PETALING JAYA: They came close but there was no joy, so national women’s doubles shuttlers Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean will have to keep on waiting for their first-ever win over world No. 5 Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan at the Hong Kong Open.
The world No. 12 almost ended their run of three defeats to the South Koreans when they were 18-16 up in the deciding game but they failed to hold on, losing 16-21,21-18,19-21 in 63 minutes in the opening round yesterday.
Mei Kuan-Meng Yean even fought back from 6-11 down to get the advantage.
It was nevertheless another encouraging performance from the national No. 1 pair who have found themselves outclassed in straight games in their last three meetings against So-hee-Seung-chan.
The pair, who have struggled to make an impact against the top 10 pairs, are finally starting to look more dangerous especially after upsetting Indonesia’s world No. 8 Greysia Polii-Apriayani Rahayu 21-19,21-16 in the first round of the Fuzhou China Open last week.
But for the world No. 27 pair of Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen, it was game over. They were outdone by 31st ranked Taiwanese pair Hsu Ya-ching-Hu Ling-fang 21-16,15-21,17-21.
In the men’s doubles event, the national pairs of Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi advanced but it was the end of the road for independent pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong.
Aaron-Wooi Yik continued to strengthen their claim for a place in the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou next month by easily overcoming Indonesian pair Ricky Karandasuwardi-Angga Pratama 21-13,21-14.
Only the top eight pairs in the Race to Guangzhou rankings will qualify.
Aaron-Wooi Yik are now in ninth place and close behind the eighth and final spot held by Taiwanese pair Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han.
V Shem-Wee Kiong, who lie 10th in the rankings, crashed out 12-21,15-21 to Russian pair Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Men’s singles: Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) bt Sameer Verma (Ind) 21-11, 13-21, 21-8; Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Vincnet Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) 20-22, 21-14, 21-13; Chen Long (Chn) bt Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (Ina) 21-18, 21-18; H. S. Prannoy (Ind) bt Huang Yu Xiang (Chn) 21-17, 21-17; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-9, 21-14; Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) 21-5, 24-26, 21-15; Liew Daren (Mas) bt Rasmus Gemke (Den) 21-18, 18-21, 21-15; Anthony Ginting (Ina) Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) 21-16, 17-21, 21-11. Women’s singles: Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Soniia Cheah (Mas) 21-16, 21-16.
Men’s doubles: Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) bt Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 21-12, 21-15; Wahyu Arya Pangkaryanira-Ade Santoso (Ina) bt Akira Koga-Taichi Saito (Jpn) 6-21, 21-19, 21-19; Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Lam Wai Lok-Li Kuen Hon (Hkg) 21-12, 21-14; Mathias Boe-Mads Conrad-Petersen (Den) bt Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong (Chn) 15-21, 21-17, 21-16; Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt Kang Min-hyuk-Kim Jae-hwan (Kor) 17-21, 25-23, 21-16; Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) 23-21, 21-14; Lee Jhe-huei-Yang Po-hsuan (Tpe) bt Jelle Mas-Robin Tabeling (Ned) 21-16, 21-14; Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) bt He Jiting-Tan Qiang (Chn) 19-21, 21-19, 21-10; Ou Xuanyi-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Chang Tak Ching-Yeung Ming Nok (Hkg) 21-14, 21-17; Aaron Chia_Soh Wooi Yik (Mas) bt Ricky Karandasuwardi-Angga Pratama (Ina) 21-13, 21-14; Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) bt Takeshi Kamura- Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) 21-19, 21-18; Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) bt Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Ger) 21-14, 19-21, 21-12.
(Matches involving Malaysians only)Women’s doubles: Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) bt Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean 21-16, 18-21, 21-19; Hsu Ya-ching-Hu Ling-fang (Tpe) bt Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen 16-21, 21-15, 21-17.