Soon Huat and Shevon’s plan to come good in Denmark goes awry


PETALING JAYA: It was the end of the road for independent shuttlers Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (pic) in the Denmark Open.

The world No. 13 had hoped to come good in their first tournament in six months but instead, they fell flat with a 14-21, 12-21 defeat to third seeds Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva of Indonesia in Odense yesterday.

It was their third defeat to the Indonesian pair.

Soon Huat-Shevon last played in the back-to-back Swiss Open and All-England but they reached the last eight in Basel before crashing out in the opening round in Birmingham.

In the first round in Denmark, they had it easy when He Jiting-Liu Xuanxuan of China retired after trailing 1-6 in the first game.

“We are quite bumped with the result, as we went in pretty confident,” admitted Shevon. “But although we lost, we did see some improvements in some areas of our game. The shuttle and environment here were quite different too. We just need to get back into the tournament momentum. We’ll continue to fight on,” added Shevon, who will be hoping to rebound at next week’s French Open in Paris.

The only other mixed doubles pair left in the fray in the second round are world No. 12 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing who were slated to play South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Eom Hye-won.

Malaysia’s challenge will be reduced to one in the men’s singles as the only two representatives Liew Daren and Lee Zii Jia have set up an all-Malaysian affair in the second round to assure a quarter-final ticket.

Daren made it to the second round after beating Denmark’s old-timer Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-18, 23-21 while Zii Jia had huffed and puffed to beat Taiwan’s Wang Tzu-wei 12-21, 21-9, 21-18.

The winner of the match between Daren and Zii Jia will face the winner of the match between local favourite and second seed Viktor Axelsen and India’s Lakshya Sen.

In the men’s doubles, the hopes are on independent shuttlers Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Olympics bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani to keep the Malaysia flag flying.

Yew Sin-Ee Yi came through the opening round after Denmark’s Joel Eipe-Rasmus Kjaer retired at 12-21, 18-18. They should win against Scotland’s Alexander Dunn-Adam Hall next for a place in the quarter-finals.

It will quite tricky for Aaron-Wooi Yik and Sze Fei-Izzuddin as they face Akira Koga-Taichi Saito of Japan and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty of India respectively.

SECOND ROUND

Men’s singles: Kento Momota (Jpn) bt K. Srikanth (Ind) 23-21, 21-9; Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Kanta Tsuneyama (Ina) 21-11, 21-9;

Men’s doubles: Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) bt Pramudya Kusumawardana-Yeremia Erich (Ina) 21-15, 21-18; Muhammad Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana (Ina) bt Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya (Ina) 17-21, 21-17, 23-21;

(Matches involving Malaysians in other events)

Mixed doubles: Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva (Ina) bt Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (Mas) 21-14, 21-12.

FIRST ROUND

Men’s singles: Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Loh Kean Yew (Sin) 21-19, 21-14; Liew Daren bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 21-18, 23-21; Lakshya Sen (Ind) bt Sourabh Verma (Ind) 21-9, 21-7; Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt H.S. Prannoy (Ind) 21-18, 21-19; Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt H.S. Prannoy (Ind) 21-18, 21-19; Thomas Rouxel (Fra) bt Anthony Ginting (Ina) 4-1, rtd;

Men’s doubles: Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt Joel Eipe-Rasmus Kjaer (Den) 21-12, 18-18 (rtd); Lee Jhe-huei-Yang Po-hsuan (Tpe) bt Leo Rolly-Daniel Marthin (Ina) 21-19, 21-19; Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han (Tpe) 21-18, 21-18; Alexander Dunn-Adam Hall (Sco) bt Lucas Corvee-Ronan Labar (Ned) 21-14, 21-14;

(Matches involving Malaysians in other events)

Mixed doubles: Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie bt He Jiting-Liu Xuanxuan (Chn) 6-1, rtd; Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) bt Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (Ina) 22-20, 21-15;

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