Aaron-Wooi Yik clear opening hurdle but two other pairs crash out

Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik in action during the Malaysian Open. - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Men's doubles world champions Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik battled into the second round of the Malaysian Open badminton championships at the Axiata Arena on Wednesday.

Aaron-Wooi Yik, the world No. 3, staged a fightback after losing the first game against Taiwan's Lee Jhe-huei-Yang Po-hsuan before securing a 16-21, 21-15, 21-16 win in 56 minutes.

Two other Malaysian pairs – Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun - crashed out in the first round.

Sze Fei-Izzuddin lost 16-21, 21-11, 21-17 to China’s Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang while Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya of Indonesia defeated Wei Chong-Kai Wun 21-18, 23-21.

In the mixed doubles, Goh Liu Ying bid farewell to her international career after playing in her last match with Chan Peng Soon. They lost 18-21, 21-15, 21-7 to Rehan Naufal-Lisa Ayu of Indonesia in the first round.

Young pair Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei overcame independent pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing 21-15, 21-10 to reach the second round.

In the women’s doubles, Go Pei Kee-Mei Xing defeated Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 21-13, 21-13 in another all-Malaysia first round clash.

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