CHEN Tang Jie was full of praise for his partner Valeree Siow who took up the leadership role to create another major upset.
Tang Jie-Valeree had made heads turn when they stunned Japan’s world No. 16 Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo in the first round of the Malaysian Open last week.
And they repeated the feat in the same round in the lower-tier Malaysian Masters this time, taking down Germany’s world No. 12 Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Lohau 21-17, 21-11 in just 33 minutes yesterday.
“Valeree took the lead in this match. In the first game, I was making some mistakes and luckily she helped to steady the ship. Usually, I will be the one guiding her but this time it was the other way around,” said Tang Jie.
The pair, who are playing in their fourth tournament together, are hoping to ruffle more feathers when they take on Thailand’s world No. 22 Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran in today’s second round.
“The Thai pair have been playing well since last year. As always, we will give our best to win although we are the underdogs,” added Tang Jie.
Three other pairs – Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, Hoo Pang Ron-Toh Ee Wei and Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See – also made it safely into the second round.
Soon Huat-Shevon defeated compatriots Choong Hon Jian-Peck Yen Wei 21-13, 22-20 and will meet Indonesia’s Hafiz Faizal-Serena Kani next.
The Indonesian pair had dashed the hopes of Soong Joo Ven-Goh Liu Ying, winning 19-21, 21-15, 21-18.
Peng Soon-Yee See needed only 31 minutes to sweep aside Brazil’s Fabricio Farias-Jaqueline Lima 21-12, 21-15.
They, however, face an uphill battle in the second round as they will be up against China’s world No. 1 Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong.
Pang Ron-Ee Wei overcame a narrow loss in the first game to beat South Korea’s Kim Won-ho-Jeong Na-eun 23-25, 21-8, 21-7.
They too have a tough task against another Chinese pair and reigning Olympic champions Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
(Malaysians unless stated)
Men’s singles: Ng Tze Yong bt Brian Yang (Can) 21-15, 21-15; Li Shifeng (Chn) bt Soong Joo Ven 21-14, 21-12; Sai Praneeth (Ind) bt Kevin Cordon (Gua) 21-8, 21-9; Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) bt Liew Daren 21-17, 21-15; Nhat Nguyen (Irl) bt Sun Feixiang (Chn) 21-7, 21-17; Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt Sameer Verma (Ind) 10-21, 21-12, 21-14; Lu Guangzu (Chn) bt Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Tha) w.o.; Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt Kenta Nishimoto 8-21, 21-14, 22-20; H.S. Prannoy (Ina) bt Brice Leverdez (Fra) 21-19, 21-14; Mark Caljouw (Ned) bt Heo Kwang-hee (Kor) 21-17, 21-16; P. Kashyap (Ind) bt Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 16-21, 21-16, 21-16;Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo (Ina) bt Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) 21-16, 17-21, 21-19; Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) bt Jonatan Christie (Ina) 16-21, 21-18, 27-25.
Men’s doubles: Chang Ko-chi-Po Li-wei (Tpe) bt He Jiting-Zhao Haodong (Chn) 18-21, 21-13, 21-18; Mohd Haikal Nazri-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi bt Boon Xin Yuan-Wong Tien Ci 15-21, 21-17, 21-17.
Women’s singles: An Se-young (Kor) bt Iris Wang (US) 21-18, 21-13; Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Michelle Li (Can) 21-15, 21-13; Wang Zhiyi (Chn) bt Han Yue (Chn) 21-19, 21-16; Julie Jakobsen (Den) bt Thet Thuzar (Mya) 14-21, 21-10, 21-10; Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) bt Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Tha) 21-12, 21-13; Fitriani Fitriani (Ina) bt Kristin Kuuba (Est) 19-21, 21-18, 21-12; P.V. Sindhu (Ind) bt He Bingjiao (Chn) 21-13, 17-21, 21-15; Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Sim Yu-jin (Kor) 21-11, 21-8; Gregoria Mariska (Ina) bt Qi Xuefei (Fra) 21-10, 21-10; Goh Jin Wei bt Zhang Beiwen (US) 21-19, 21-18; Zhang Yiman (Chn) bt Putri Wardani (Ina) 23-21, 21-14; Kim Ga-eun (Kor) bt Saina Nehwal (Ina) 16-21, 21-17, 21-14; Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt Yvonne Li (Ger) 21-9, 21-19.
Women’s doubles: Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn) bt Pichamon Phatcharaphisutsin-Nannapas Sukklad (Tha) 21-10, 21-11; Siti Fadia Ramadhanti-Apriyani Rahayu (Ina) bt Supissara Paewsampran-Putita Supajirakul (Tha) 21-13, 21-10; Febriana Kusuma-Amalia Pratiwi (Ina) bt Ashwini Ponnappa-Sikki Reddy (Ind) 21-19, 18-21, 21-16.
Mixed doubles: Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Rehan Naufal-Lisa Ayu (Ina) 21-11, 21-16; Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo (Jpn) bt Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-17, 19-21, 21-19; Robin Tabeling-Selena Piek (Ned) bt Lee Jhe-huei-Hsu Ya-ching (Tpe) 21-16, 21-10; Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Ko Sung-hyun-Eom Hye-won (Kor) 21-12, 21-17; Hoo Pang Ron-Toh Ee Wei bt Kim Won-ho-Jeong Na-eun (Kor) 23-25, 21-8, 21-7; Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Choong Hon Jian-Peck Yen Wei 21-13, 22-20; Chen Tang Jie-Valeree Siow bt Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Lohau 21-17, 21-11; Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas (Ina) bt Mathias Thyrri-Amalie Magelund (Den) 21-16, 21-14; Yang Po-hsuan-Hu Ling-fang (Tpe) bt Kyohei Yamashita-Naru Shinoya (Jpn) w.o.; Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) bt Guo Xinwa-Zhang Shuxian (Chn) 21-23, 21-12, 21-12; Hafiz Faizal-Serena Kani bt Soong Joo Ven-Goh Liu Ying 19-21, 21-15, 21-18; Chang Tak Ching-Ng Wing Yung (Hkg) bt Adham Elgamal-Doha Hany (Egy) 22-20, 21-15; Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See bt Fabricio Farias-Jaqueline Lima (Bra) 21-12, 21-15; Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje (Den) bt Mikkel Mikkelsen-Rikke Soby (Den) 21-17, 23-21; Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Jones Jansen-Linda Efler (Ger) 21-14, 21-12; Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran (Tha) bt Zachariah Sumanti-Hediana Julimarbela (Ina) 21-18, 21-16.