Great chance for Aaron-Wooi Yik to break Open title jinx


PETALING JAYA: Newly crowned world champions Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik have a good opportunity to continue their fine form in the Denmark Open from Oct 18-23 after they were handed a favourable draw.

The national No. 1 men’s doubles pair will be raring to go on their return to tournament action following their historic victory last month and should win their opening match against Germany’s world No. 11 Mark Lamfsfuss-Marvin Seidel.

World No. 5 Aaron-Wooi Yik also should face little trouble overcoming either Scotland’s Christopher Grimley-Matthew Grimley or Lucas Corvee-Ronan Labar of France in the second round.

They, however, could face their first real test in the quarter-finals in the form of world No. 8 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty.

But Aaron-Wooi Yik have beaten the Indians in the last four of the world meet and have never lost to them in their past six encounters.

Doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky was fairly pleased with the draw and feels that his charges should go far in the tournament.

“Aaron-Wooi Yik’s preparations for the Denmark Open are going well. The draw looks OK. Both of them are feeling confident of going far in the competition,” said Rexy.

The duo have yet to capture an Open title despite their world title win and will be out to rectify this.

Meanwhile, the other pairs who will be vying for the title are Japan’s world No. 1 Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi, Indonesia’s world No. 4 Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan and world No. 6 Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto.

The other Malaysians in the fray are Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani, Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun and Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong.

Yew Sin-Ee Yi and Wei Chong-Kai Wun face tough first-round matches against China’s Japan Open champions Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang and Indonesia’s All-England winners Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana respectively.

Sze Fei-Izzuddin have a tricky opening round meeting against Taiwan’s reigning Olympic champion Lee Yang and his new partner Lu Chen while Kian Meng-Wee Kiong need to overcome South Korea’s Choi Sol-gyu-Kim Won-ho for a place in the second round.

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