PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's top mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying suffered their worst outing in four years at the All-England when they were sent packing in the first round.
The world No. 6 and 2017 All-England runners-up went down 16-21,11-21 to Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas Mentari of Indonesia at the Arena Birmingham on Wednesday (Mar 11).
It was Peng Soon-Liu Ying first loss to the former world junior champions after three meetings.
The first round exit, as well as their defeat to lower-ranked rivals, certainly does not augur well for them ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
However, it is worth pointing out that the last time Peng Soon-Liu Ying lost in the first round the All-England in 2016, they went on to clinch the silver medal at the Rio Olympics.
In the men's doubles, last year's finalists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik kicked off their campaign with a convincing 21-15,21-17 win over compatriots Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani.
They were joined in the last 16 by Thailand Masters winners Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, who fought back from a game down to beat world No. 17 He Jiting-Tan Qiang of China.
Aaron-Wooi Yik next take on Taiwan's Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han, while Yew Sin-Ee Yi will also face Taiwanese rivals Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin.
Two national women's doubles pair are also through to the last 16.
Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean clinched a hard-fought 15-21,21-15,21-18 victory in 62 minutes over China's Li Wenmei-Zheng, Yu while Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen barely broke a sweat as they downed Swiss-Dutch combination Nadia Fankhauser-Iris Tabeling 21-13,21-17.
Mei Kuan-Meng Yean will aim to reach their first quarter-finals when they face China's sixth seeds Du Yue-Li Yinhui, while Vivian-Cheng Wen will have to produce something special if they are to overcome world No. 9 Chang Ye-na-Kim Hye-rin of South Korea.
Malaysia's challenge in the women's singles ended early with the elimination of sole representative Soniia Cheah.
She was soundly beaten 9-21,11-21 by world No. 5 Ratchanok Intanon.
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