PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi put their disappointment behind by getting off to a great start in the Singapore Open.
The world No. 10, who withdrew from the Malaysian Masters after Yew Sin tested positive for Covid-19 last week, only needed 29 minutes to sweep aside Thailand’s Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren 21-14, 21-14 in the first round.
They will next play Taiwan’s No. 24 Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han for a place in the quarter-finals.
Fellow independent pair Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen were also dominant in their 21-12, 21-10 win over India’s Shyam Prasad-S. Sunjith.V Shem-Juan Shen will either take on Indonesia’s Sabar Gutama-Moh Isfahani or home pair Andy Kwek-Jason Wong in the second round.
Meanwhile, two other independent pairs – Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong and Nur Azriyn Ayub-Lim Khim Wah – crashed out.
Kian Meng-Wee Kiong went down 18-21, 14-21 to Indonesia’s Leo Rolly-Daniel Marthin while Azriyn Ayub-Khim Wah were easily dismissed 9-21, 10-21 by China’s He Jiting-Zhao Haodong.
In the qualifying round, Chia Weijie-Low Hang Yee did well to beat Taiwan’s Chang Ko-chi-Po Li-wei 21-18, 21-23, 21-16 to book their spot in the tournament proper.
National men’s doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky though pleased with the results, wants to see more from his charges.
“Its a good start for them and I hope they will keep the momentum and achieve a good result here. Hopefully, this win will boost their confidence. I want to see them keep putting more effort,” said Rexy.
Weijie-Hang Yee, who are currently 133rd in the world, will next face compatriots and world No. 37 Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun for a place in the second round.
Meanwhile, Chang Yee Jun-Yap Roy King and Boon Xin Yuan-Wong Tien Ci agonisingly missed out on the first round after narrow three-game losses in the qualifiers.
Yee Jun-Roy King lost out to home pair Andy Kwek-Jason Wong 22-24, 21-12, 19-21 while Xin Yuan-Tien Ci fell 21-19, 14-21, 19-21 to China’s Liang Wei Keng-Wang Chang.
Tien Ci made up for his loss when he combined with Lim Chiew Sien in the mixed doubles to oust Ireland’s Joshua Magee-Moya Ryan 21-11, 21-16 in just 28 minutes.
The pair will be up against Malaysian Masters finalists Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas of Indonesia in the first round.
In men’s singles, Cheam June Wei and Soong Joo Ven failed to reach the first round.
June Wei managed to beat India’s Chirag Sen 21-14, 21-14 in the first qualifying round but blew a good opportunity to get past homester Jason Teh in the second despite holding seven match points at 20-14 in the third game and ended up losing 29-27, 19-21, 21-23 in 74 minutes.
Joo Ven disappointingly went down 15-21, 11-21 to Germany’s Max Weisskirchen in the first qualifying round.
(Matches involving Malaysians only)
First qualifying round
Men’s singles: Cheam June Wei bt Chirag Sen (Ind) 21-14, 21-14; Max Weisskirchen (Ger) bt Soong Joo Ven 21-15, 21-11.
Men’s doubles: Chia Weijie-Low Hang Yee bt Chang Ko-chi-Po Li-wei (Tpe) 21-18, 21-23, 21-16; Andy Kwek-Jason Wong (Sin) bt Chang Yee Jun-Yap Roy King 24-22, 12-21, 21-19; Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang (Chn) bt Boon Xin Yuan-Wong Tien Ci 19-21, 21-14, 21-19;
Mixed doubles: Wong Tien Ci-Lim Chiew Sien bt Joshua Magee-Moya Ryan (Irl) 21-11, 21-16.
Second qualifying round
Men’s singles: Jason Teh (Sin) bt Cheam June Wei 27-29, 21-19, 23-21.
Men’s doubles: Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi bt Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren (Tha) 21-14, 21-14; Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen bt Shyam Prasad-S. Sunjith (Ind) 21-12, 21-10; Leo Rolly-Daniel Marthin bt Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong 21-18, 21-14; He Jiting-Zhao Haodong (Chn) bt Nur Azriyn Ayub-Lim Khim Wah 21-9, 21-10.