Finally, Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin make winning start on World Tour

PETALING JAYA: National men’s doubles pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani have ended their first-round jinx on the World Tour.

At the Denmark Open yesterday, the world No. 26 secured a convincing 21-18, 21-11 win over India’s Manu Attri-B. Sumeeth Reddy to set up a last-16 clash with world No. 10 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty.

The win should come as a relief for Sze Fei-Izzuddin, who have failed to live up to expectations as the second-ranked pair behind Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik in the national team.

Sze Fei-Izzuddin, who are in the fifth year of their partnership, failed to clear the first round in their last two starts at the Thailand Open 2 in January and Swiss Open in March.

They were also unimpressive at the Thomas Cup Finals last week after going down tamely to Japanese scratch pair Yuta Watanabe-Akira Koga.

Sze Fei-Izzuddin will have a good chance to prove their worth by trying to take down the in-form Satwiksairaj-Chirag, whom they have never beaten in four matches previously, tomorrow.

Satwiksairaj-Chirag will be a tough nut to crack as not only were they unbeaten in the Thomas Cup Finals last week, the Indian aces also have the distinction of being the only pair to have beaten Olympic champions Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan this year.

They did it during the group stage of the Tokyo Games.

Meanwhile, it was the end of the road for Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah and Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen in the women’s doubles event.

Pearly, who missed out on her Uber Cup Finals debut due to a shoulder injury, returned with an energetic performance with Thinaah but went down fighting at 21-17, 13-21, 14-21 to Olympic champions Apriyani Rahayu-Greysia Polii of Indonesia.

The two pairs had also battled for 91 minutes during the Sudirman Cup in Finland two weeks ago with Greysia-Apriyani prevailing 20-22, 21-17, 21-18.

Meng Yean and Cheng Wen’s first-time partnership were no match for Thailand’s Benyapa Aimsaard-Nuntakarn Aimsaard, losing 12-21, 15-21 to their world No. 64 opponents.

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