China Open – hopes in men’s and mixed doubles

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It was another beating for Malaysian youngsters Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi when the All-England runners-up crashed out in the first round in the men’s doubles in the USD1 Million Victor China Open in Changzhou on Wednesday.

The Malaysians went out to Japan’s No 4 seeds Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe 14-21, 17-21 in 34 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium.

Also out in the first round was Soniia Cheah in the women’s singles when she was tamed 21-9, 21-6 by former world No 1 and second seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

However, another Malaysian pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi joined professionals Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong in the second round. Yew Sin-Ee Yi came through a 20-22, 21-13, 21-13 win over Koreans Kim Gi Jung-Lee Yong Dae in 55 minutes.

For a place in the quarter-finals, the Malaysians will be up against Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen. The Danes beat Lee Jhe Huei-Yang Po Hsuan of Chinese Taipei 21-14, 21-11.

In the mixed doubles, two Malaysian pairs advanced to the second round. No 5 seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying beat Ko Sung Hyun-Eom Hye Won of Korea 21-16, 21-10 to face Indonesians Tontowi Ahmad-Winny Oktavina Kandow for a place in the last eight.

Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie was taken the full distance before prevailing 21-13, 16-21, 26-24 in a 55-minute encounter against Thailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphuapet-Savitree Amitrapai.

They face England’s No 8 seeds Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith in the second round.

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