KUALA LUMPUR: Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi stepped up a gear to book their spot in the men’s doubles second round at the Korean Open.
With national No. 1 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong set to go separate ways, the onus is now on world No. 20 Yew Sin-Ee Yi to prove that they have the ability to step up.
The SEA Games silver medallists showed promising signs, sweeping aside Olympic bronze medallists Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge of England in the first round at the SK Handball Stadium in Seoul yesterday.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi kept their composure to clinch a convincing 21-14, 22-20 win over the world No. 24 to set up a second-round clash with second seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia.
World No. 3 Marcus-Kevin were given a scare by Hong Kong’s Or Chin Chung-Tang Chun Man before winning 21-9, 17-21, 21-11.
There were mixed fortunes for two other independent Malaysian doubles shuttlers.
Tan Boon Heong and Indonesian partner Hendra Setiawan advanced after beating China’s Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong 21-12, 21-19.
But Lim Khim Wah failed to get off to a winning start with former South Korean world No. 1 Yoo Yeon-seong.
The pair, who were making their international debut, narrowly lost 22-20, 13-21, 20-22 to Japanese Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi.
In the women’s doubles, Soong Fie Cho-Tee Jing Yi bounced back from a quarter-final loss at last week’s Vietnam Open to book a spot in the second round.
Fie Cho-Jing Yi, the world No. 138, pulled off a 19-21, 21-13, 21-17 win over world No. 24 Ashwini Ponnappa-N. Sikki Reddy of India.
They face China’s Huang Yaqiong-Yu Xiaohan for a place in the quarter-finals.
“We’re getting better as a pair. It helped that our opponents didn’t know much about our game,” said Jing Yi.
“Our opponents tomorrow are also a new pair. We hope to prepare well and take our chances.”
Hans-Krisitian Vittinghus (Den) bt Chong Wei Feng 17-21, 21-11, 21-15.
Hendra Setiawan-Tan Boon Heong (Ina-Mas) bt Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong (Chn) 21-12, 21-19;
Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi bt Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge (Eng) 21-14, 22-20;
Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) bt Lim Khim Wah-Yoo Yeon-seong (Mas-Kor) 20-22, 21-13, 22-20.
Lee Jang-mi (Kor) bt Soniia Cheah 21-17, 21-18.
Soong Fie Cho-Tee Jing Yi bt Ashwini Ponnappa-N. Sikki Reddy (Ind) 19-21, 21-13, 21-17.