Thien How-Amelia shock Olympic champs

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian mixed doubles pair of Hoon Thien How-Amelia Anscelly earned a lucky win to the second round of the Taiwan Open after shocking Olympic champions Lee Yong-dae-Lee Hyo-jung of South Korea 21-16, 23-21 yesterday.

Yong-dae is believed to be struggling with a hand injury and the Malaysian pair took advantage to chalk the upset win over the top seeded Koreans.

Yong-dae later pulled out of the men’s doubles competition, where he and partner Jung Jae-sung is the top seeds. The win ensures that Malaysia will have a representative in the last eight of the mixed doubles competition as Thien How-Amelia will be playing team-mates Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in the second round today.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying defeated Taiwan’s Yen-jui-Shin Han-hung 21-17, 17-21, 21-14 in the first round yesterday.

In the men’s doubles, last month’s Thailand Open champions Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah lost to Danes Rasmus Andersen-Mikkel Larsen 21-16, 21-23, 23-25.

Wong Choong Hann led five other Malaysian singles players into the second round yesterday.

Choong Hann defeated Taiwan’s Hsuan Yi-hsueh 21-19, 21-12 while Beryno overcame Taiwan’s Tsai Hsin-wu 21-16, 22-20.

Tan Chun Sean was the only Malaysian singles shuttler not to clear his first round hurdle. He was unfortunate to be drawn against top seed Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia and lost 21-15, 11-21, 15-21.

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