KUALA LUMPUR: All three Malaysian men’s and women’s doubles pairs are through to the second round of the Thailand Open badminton championships at the Thunder Dome in Bangkok.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) only pair Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han beat Filipinos Philip Joper Escueta-Ronel Estanislao 21-18, 21-16 while independents Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah fought hard to down China’s Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong 15-21, 21-19, 21-18.
Former All-England champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong faced stiff resistance against Hong Kong’s Chan Tsz Kit-Law Cheuk Him before winning 21-17, 22-20.
The women’s side saw Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho and Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei advancing.
Top Malaysian women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi also progressed with a 21-13, 21-15 win over Thai Supanida Katethong as did the mixed pair of Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing.
Malaysia’s challenge in men’s singles competition, however, ended with the 17-21, 15-21 defeat of former national shuttler Tan Chun Seang by 15th seed Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the second round.
As expected, BAM announced their squad for the World Junior Championships in Peru from Nov 4-15, with Cheam June Wei and Goh Jin Wei spearheading the boys’ and girls’ squad.
RESULTS (Malaysians only)
Men’s singles second round: Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) bt Tan Chun Seang 21-17, 21-15.
Women’s singles second round: Tee Jing Yi bt Supanida Katethong (Tha) 21-13, 21-15.
Men’s doubles first round: Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han bt Philip Joper Escueta-Ronel Estanislao (Phi) 21-18, 21-16; Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bt Chan Tsz Kit-Law Cheuk Him (Hkg) 21-17, 22-20; Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah bt Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong (Chn) 15-21, 21-19, 21-18.
Women’s doubles first round: Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean bt Suchanya Kanchanasaka-Kornkamon Sukklad (Tha) 21-10, 21-6; Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho bt Savitree Amitrapai-Pacharapun Chochuwong (Tha) 13-21, 21-11, 21-7; Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei bt Keshya Nurvita Hanadia-Devi Tika Permatasari (Ina) 21-13, 21-5.
Mixed doubles first round: Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing bt Wannawat Ampunsuwan-Pacharapun Chochuwong (Tha) 21-10, 21-13.
World Junior Championships squad
Boys’ singles: Yeoh Seng Zoe, R. Satheistharan, Lee Zii Jia, Cheam June Wei.
Girls’ singles: Goh Jin Wei, M. Thinaah, Lee Ying Ying, Ng Qi Xuan.
Boys’ doubles: Tan Jinn Hwa-Goh Sze Fei, Soh Wooi Yik-Aaron Chia.
Girls’ doubles: Teoh Mei Xing-Anna Cheong, M. Thinaah-Ng Qi Xuan.
Mixed doubles: Goh Sze Fei-Teoh Mei Xing, Soh Wooi Yik-Anna Cheong.Coaches: Kwan Yoke Meng, Rony Agustinus, Lim Pek Siah.