Aaron-Wooi Yik, Tze Yong lose but good day for Yew Sin-Ee Yi


Fall short: Malaysian doubles players Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik lose in the second round of the Japan Masters. S.S.Kanesan/The Star.

PETALING JAYA: Professional doubles players Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi are through to the quarter-finals of the Japan Masters but it was the end of the road for Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Ng Tze Yong in Kumamoto on Thursday.

World No. 11 Yew Sin-Ee Yi went the distance to beat qualifiers Pharanyu Kaosamaang-Worrapol Thongsa-nga of Thailand 14-21, 21-15, 21-15 in the second round at the Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium.

They will next face the winners of the match between Taiwanese pairs - Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han and Fang Chih-lee-Fang Jen-lee.

Former world champions Aaron-Wooi Yik went down 18-21, 16-21 to Japan's Akira Koga-Taichi Saito in the second round. It was the Malaysians third defeat in six meetings against them.

In the men's singles, Tze Yong gave a good performance before going down 22-20, 11-21, 18-21 to top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah continued their fine showing when they defeated Rui Hirokami-Yuna Kato of Japan 21-17, 21-16 to set up a meeting with another Japanese pair Rena Miyaura-Ayako Sakuramoto next.

There was double joy in the mixed doubles as both Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing advanced to the last eight.

Tang Jie-Ee Wei beat professionals Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie 16-21, 21-13, 21-13 and will play top seeds Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong of China for a place in the semi-finals.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing will take on second seeds Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan in quarters after beating South Koreans Kim Wan-ho-Jeong Na-eum 21-14, 21-17.

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