Win in opener a must for Aaron-Wooi Yik

Local affair: Malaysia’s Chow Mei Kuan (left) and Lee Meng Yean open their World Tour Final doubles campaign against teammates Vivian Hoo and Yap Cheng Wen.

PETALING JAYA: Doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik will be aiming for nothing less than a win as they open their World Tour Finals campaign against South Korea’s Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae today.

The world No. 9, who made their debut in Guangzhou in 2019, know how crucial a first win would be in the round-robin contest.

Then, Aaron-Wooi Yik went into the Finals with plenty of promise, only to crash out in the group stage.

They lost their opener against Indonesians Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan and subsequently went down to Taiwan’s Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin, thus ending their hopes of a top-two finish in the group.

Now they are eager to get off to a flying start in a tricky Group B which is made up of Ahsan-Hendra and Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov.

“In a round-robin competition, every match is important and you want to win all of them if possible, ” said Aaron, who’s looking to build on the runner-up finish at last week’s Toyota Thailand Open.

“The opening match could prove decisive and we must win at all costs. However, a win will not put us in a comfortable position but it helps as it gives us confidence.

“So, we are aiming to start off on the right foot.”

Another doubles pair in the fray are independents Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.

They take on in-form Chi-lin-Lee Yang today, seeking to exact revenge on the Taiwanese who ousted them in the quarter-finals of the Yonex Thailand Open.

In the women’s doubles, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen will square off in an all-Malaysian clash.

The two pairs are the underdogs in Group A which has world No. 4 Lee So-hee-Shin Sheung-chan of South Korea and Indonesia’s world No. 8 Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu.

“We won against the Indonesians (2019 China Open) and lost narrowly to So-hee-Sheung-chan (2019 Hong Kong Open) so we have a chance, ” said Meng Yean.

In the mixed doubles, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie have a better chance of progressing into the semi-finals with Indonesia’s Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Widjaja in Group B.

Soon Huat-Shevon will be going out to score their third straight win over Germany’s Marks Lamsfuss-Isabel Herttrich today.

The other pair in their group are Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue of France.

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