Aaron-Wooi Yik finally crack the code to topple Chinese pair


PETALING JAYA: National men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik exacted sweet revenge over China’s Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang after showing them the exit in the second round of the Indonesian Masters.

Reigning world champions Aaron-Wooi Yik came into the match having never beaten the Chinese pair in three meetings including in the recent Indian Open final.

Yesterday, the world No. 2 pair stayed composed to finally turn the tables on the world No. 7 with a 22-20, 21-13 victory at Istora Senayan in Jakarta.

“We studied their game well and played a patient game today (yesterday) and it paid off,” said Aaron.

“We were also calmer and used our past experience of playing against them well.”

Aaron-Wooi Yik will next take on world No. 21 He Jiting-Zhou Haodong of China for a place in the semi-finals.Coach Tan Bin Shen has urged his charges to remain focused.

“It’s important for Aaron-Wooi Yik to stay focused. They need to prepare well mentally and physically to face the other Chinese pair,” said Bin Shen.

Aaron-Wooi Yik hold a slight advantage over Jiting-Haodong after coming out on top in three games in their only encounter so far at the 2022 Asian Championships.

Meanwhile, women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah are also through to the last eight after beating fellow Malaysians Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 21-13, 21-16 and will next meet either South Korea’s Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong or Chinese scratch pair Li Wenmei-Liu Xuanxuan.

In the mixed doubles, independent pair and world No. 7 Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie booked their spot in the quarter-finals after defeating Denmark’s world No. 32 Mathias Thyrri-Amalie Magelund 21-19, 21-16 but have a tough task against world No. 5 Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue of France next.

In the men’s singles, world No. 28 Ng Tze Yong’s run came to an end when he went down fighting 21-19, 8-21, 17-21 to India’s world No. 12 Lakshya Sen in the second round.

On Wednesday, Independent player Lee Zii Jia defeated Taiwanese qualifier Lin Chun-yi 21-18, 21-17 to move into the second round to set-up a meeting against Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long. .

Angus defeated world No. 47 Cheam June Wei with a 21-6, 21-15 win in the first round.

FINAL ROUND RESULTS

(Malaysians only)

Men’s singles: Lee Zii Jia bt Lin Chun-yi (Tpe) 21-18, 21-17; Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) bt Cheam June Wei 21-6, 21-15.

Mixed doubles: Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing bt Jones Jansen-Linda Efler (Ger) 21-10, 21-10.

Second round

Men’s singles: Lakshya Sen (Ind) bt Ng Tze Yong 19-21, 21-8, 21-17.

Men’s doubles: Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik bt Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang (Chn) 22-20, 21-13.

Women’s doubles: Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah bt Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 21-13, 21-16.

Mixed doubles: Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Mathias Thyrri-Amalie Magelund (Den) 21-19, 21-16

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