Confident Aaron-Wooi Yik win opener in style in Tokyo


Malaysia's Aaron Chia (right) and Soh Wooi Yik go for a shot in their men's doubles badminton group stage match against South Korea's Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo. - AFP

PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik got off to a brilliant start in their Olympic Games debut by winning their opening match in a commanding fashion.

The world No. 9 took 43 minutes to upstage South Korea's Seo Seung-jae-Choi Sol-gyu 24-22, 21-15 in their first Group D match at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza today to keep alive a hope to reach the knockout stage.

With their win, the Malaysian have now beaten the Koreans, ranked eighth in the world, three times in five meetings.

They will play second seeds Hendra Setiawan-Mohd Ahsan of Indonesia on Sunday and their last match in the group will be against Canada's Jason Ho-Shue-Nyl Yakura.

Only the top two pairs will advance to the last eight elimination round, and the 2019 All-England runners-up Aaron-Wooi Yik have a good chance to make the cut.

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