PETALING JAYA: National men's doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik let slip a golden opportunity to end their World Tour title drought when they went down to China's world No. 11 Liang Weikeng Wang Chang in the final of the Indian Open on Sunday (Jan 22).
Reigning world champions Aaron-Wooi Yik had looked on course for the title after winning the first game 21-14 but the Chinese pair refused to give in and narrowly edged the next two games 21-19, 21-18.
The heartbreaking defeat extended the Malaysian world No. 3 pair's winless record against Weikeng-Wang Chang to three matches after they also came out second best in last year's French Open and Indonesian Masters.
In other matches, both Japan's top women's doubles pair, world No. 2 Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida and mixed doubles pair, world No. 3 Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino won the title without having to lift their rackets after their Chinese opponents (world No. 1 Chen Qincgchen-Jia Yifan and world No. 2 Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping) conceded walkovers.
In the women's singles, South Korea's world No. 4 An Se-young stunned Japan's world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi 15-21, 21-16, 21-12 to capture the title.
RESULTS (Malaysians unless stated)
Men's doubles: Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang (Chn) bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik 14-21, 21-19, 21-18.
Women's singles: An Se-young (Kor) bt Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) 15-21, 21-16, 21-12.
Women's doubles: Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida (Jpn) bt Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) (w.o.)
Mixed doubles: Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) bt Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) (w.o.)