Only one men's doubles pair remain standing in Basel

  • Badminton
  • Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong

PETALING JAYA: Only one badminton pair remains in the men's doubles fight at the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

Independent shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong were dominant as they overcame national pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi 21-13,21-18 in 33 minutes in the second round Wednesday (Aug 21).

V Shem-Wee Kiong will take on Indonesia's Fajar Alfian-Muhd Rian Ardianto for a place in the quarter-final Thursday (Aug 22).

Medal hopefuls and world No. 10 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik failed to build on a good start as they were upset 14-21,21-17,21-18 by Japan's world No. 21 Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko,

It will be a bitter pill to swallow for the youngsters who were aiming for a semi-final finish after their quarter-final outing at last year's world meet in Nanjing, China.

Meanwhile, women's doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen advanced into the third round with a 21-18,21-16 victory over Thailand's Chayanit Chaladchalam-Phataimas Muenwong.

Fellow teammates Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean also advanced into the third round with a 21-15,13-21,21-11 win over Taiwan's Hsu Ya-ching-Hu Ling-fang.

Mei Kuan-Meng Yean have a stern test against world No. 2 Misaki Matsutomo of Japan while Vivian-Cheng Wen also have a difficult task against China's seventh seeds Du Yue-Li Yunhui.

In the women's singles, Malaysia's only contestant Soniia Cheah was simply no match for Canada's Michelle Li, going down 19-21,4-21 in the second round.

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