PETALING JAYA: It’s good but not the best year. It was an honest assessment by doubles shuttler Aaron Chia after crashing out in the third round of the World Championships with Soh Wooi Yik in Huelva, Spain, on Thursday.
The fourth seeds went down fighting 21-17, 14-21, 16-21 to China’s He Jiting-Tan Qiang.
The world No. 7 had expected to go further than their quarter-final finish at the 2018 edition in Nanjing but they fell short.
“It’s nothing short of disappointment in the world meet,” said Aaron.
The 24-year-old Aaron’s frustration is understandable as he has been hoping to end the year with a flourish after doing the country proud by winning a bronze in their maiden Olympic Games outing in Tokyo in a competitive field in August. They have had a reasonably good year in the World Tour but missed out on several chances of winning an elusive first Open title with their best being a runner-up finish at the Thailand Open and making the cut for three semi-finals in the Swiss Open, French Open and Indonesian Masters.
“Overall, it’s not what we wanted but we are hoping to make 2022 the best. We’ll be ready to start afresh.”
Aaron was also happy to see good progress shown by world No. 18 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani in their world meet debut. The duo held Olympic champions Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan by the jugular before losing 18-21, 21-17, 18-21 in a nail-biting third-round match.
“Yes, it’s good to see the progress of Sze Fei-Izzuddin as the country’s second pair. We hope that many more back-up pairs and juniors will also work on improving their world ranking,” added Aaron.
National coaching director Wong Choong Hann took the defeats in good spirit.
“I believe our men’s doubles shuttlers have given their best, but in principle, it has shown us that we need to add more depth in our ability and strength,” said Choong Hann.
“We will continue to give emphasis on our players’ physical build-up and strengthen our period of preparation.
“This journey of multiple tournaments have taken its toll on some of our players.
“Nevertheless, I’m happy that our players fought hard despite the limitations. We accept the defeats and try to bounce back stronger.
“The top players will be given a rest and will only resume with the All-England next year.”
Meanwhile, independent shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi booked their quarter-final tickets after winning their hard-fought third-round matches.
V Shem-Wee Kiong slogged to beat Bjarne Geiss-Jan Colin Volker of Germany 21-14, 14-21, 21-17 to set up the last eight meeting against He Jiting-Tan Qiang while Yew Sin-Ee Yi, who defeated India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chrirag Shetty of India, meet Lee Yang-Chi-lin for a place in semi-finals. n THIRD ROUND
Men’s singlesLakshya Sen (Ind) bt Kevin Cordon (Gua) 21-13, 21-8; Zhao Junpeng (Chn) bt Nhat Nguyen (Irl) 21-19, 19-21, 21-18; Lu Guangzu (Chn) bt K. Srikanth (Ind) 21-10, 21-15; Mark Caljouw (Ned) bt Brian Yang (Can) 22-20, 21-12; Lee Zii Jia (Mas) bt Hans-Kristian Vitthinghus (Den) 21-15, 15-21, 21-10; Anders Antonsen (Den) bt Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) 21-9, 21-11; H. S. Prannoy (Ind) bt Rasmus Gemke (Den) 16-21, 21-8, 22-20; Loh Kean Yew (Sin) bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) 21-4, 21-7.
Men’s doublesKeiichiro Matsui-Yoshinori Takeuchi (Jpn) bt Fabien Delrue-William Velleger (Fra) 24-22, 25-23; Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) bt Christopher Grimley-Matthew Grimley (Sco) 21-14, 21-15; Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (Mas) 21-18, 17-21, 21-18; Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) bt Bjarne Geiss-Jan Colin Volker (Ger) 21-14, 14-21, 21-17; He Jiting-Tan Qiang (Chn) bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (Mas) 17-21, 21-14, 21-16; Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) bt Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) 20-22, 21-14, 21-11; Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Ger) bt Torjus Flaatten-Vegard Rikheim (Nor) 21-6, 21-18.
Women’s singlesHe Bingjiao (Chn) bt Mia Blichfeldt (Den) 21-13, 21-10; An Se-young (Kor) bt Wang Zhiyi (Chn) 17-21, 22-20, 21-19; Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-15, 21-18.
Women’s doublesRin Iwanaga-Kie Nakanishi (Jpn) bt Li Wenmei-Zheng Yu (Chn) 21-12, 17-21, 21-18; Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) bt Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen (Den) 21-13, 21-19; Lee So-hee-Shin Sheung-chan (Kor) Ng Tsz Yau-Yuen Sin Ying (Hkg) 21-17, 21-18.
Mixed doublesRodion Alimov-Alina Davletova (Rus) bt Chang Tak Ching-Ng Wing Yung (Hkg) 21-13, 21-13; Kyohei-Yamashita-Naru Shinoya (Jpn) bt Robin Tabeling-Selena Piek (Ned) 17-21, 21-17, 21-17; Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje (Den) 21-15, 16-21, 21-16; Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Lohau (Ger) bt Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See (Mas) 21-13, 13-21, 21-18; Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (Mas) bt Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran (Tha) 21-8, 19-21, 21-19; Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Matthias Thyrri-Mai Surrow (Den) 21-9, 21-16.
n QUARTER-FINALSMen’s singlesK. Srikanth (Ind) bt Mark Caljouw (Ned) 21-8, 21-7; Lakshya Sen (Ind) bt Zhao Junpeng (Chn) 21-15, 15-21, 22-20.
Women’s singlesTai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt P.V. Sindhu (Ind) 21-17, 21-13; He Bingjia (Chn) bt Han Yue (Chn) 21-16, 21-18; Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt An Se-young (Kor) 21-7, 11-21, 21-10.
Women’s doublesChen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida (Jpn) 21-13, 21-17; Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn) bt Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) 21-15, 21-17.
Mixed doublesDechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (Mas) 21-15, 21-13; Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Lohau (Ger) 21-11, 21-10. RESULTS