PETALING JAYA: It’s another first-round exit for men’s doubles shuttlers Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin (pic).
The national No. 2 fought valiantly for 41 minutes before going down 26-28, 19-21 to China’s Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen in the Swiss Open – a second-tier Grand Prix Gold tournament – in Basel on Wednesday.
The Malaysians had also gone down fighting 21-14, 13-21, 21-18 to Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han of Taiwan in the first round of last week’s All-England in Birmingham.
National coach Jeremy Gan feels that the European stint “is a good experience” for world No. 24 Ee Yi-Yew Sin.
“They played much better in Switzerland. Ee Yi-Yew Sin had the right idea in moving their opponents around, but they still lack consistency,” said Jeremy. “The All-England was their first major tournament and they put undue pressure on themselves. They couldn’t play their game.
“They adapted quicker at the Swiss Open and played with better composure. They’re learning how to handle world-class opponents.
“It’ll take time, but I’m sure they’re heading in the right direction.”
Jeremy is counting on the youngsters to step up at the Malaysian Open (April 4-10) and Singapore Open (April 13-18).
Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s doubles in Basel has also been wiped out following the exits of former internationals Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Tan Boon Heong.
Women’s doubles third seeds Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei are the only Malaysians to get past the first round – checking into the quarter-finals yesterday.
They defeated Taiwan’s Chiang Kai-hsin-Hung Shih-han 21-7, 21-12 in a 30-minute second-round match and will take on either Denmark’s Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen or Japan’s Chisato Hoshi-Naru Shinoya in the last eight.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Men’s doubles: Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) bt
Hendra Setiawan-Tan Boon Heong (Ina-Mas) 21-13, 15-21, 21-14;
Martin Christiansen-David Daugaard (Den) bt Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-
Muhd Hafiz Hashim 21-8, 21-9; Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Teo Ee
Yi-Ong Yew Sin 28-26, 21-19.
Women’s doubles: Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) bt Nadia
Fankhauser-Sannatasah Saniru (Sui-Mas) 21-10, 21-9.