Meng Yean and Cheng Wen finally clicking


Booster in Bali: Lee Meng Yean (right) with Yap Cheng Wen registered their biggest win to date at the Indonesian Open since teaming up two months ago.

PETALING JAYA: Doubles shuttler Lee Meng Yean believes her partnership with Yap Cheng Wen is beginning to take shape after four tournaments.

At the Indonesian Open in Bali yesterday, Meng Yean-Cheng Wen beat world No. 31 Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen of Denmark 21-12, 19-21, 26-24 in a 79-minute pulsating battle to register their biggest win to date since teaming up two months ago.

It was a brilliant display by the world No. 134 as they fought back from 8-11 and saved two match points in the third game en route to the victory.

Meng Yean-Cheng Wen have a chance to prove themselves further when they take on the Stoeva sisters – Stefanie and Gabriela – the world No. 11 of Bulgaria in the last 16 today.

In their earlier three outings, Meng Yean-Cheng Wen’s best outing was a last-16 finish in the French Open.

“We have solved some of our shortcomings and the result is today’s win,” said Meng Yean.

“We have been struggling against taller and well-built European opponents but now, we know how to deal with them. It’s going to be another tight contest against the Stoeva sisters.”

The 27-year-old Meng Yean and Cheng Wen, 26, had to start all over again following the departures of their former partners Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo respectively.

Meng Yean-Mei Kuan reached their career-best No. 10 in February this year but their partnership has ended with the retirement of Mei Kuan after the Tokyo Olympics while Cheng Wen’s regular partner Vivian was dropped by the Badminton Association of Malaysia in February.

“After four tournaments together, our partnership has improved,” said Meng Yean.

“It’s not solid yet, but we’re working hard everyday to make our combination click. We need more time to adapt.

“But I have no doubt that we will eventually come good. I see a bright future with our partnership.”

Vivian, who is now playing as an independent player with Lim Chiew Sien, also kept the Malaysian flag flying high when they made it three Malaysian pairs in the last 16 as they came from behind to outplay Melani Mamahit-Tryola Nadia of Indonesia 15-21, 21-8, 21-10.

The win sets up a meeting with Thailand’s third seeds Rawinda Prajongjai-Jongkolphan Kittitharakul.

National No. 1 Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah were the first to check in following their 22-20, 21-19 win over Spaniards Clara Azurmendi-Beatrix Corrales on Tuesday.

It was all over for Liew Daren and Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See after they were beaten in their respective first-round matches.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

Men’s singles: Chico Wardoyo (Ina) bt Henrikho Wibowo (Ina) 21-11, 21-18; Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Liew Daren (Mas) 21-14, 21-15; Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) bt Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-17, 21-17; B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) bt Toma Junior Popov (Fra) 21-19, 21-18; Christo Popov (Fra) bt Anthony Ginting (Ina) 21-17, 21-18; K. Srikanth (Ind) bt H.S. Prannoy (Ind) 15-21, 21-19, 21-12; Men’s doubles: Akira Koga-Taichi Saito (Jpn) bt Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren (Tha) 21-19, 21-11; Shobihul Fikri-Bagas Maulana (Ina) bt Sabar Gutama-Reza Isfahani (Ina) 21-18, 22-20; Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Leo Carnando-Daniel Marthin (Ina) 21-17, 22-20; Mahiro Kaneko-Yunosuke Kubota (Jpn) bt Panjer Dadiara-Bryan Elohim (Ina) 21-14, 21-11; Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) bt Lucas Corvee-Ronan Labar (Fra) 22-20, 21-11; Pramudya Kusumawardana-Yeremia Rambitan (Ina) bt Ben Lane-Sean Vendy (Eng) 18-21, 21-17, 21-9; Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) bt Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) 23-21, 15-21, 21-15.

*Matches involving Malaysians only

Women’s doubles: Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen (Mas) bt Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen (Den) 21-12, 19-21, 26-24; Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien (Mas) bt Melani Mamahit-Tryola Nadia (Ina) 15-21, 21-8, 21-10.

Mixed doubles: Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) bt Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See (Mas) 21-18, 21-12.

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