Simply miserable – no two Weis about it

PETALING JAYA: The Swiss Open has turned out to be another miserable outing for two Weis - Cheam June Wei and Goh Jin Wei.

Independent shuttler June Wei suffered another early blow when he collapsed in a 12-21, 17-21 defeat to national player Ng Tze Yong in the second round in Basel on Thursday.

He has beaten Tze Yong in the Indonesian Masters last October but this year, he could not find ways to snuff out the fire in the former.

With the defeat, world No. 41 June Wei has failed to clear the early rounds of any international tournament so far this year.

Tze Yong will be out to keep his good momentum going when he takes on Taiwan’s world No. 6 Chou Tien-chen next.

It will be a third consecutive appearance in the last eight for the ever-improving Tze Yong, who also reached the same stage in the Thailand Masters in January and All-England recently.

The 22-year-old had stunned Denmark’s world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen in the second round of the All-England in Birmingham before losing to eventual champion Li Shifeng of China.

Meanwhile, it was heartbreak for Jin Wei, who was forced to retire from her match against Thailand’s world No. 11 Pornpawee Chochuwong when she was 4-13 down due to exhaustion.

World No. 29 Jin Wei is still finding her way back to full fitness after undergoing colectomy surgery in 2019.

With Jin Wei’s elimination, Malaysia’s challenge in the women’s singles in Basel is over.


(Malaysians only)

Second round

Men’s singles: Ng Tze Yong bt Cheam June Wei 21-12, 21-17.

Men’s doubles: Akira Koga-Taichi Saito (Jpn) bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik 17-21, 21-16, 21-17.

Women’s singles: Pornpawee Chochuwong (Tha) bt Goh Jin Wei 13-4, (ret).

Women’s doubles: Baek Ha-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) bt Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 13-21, 21-16, 21-12.

Mixed doubles: Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei bt He Jiting-Du Yue (Chn) 11-21, 21-14, 21-14; Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Chiu Hsiang-chieh-Lin Xiao-min (Tpe) 21-15, 14-21, 21-14.

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