Aaron-Wooi Yik march to semis to keep Malaysia flag flying in French Open


File photo of Malaysia's Soh Wooi Yik (front) and Aaron Chia during the Tokyo Olympic Games in July. - AFP.

PETALING JAYA: Shuttlers Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik are the only Malaysia pair left standing in the French Open after storming into the men's doubles semi-finals in Paris.

The national No. 1 Aaron-Wooi Yik battled for 61 minutes to beat India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty 18-21, 21-18, 21-17 in the quarter-finals at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium on Friday.

They face Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol of South Korea for a place in the final.

"It was not easy to beat the pair from India but our task is far from over here," said Aaron.

"We have not played against the Korean pair before but we will be out to give them a good fight."

Sung-hyun-Baek-cheol was impressive in their 16-21, 21-19, 21-13 win over second seeds Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in another semi-final clash.

The march of independent shuttlers Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi ended in the last eight when they went down 13-21, 20-22 to top seeds Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya. The Indonesians will play compatriots Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto next.

Malaysia's campaign in the mixed doubles is over with the defeats of independent shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying bowed out 10-21, 17-21 to Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan while Soon Huat-Shevon lost 14-21, 10-21 to top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.

In the men's singles, Kento Momota of Japan defeated Shesar Hiren of Indonesia 21-19, 21-11 to set up a meeting against teammate Kanta Tsuneyama. The other semi-final will be between fourth seed Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan and South Korean Heo Kwang-hee.

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