PETALING JAYA: Fast-rising national women's pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah continued their sensational form when they stunned fourth seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand to reach the second round on their All-England debut.
World No. 22 Pearly-Thinaah showed that their stunning Swiss Open victory two weeks ago was no fluke by powering past the more illustrious world No. 8 pair 21-17,23-21 at the Arena Birmingham on Wednesday (March 17).
They will take on Jessica Hopton-Jenny More of England next for a place in the quarter-finals.
“It was quite a surprise and an unexpected win for us. We have strong belief in each other and we communicated well on court and played the rotation well," said Pearly, who turned 21 on Sunday (March 14).
"We are excited to be here as this is our first All England. To win our first match was a big thing for us.
Pearly-Thinaah are Malaysia's only representatives in the women's doubles competition this week as their world No. 10 seniors Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean had opted to skip it.
In the men's singles, sixth seed Lee Zii Jia is also through to the last 16 after defeating Brian Yang of Canada 21-13,21-10.
Up next for Zii Jia is Denmark's veteran Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, whom he had beaten once during the Thomas Cup in Bangkok three years ago.
Liew Daren failed to make it a double joy after going down 10-21,10-21 to H. S. Prannoy to mark his first defeat in four meetings against the Indian opponent.
Experienced pairs Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi got off to a winning start in the men's doubles, but debutants Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong bit the dust.
V Shem-Wee Kiong, the semi-finalists in 2016, defeated Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel 21-11,21-18 to exact sweet revenge on their German rivals following their second-round loss at the Swiss Open.
The world No. 11 will face Denmark's Mathias Christiansen-Niclas Nohr next, the pair who eliminated Hang Yee-Eng Cheong 21-16,21-19.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi warmed up well ahead of their crunch match against defending champions Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe of Japan with a convincing 21-13,21-12 win over India's M. R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila.
Neither Soniia Cheah nor S. Kisona managed to pull off a surprise in the women's singles challenge.
Soniia went down to reigning world champions P. V. Sindhu of India 11-21,17-21 while Kisona was outclassed 6-21,7-21 by Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
The mixed doubles competition saw two out of three Malaysian pairs in action yesterday cleared their first tests.
Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing beat Japan's new combination Takuro Hoki-Nami Matsuyama 21-13,21-13 while Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei got off to a winning debut by labouring to a 21-13,18-21,21-18 win over home pair Gregory Mairs-Jenny Moore.
Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See found Denmark's Niclas Amalie Magelund too hot to handle as they were outplayed 13-21,14-21.
Two more pairs Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie are scheduled to play their first-round matches on Thursday (March 18).
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
(Matches involving Malaysians only)
Men's singles: Lee Zii Jia (Mas) bt Brian Yang (Can) 21-13,21-10; H. S. Prannoy (Ind) bt Liew Daren (Mas) 21-10,21-10.
Men's doubles: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) bt Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Ger) 21-11,21-18; Mathias Christiansen-Niclas Nohr (Den) bt Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong (Mas) 21-16,21-19; Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt M. R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila (Ind) 21-13,21-12.
Women's singles: P. V. Sindhu (Ind) bt Soniia Cheah (Mas) 21-11,21-17; Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Tha) bt S. Kisona (Mas) 21-6,21-7.
Women's doubles: Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah (Mas) bt Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) 21-17,23-21.
Mixed doubles: Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) bt Takuro Hoki-Nami Matsuyama (Jpn) 21-13,21-13; Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei (Mas) bt Gregory Mairs-Jenny Moore (Eng) 21-13,18-21,21-18; Niclas Nohr-Amalie Magelund (Den) bt Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See (Mas) 21-13,21-14.