SaraleeThoungthongkam for a place in the quarter-finals.

In men’s singles, Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng both lived up to expectations after recording easy wins over Hong Kong’s Tam Chun Hei and Taiwan’s Lin Chia Hsuan respectively.

Back-up shuttler Goh Soon Huat will also join them in the second round after dispatching qualifier Tai Kin Hei of Macau 21-5, 21-10.

It was, however, a disappointing outing for the rest of the back-up shuttlers, with Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin and Loh Wei Sheng crashing out in the first round.

Wei Sheng, in particular, was the biggest letdown after losing 21-13, 23-25, 19-21 to unknown Vietnamese shuttler Pham Cao Cuong.

In men’s doubles, Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah kept alive their world meet hopes after crushing Taiwan’s Liang Jui Wei-Liao Kuan Hao 21-11, 21-10.

Finnish Open champions Nelson Heg-Ee Yi also scraped through after overcoming Singapore’s Terry Hee-Terry Yeo 21-17, 13-21, 21-11.

In womens singles, 19-year-old Sonia Cheah carried on her impressive run of form by beating Singapore’s Xing Aiying 21-11, 14-21, 21-18 in the first round.

Sonia will take on sixth seed Bae Yeon-ju of South Korea in the second round.

Tags / Keywords: Others, Sport, Sport, Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing, Teo Ee Yi-Amelia Aliscia Anscelly, Asian Badminton Championships

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