No title as Aaron-Wooi Yik crash out in Thai Open final

The new norm. Soh Wooi Yik hands a medal to Aaron Chia during the prize presentation ceremony. The duo emerged as the men's doubles runners-up at the Toyota Thailand Open in Bangkok.

PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik fell short in the final hurdle of the Toyota Thailand Open.

The hopes of the 2019 All-England runners-up to win their first major title ended in just 36 minutes when they lost 13-21,18-21 to Taiwan's Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin in the men's doubles final at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

The Malaysians received US$35,000 (RM141,505) for the runners-up finish while the champions pocketed US$74,000 (RM299,182).

The world No. 9 Aaron-Wooi Yik are the second Malaysia pair who have failed in their bid to end the hot run of the Taiwanese pair. Last week, independent shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong were beaten by the same pair in the final of Yonex Thailand Open.

Europeans continued to dominate in the singles when Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and Carolina Marin of Spain emerged as the champions in the men and women events for the second week in a row.

Axelsen blew away compatriot Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-11,21-7 while Marin knocked off Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan 21-19,21-17. Both were winners at last week's Thailand Open too.


Men's singles: Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 21-11,21-7.

Men's doubles: Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (Mas) 21-13,21-18.

Women's singles: Carolina Marin (Spa) bt Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) 21-19,21-17.

Mixed doubles: Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee Yong (Kor) bt Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) 21-18,21-19.

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