Early exit for newlyweds Soon Huat-Shevon in Thailand Open


Not good enough: Goh Soon Huat (left) and Shevon Lai Jemie lost to home pair Ruttanapak Oupthong-Jhenicha Sudjaipraparat in 56 minutes.

PETALING JAYA: Newlyweds Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the Thailand Open.

Soon Huat-Shevon, who were competing in their first tournament since their wedding ceremony just 11 days ago, went down 21-19, 17-21, 13-21 to home pair Ruttanapak Oupthong-Jhenicha Sudjaipraparat in 56 minutes in the mixed doubles in Bangkok yesterday.

The world No. 16 independent pair fought hard to win the opening game but could not maintain their performance in the next two games.

Soon Huat-Shevon will look to bounce back when they compete at home in the Malaysian Masters at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil next week.

Meanwhile, young pairs Yap Roy King-Valeree Siow and Choong Hon Jian-Go Pei Kee will play qualifiers in their respective first round matches today.

In the men’s doubles, national back-up pairs Chia Weijie-Liew Xun and Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe survived their respective qualifying round matches to make it into the tournament proper.

Weijie-Liew Xun will next take on homesters Pharanyu Kaosamaang-Worrapol Thongsanga in the first round while Chun Meng-Boon Zhe will face Denmark’s Daniel Lundgaard-Mads Vestergaard.

The other Malaysian pairs who will play in the opening round today are Choong Hon Jian-Mohd Haikal Nazri, Yap Roy King-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi, Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong, Goh V Shem-Boon Xin Yuan and Tan Wee Kiong-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub.

In the women’s singles, Wong Ling Ching suffered a disappointing 17-21, 21-9, 14-21 defeat at the hands of Taiwan’s Lin Sih-yun in the first qualifying round.

In the men’s singles, world No. 10 Lee Zii Jia is set to open his campaign today against China’s Lei Lanxi while Leong Jun Hao will face Taiwan’s Su Li-yang.

RESULTS

(Malaysians only)

First qualifying round

Men’s doubles: Chia Weijie-Liew Xun bt Shai Geffen-Adam Travinskiy (Isr) 21-6, 21-7; Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe bt A. Vimalraj-K. Mauryan (Ind) 21-4, 21-8.

Women’s singles: Lin Sih-yun (Tpe) bt Wong Ling Ching 21-17, 9-21, 21-14.

Second qualifying round

Men’s doubles: Chia Weijie-Liew Xun bt Phuwanat Horbanluekit-Tanokorn Meechai (Tha) 21-14, 18-21, 21-19; Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe bt Weeraphat Phakjarung-Tanupat Viriyangkura (Tha) 23-25, 21-16, 21-12.

First round

Mixed doubles: Ruttanapak Oupthong-Jhenicha Sudjaipraparat bt Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie 19-21, 21-17, 21-13.

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