PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik strolled into the quarter-finals of the Spain Masters in Barcelona after a straightforward victory over unheralded Germans Bjarne Geiss-Jan Colin Volker in a late second round match on Thursday.
The Malaysians blew away the German pair 21-15,21-18 in just 27 minutes and are due to play another German pair, Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel, in the quarter-final.
Aaron-Wooi Yik, the second seeds and currently ranked eighth in the world, should have little trouble overcoming world No 18 Lamsfuss-Seidel, as they gun for their first title of the year in the absence of several top pairs.
They were joined in the quarter finals by women’s doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean who exacted a measure of revenge over compatriots Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen in the second round after losing to the pair in the opening round of the Thailand Masters last month.
The victory, though, did not come easy as Mei Kuan-Meng Yean had to slog for 75 minutes to overcome the stubborn Vivian-Cheng Wen 21-15,12-21,21-16.
The victory will be a relief for the world No. 15 pair after several underwhelming performances, including a loss to the lower-ranked Taiwanese pair of Hsu Ya-ching-Hu Ling-fang (world No. 22) in the quarter-finals of the Asia Team Championships in Manila last week.
The 15th ranked Mei Kuan-Meng Yean face England’s Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith for a place in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, independent men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren also reached the quarter-finals after defeating Lucas Corvee of France 21-16,22-20.
The 32-year-old Malaysian was in action late yesterday against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke.
Gemke earlier had to work hard to subdue Brazilian Ygor Coelho 21-19,16-21,21-13 in a match lasting 62 minutes.
(Matches involving Malaysians only)
Men’s singles: Liew Daren bt Lucas Corvee 21-16,22-20.
Men’s doubles: Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik bt Bjarne Geiss-Jan Colin Volker 21-15,21-18.
Women’s doubles: Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen 21-15,12-21,21-16.
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