Aaron-Wooi Yik beat Indian pair to enter Thai Open finals


PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 men's doubles Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik earned their first final appearance in two years after beating Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty of India in straight games in the semi-finals of the Toyota Thailand Open on Saturday (Jan 23).

Aaron-Wooi Yik knocked out the Indian pair 21-18,21-18 in 35 minutes to reach the final.

It will be their first final appearance since finishing as runners-up at the All-England in 2019.

The world No. 9 pair will be out to deny Taiwan's Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin a second straight title on Thai soil when they clash in the final today.

The Taiwanese pair denied Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong by beating the Malaysian pair in the Yonex Thailand Open final just a week ago and are on fire after beating world No. 2 Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 14-21,22-20,21-12 in the other semi-final yesterday.

Aaron-Wooi Yik beat Shem-Wee Kiong 21-16,21-13 in the quarter-finals on Friday.

It was the end of the road for women's doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean after a tame 17-21,6-21 defeat by South Korean fourth seeds Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong today.

Veteran shuttler Liew Daren's fine run came to an end after he fell to world No. 4 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 16-21,15-21 in the last eight on Friday.

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