KUALA LUMPUR: Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik lived up to their billing as the top men's doubles pair in the country at the Perodua Malaysian Masters at the Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil Tuesday (Jan 7).
The world no. 8 and Philipines SEA Games gold medallists carried their form into the new year as they needed just 33 minutes to defeat their seniors and Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong 21-19,21-18 in the first round.
V Shem-Wee Kiong, who are ranked 10th in the world, are locked in a fierce battle with their compatriots for a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The match was eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint, with both pairs trying hard to outfox each other from the start.
In the end, Aaron-Wooi Yik showed more composure and romped home with the win.
They will be joined in the second round by Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, who overcame India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty 21-15,18-21,21-15.
In the women's doubles, Malaysians Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean found China's world no. 7 pair too tough and lost 21-13,21-18.
In the qualifying rounds, Liew Daren (men's singles), Low Hang Yee-Lim Chiew Sien, Man Wei Chong-Pearly Tan (mixed doubles) Anna Cheong- Chiew Sien, Pearly-M. Thinaah (women's doubles) managed to make it into the tournament proper.
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