PETALING JAYA: The national men’s doubles badminton pair of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik are refusing to get carried away after edging ahead of compatriots Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong in the race to qualify for the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou next month.
Aaron-Wooi Yik overtook V Shem-Wee Kiong in provisional eighth spot, the last berth for the lucrative US$1.5mil (RM6.2mil) season finale from Dec 11-15, thanks to their strong semi-final outing at the Fuzhou China Open last week.V Shem-Wee Kiong paid the price for losing in the first round to top seeds and eventual winners Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia.
The two Malaysian pairs, alongside 10th placed Chinese Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong who still have a mathematical chance to make the cut, will resume their battle at the Hong Kong Open which gets under way today.
With two more legs left to be played including next week’s Korean Masters, Aaron insists it’s still too close to call.
“We may have moved into the top eight, but nothing is certain yet, ” he said.
“We still have to do well in Hong Kong and South Korea to secure our place in Guangzhou.
“But we prefer not to think too much about the Tour Finals. That will only give us unnecessary pressure.
“It’s better to take it one match at a time. If you keep winning, everything is going to fall into place.
“Wooi Yik and I will again adopt a carefree approach at the Hong Kong Open this week. We played in Fuzhou with a clear mindset, and it worked wonderfully.”
Aaron-Wooi Yik will open their campaign tomorrow against Indonesia’s Ricky Karandasuwardi-Angga Pratama and should face little trouble against the world No. 54.
If they advance, Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen are expected to stand in their way next. Aaron-Wooi Yik will be out to seek revenge against the Danes following their second-round loss at the French Open three weeks ago.
V Shem-Wee Kiong are in the same half along with other rivals like world No. 3 Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China, and Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, who lost to Aaron-Wooi Yik last week.
V Shem-Wee Kiong’s first-round opponents are Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov. A win will set up a possible second-round clash against Chengkai-Haodong.
The other Malaysian men’s doubles pair in the fray are Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.
Also competing in Hong Kong this week are men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren; Soniia Cheah (women’s singles); Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen (women’s doubles); and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (mixed doubles).