KUALA LUMPUR: The nation's challenge in the Malaysian Open ended when men's doubles pairs Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani crashed out in the semi-finals today (July 2).
With their defeats, Malaysia failed to end their eight-year men's doubles title wait. Malaysia last won the men's doubles title through Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah in 2014.
Aaron-Wooi Yik went down 21-23, 9-21 to Japan's reigning world champions Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.
The national No. 1, spurred on by a vociferous crowd, squandered two game points at 20-19 and 21-20 to allow the Japanese pair to claw back for the opener.
The narrow loss seemed to have affected them as they struggled to stop the more confident Japanese from wrapping up the second game at a canter. The defeat was Aaron-Wooi Yik’s fifth in seven meetings with Hoki-Kobayashi.
With the defeat, world No. 6 Aaron-Wooi Yik failed to end their title drought in Open tournaments.
World No. 12 Sze Fei-Izzuddin had earlier lost out to Indonesia's world No. 7 Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto 14-21, 12-21.
In the men's singles, Denmark's Viktor Axelsen reached his third consecutive final after overcoming Indonesia's Jonatan Christie 21-15, 20-22, 21-11.
He will meet Japan's Kento Momota in the title match on Sunday after the latter swept aside Thailand's Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21-11, 21-12.
The women's singles final will be between China's Chen Yufei and Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon while Indonesia's Apriyani Rahayu-Siti Fadia Ramadhanti will attempt to win their first title of the year when they face China's Zheng Shuxian-Zheng Yu in the women's doubles.
The mixed doubles final will be a blockbuster affair featuring China's world No. 1 Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong and Thailand's world No. 2 Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
Men’s singles: Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Jonatan Christie (Ina) 21-15, 20-22, 21-11; Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Tha) 21-11, 21-12.
Men’s doubles: Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (Mas) 21-14, 21-12; Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (Mas) 23-21, 21-9.
Women’s singles: Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) bt Wang Zhiyi (Chn) 21-8, 21-18; Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) 19-21, 21-13, 21-15.
Women’s doubles: Apriyani Rahayu-Siti Fadia Ramadhanti (Ina) bt Jeong Na-eun-Kim Hye-jeong (Kor) 21-14, 22-20; Zheng Shuxian-Zheng Yu (Chn) bt Mayu Matsutomo-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn) 11-21, 21-19, 21-17.
Mixed doubles: Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) 23-21, 19-21, 21-14; Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje (Den) 21-18, 21-8.