KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia men’s doubles pair Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani made clear their intent of winning a place in the Thomas Cup squad by pulling off stunning upsets in the Thailand Masters.
Independent shuttlers Ee Yi-Yew Sin knocked out third seeds Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung-jae of South Korea 21-11,21-18 in the first round at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok yesterday.
It was a sweet revenge for Ee Yi-Yew Sin, who lost to the world No. 9 pair in the Hong Kong Open last year.
They will take on China’s Ou Xuanyi-Zhang Nan for a place in the quarter-finals.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s second ranked pair Sze Fei-Izzuddin were also on fire when they blew away fifth seeds Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong of China 21-17,21-18 to set up a meeting against Taiwan’s Lee Jhe-huei-Yang Po-hsuan.
Sze Fei-Izzuddin were elated to beat the world No. 11 pair for the second time in four meetings.
“We hope to keep improving in every game and try to win at least one title this year.
“We were well prepared for this game and happy to beat them again. This is a good start for us, ” said Izzuddin.
“Sze Fei and I complement each other well. There are major tournaments this year but we will let the coach decide on the players selection. We’ll keep giving our best.”
Malaysia have the options of choosing three pairs for the Thomas Cup Finals from May 16-24 in Aarhus, Denmark.
Currently, there are four pairs with the potential of representing Malaysia – Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Ee Yi-Yew Sin and Sze Fei-Izzuddin.
Aaron-Wooi Yik and V Shem-Wee Kiong are almost assured of their places based on current form but the third spot should be a toss up between Ee Yi-Yew Sin and Sze Fei-Izzuddin.
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