Aaron-Wooi Yik in avengers’ mood ahead of clash with Marcus-Kevin

  • Badminton
  • Friday, 26 Jul 2019

High desire: Soh Wooi Yik (right) and Aaron Chia defeated world No. 6 pair Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong of China 22-20, 23-25, 21-14 in the Japan Open yesterday. — AFP

PETALING JAYA: Youngsters Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik have a score to settle with Indonesian hotshots Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo when the pairs collide today in the men’s doubles quarter-finals of the Japan Open. A battle royal is on the cards, going by their first clash at the Malaysian Open last year when Aaron-Wooi Yik gave the world No. 1 pair a run for their money before losing 18-21, 28-30.

Aaron-Wooi Yik are aiming to keep their fine run going in the Japan Open after pack-ing off world No. 6 pair Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong of China 22-20, 23-25, 21-14 in a hard fought 65-minute battle at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo yesterday.

The world No. 11 took control from the start to force the Chinese pair to play catch-up in the first two games.

They narrowly won the first game and had two match points in the second but lost. They made a comeback in the decider with a powerful tailend display by winning six points in a row for a comfortable 21-14 win.

The win avenged the Malaysians’ 19-21, 16-21 loss to Chengkai-Haodong in their last and only meeting at the French Open last year.

It was certainly a timely boost for the duo after the early-round 19-21, 15-21, 9-21 loss they suffered at the hands of China’s reigning world champions Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen in the Indonesian Open.

Aaron knows it would be tough against the Indonesians but promised to give it his all.

“Marcus and Kevin move around the court with superb speed and have quick reflexes. Their combination and communication are good too,” said Aaron.

“But after today, we’re feeling confident and hopefully, we can disrupt their rhythm tomorrow.

“We also had a very close fight against them last time where we played until 28-30 in the decider. “I think if we can stay focused, then maybe we can do enough to overcome them.”

In the mixed doubles, independent shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying also cruised into the quarter-finals by defeating French pair Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue 21-18, 21-11.

(Malaysians unless stated)Men’s singles: Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) 21-12, 21-13; Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Vincent Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) 21-16, 21-17; Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt Sitthikom Thammasin (Tha) 20-22, 21-17, 21-6; Anders Antonsen (Den) bt Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) 13-21, 21-15, 21-16; B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) bt Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) 21-13, 21-16; Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) 21-16, 21-15; Rasmus Gemke (Den) bt H. S. Prannoy (Ind) 21-9, 21-15; Jan O Jorgensen (Den) bt Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) 21-19, 11-21, 21-19.

Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) 21-16, 21-18; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty (Ind) bt Huang Kaixiang-Liu Cheng (Chn) 15-21, 21-11, 21-19; Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik bt Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong (Chn) 22-20, 23-25, 21-14; Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani 21-16, 21-17; Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) 21-8; 21-19; Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit (Tha) 24-22, 21-19; Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Wahyu Arya Pangkaryanira-Ade Santoso (Ina) 16-21, 21-18, 22-20; Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-chol (Kor) bt Fajar Alfian-Muhd Rian Ardianto (Ina) 11-21, 21-12, 21-18.

(Matches involving Malaysians only)

Women’s singles: Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Soniia Cheah 21-7, 21-16.

Women’s doubles: Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn) bt Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean 21-18, 21-19.

Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue (Fra) 21-18, 21-11.

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