A better pair in Paris


PETALING JAYA: World No. 8 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying put last week’s disappointment at the Denmark Open behind them by progressing into the last 16 of the French Open.

There’s no hiccup this time for the Rio Olympics silver medallists as they gave a solid performance to beat India’s Dhruv Kapila-N. Sikki Reddy 21-19, 21-19 at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Paris yesterday.

In Denmark, Peng Soon-Liu Ying slumped to a shocking first-round defeat to world No. 32 Chang Tak Ching-Ng Wing Yung of Hong Kong.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying will get a shot at avenging their loss if they meet Tak Ching-Wing Yung in the next round.

Tak Ching-Wing Yung take on Japan’s Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo in the first round.

Should Kaneko-Matsutomo be the pair Peng Soon-Liu Ying are going up against next, they will still be highly motivated to win. The world No. 17 Japanese duo stopped the Malaysians’ gallant run in the All-England semi-finals in March, dashing their hopes of reaching the final of the prestigious event for the second time.

Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie are also through to the next round after dispatching Oliver Davis-Anona Pak of New Zealand 21-9, 21-12.

Soon Huat-Shevon were supposed to have a tougher opener against home favourites Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue, the world No. 11, but the pair announced their withdrawal due to Gicquel’s injury.

They face Russia’s Rodion Alimov-Alina Davletova next for a place in the quarter-finals.

In the men’s doubles, Nur Izzuddin Rumsani-Goh Sze Fei were brought back down to earth a day after celebrating their entry into the world’s top 20.

The two 23-year-olds, who shot up to No. 19 after their semi-final outing in Denmark last week, lost 24-22, 20-22, 17-21 to compatriots Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.

Dutch Open runners-up Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong failed to get a winning start on their first World Tour together after going down 18-21, 15-21 to Germany’s Marvin Seidel-Marks Lamfuss.

Another newly-formed professional combination Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien still could not make any headway on the international stage.

The women’s pair lost 12-21, 14-21 to Denmark’s Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen for their third successive first-round exit.

They were also sent packing early at the Dutch and Denmark Opens.

FIRST-ROUND RESULTS

Men’s singles: Rasmus Gemke (Den) bt Toma Popov (Fra) 21-14, 21-10; Shesar Rhustavito (Ina) bt Brian Yang (Can) 21-17, 21-16; Thomas Rouxel (Fra) bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) 21-15, 11-21, 27-25.

Men’s doubles: Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Ger) bt Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 21-18, 21-15; Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (Mas) bt 22-24, 22-20, 21-17.

*Matches involving Malaysians only

Women’s doubles: Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen (Den) bt Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 21-12, 21-14.

Mixed doubles: Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (Mas) bt Oliver Davis-Anona Pak (Nzl) 21-9, 21-12; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) bt Dhruv Kapila-N. Sikki Reddy (Ind) 21-19, 21-19.

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