Good start for men's doubles challenge


Malaysia men’s doubles shuttlers Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun posing for photograph after winning over Taiwan’s Chiang Chien-wei-Wu Hsuan-yi during the qualifying round of Malaysian Masters at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a good day in the men's doubles when four home pairs made it into the second round of the Malaysian Masters on Tuesday (May 21).

Last year's runners-up Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun led the charge with a 22-20, 21-12 win over Taiwan's Chiang Chien-wei-Wu Hsuan-yi in the opening round at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.

World No. 20 Wei Chong-Kai Wun will next face teammates and rising youngsters Choong Hon Jian-Mohd Haikal Nazri.

The world No. 27 held their nerves to overcome another Malaysian pair Tan Wee Kiong-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub 22-20, 21-19.

Fellow youngsters Yap Roy King-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi are also through to the second round after ousting China's China’s Xie Haonan-Zeng Weihan 21-16, 21-12 and will take on Taiwan's world No. 12 Lee Jhe-huei-Yang Po-hsuan next.

World No. 14 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani were also in commanding form when they beat independent pair Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong 21-11, 21-19.

Sze Fei-Izzuddin will likely meet Thailand's world No. 42 Peeratchai Sukphun-Pakkapon Teeraratsakul in the second round.

Meanwhile, world No. 4 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik will play their first round match against South Korean qualifiers Kim Young-hyuk-Wang Chan on Wednesday (May 22).

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