Yew Sin-Ee Yi reach q-finals after win over world No. 9 pair

Well done: Ong Yew Sin (left) and Teo Ee Yi stun India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty of India in third round. — AP

PETALING JAYA: It is beginner’s luck for long-time partners Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.

The independent shuttlers, who have been playing together for six years, reached the men’s doubles quarter-finals in their first World Championships in Huelva, Spain, after stunning world No. 9 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty of India.

The world No. 12 battled for 68 minutes to beat Satwiksairaj-Chirag 22-20, 18-21, 21-15 in the third round to become the first Malaysian pair to check into the last eight.

They will play the winners of the match between Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and Olympic Games champions Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan in the semi-finals.

Yew Sin-Ee Yi have only won two main titles since they teamed up in November 2015 – the Bitburger Open in Germany in 2016 and last year’s Thailand Masters.

They have done better as a pair since turning professionals early last year after they were surprisingly dropped by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) despite ranked No. 3 in the national team.

The duo have been quite consistent this year as this is their eighth quarter-final appearance in World Tour tournaments.

Their coach Chin Eei Hui was delighted.

“I’m happy they won the match but I still think they could have played better. They need to continue to trust one another and have better communication. They’ve improved.

“We hope they will keep it going but we still have a few steps ahead of us.

“We’re not looking too far but taking it one game at a time.”

Hopes are also high on Tokyo Olympic Games bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong to make it an all-Malaysian quarter-final affair.

Aaron-Wooi Yik will have to beat He Jiting-Tan Qiang of China while V Shem-Wee Kiong have to oust Germany’s Bjarne Geiss-Jan Colin Volker to make it happen – and on paper, both have a good chance to progress.

In the mixed doubles, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing put up a brilliant fight but it was not enough to beat Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan. They went down 19-21, 19-21 in 49 minutes.

Malaysia will now be counting on Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See to keep the flag flying high in the third round. Soon Huat-Shevon defeated Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran of Thailand 21-13, 21-16 to set up a meeting against Yeung Ming Nok-Ng Tsz Yau of Hong Kong while Pang Ron-Yee See take on Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Lohu of Germany for a place in the last eight.

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