The victory was tough and certainly, there were no over-zealous celebrations soon after as Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik made the cut alongside two other doubles into the quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships 2022 today at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Their 21-17, 21-19 win in the third round was not easily earned but the 100PLUS Amabassador’s victory over compatriot and 11th ranked duo of Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin must have evoked mixed emotions.
But whatever the case may be, Aaron-Wooi Yik led two other doubles into the quarterfinals of the World Championships to continue to keep the Malaysian flag flying.
Eighth seeded mixed doubles pair of Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing were all business when they beat Kyohei Yamashita-Naru Shinoya of Japan 21-12, 21-14 in a 41-minute encounter.
But their opponent in the next round will be a whole different kettle of fish when they face up to top-ranked Chinese pair of Zheng Si Wei-Huang Ya Qiong.
Another mixed doubles pair of Goh Soon Huat- Shevon Lai Jemie were also on the winning track when they disposed of seventh seeded Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue of France, 21-16, 21-4.
The 11th seeded Malaysians took 38 minutes to finish the job and they will now take on the third seeded Japanese duo of Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino in the quarterfinals.
In the meantime, Malaysian top men’s singles Lee Zii Jia fell to unheralded Zhao Jun Peng from China 19-21, 21-11, 19-21 to end his campaign in the third round.
BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022
RESULTS – THIRD ROUND (Malaysians first)
Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin (MAS) 21-17, 21-19
Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing bt Kyohei Yamashita-Naru Shinoya (JPN) 21-12, 21-14
Goh Soon Huat- Shevon Lai Jemie bt Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue (FRA) 21-16, 21-4
Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah lost to Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida (JPN) 16-21, 16-21
Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien lost to Lee So Hee-Shin Seung Chan (KOR) 13-21, 16-21
Lee Zii Jia lost to Zhao Jun Peng (CHN) 19-21, 21-11, 19-21