Doubles pair Aaron-Wooi Yik stumbles at semi-finals of Swiss Open


PETALING JAYA: Top seeds and former All-England runner-up Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik failed in their bid to reach the Swiss Open final as women's doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah unexpectedly became the only Malaysian survivors in Basel.

Aaron-Wooi Yik's challenge came unstuck in the rubber game as Germans Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel eventually pulled away for a 21-13,13-21,21-16 victory in 52 minutes in a semi-final match on Saturday (March 6).

Aaron-Wooi Yik had defeated Indonesian world junior champions Leo Rolly Carnando-Daniel Marthin 21-18,9-21,21-16 to reach the last four on Friday (March 5).

Pearly-Thinaah are left to carry Malaysia's hopes of salvaging at least one title after they reached the women's doubles final for the first time.

Pearly-Thinaah came back from a game down to beat national No. 1 and teammates Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean 10-21,21-14,21-16.

Thinaah said they do not plan to change their patient approach when they take on Bulgaria's Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva in the final today.

"We have to make sure that we do not put pressure on ourselves. The important thing is to just focus on one game after another," she said.

Men's singles second seed Lee Zii Jia was stopped 18-21,10-21 by three-time world junior champion shuttler Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the semis earlier.

Kunlavut, only 19, will start his first BWF World Tour final appearance, looking to turn the tables on current top Danish player Viktor Axelsen.

Independent mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing's spirited run in Basel ended with a 19-21,10-21 defeat by French pair Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue in the semi-finals.

RESULTS

SEMI-FINALS

Men's singles: Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt K. Srikanth (Ind) 21-13,21-19; Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Tha) bt Lee Zii Jia (Mas) 21-18,21-10.

Men's doubles: Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Ger) bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (Mas) 21-13,13-21.

Women's singles: P.V. Sindhu (Ind) bt Mia Blichfeldt (Den) 22-20,21-10.

Women's doubles: Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah (Mas) bt Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (Mas) 10-21,21-14,21-16;

Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) bt Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) 21-16,21-14.

Mixed doubles: Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje (Den) bt Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith (Eng) 21-16,23-21; Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue (Fra) bt Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 21-19,21-10.

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