National youngster S. Kisona was among the seven Malaysians who advanced to the second round of the Toyota Thailand Open 2021 that started today at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Kisona, who was the 2019 SEA Games gold medallist, scored a straight-set 21-10, 21-7 victory over Egyptian Doha Hany in her first-round tie today.

The 22-year-old lass will take the sixth-seeded Pusarla V Sindhu from India in the second round tomorrow.

However, another national women’s singles player Soniia Cheah failed to make the cut to the next round when she fell to a 9-21, 14-21 loss to South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun.

In the men’s singles, Lee Zii Jia lost to India’s Sameer Verma in three sets 21-18, 25-27, 19-21.

On the other hand, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen started their campaign well in the women’s doubles when they recorded a straight-set victory over England’s Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith 21-14, 21-14.

The national men’s doubles were also on the winning trail as they confirmed their places to the second round.

Pegged as the tournament’s eighth seed, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik had no issues defeating the young Thai pair of Weeraphat Phakjarung-Wongsathorn Thongkham 21-10, 21-18.

“This victory will definitely inspire us to continue to excel in the next round,” said Soh Wooi Yik afterward.

Meanwhile, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi were forced to three sets before they were able to subdue the Thai duo of Nipitphon Phuangphuapet-Tanupat Viriyangkura 19-21, 21-13, 21-19.

Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong also advanced to the second round of the men’s doubles after their South Korean opponents Kim Gi Jung-Lee Yong Dae had to withdraw due to injury when the Malaysians were leading 6-2 in the first set.

A different fate befell young men’s doubles pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani when they could not get the better of Thailand’s Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren 21-13, 13-21, 17-21.

In the mixed doubles, Goh Soon Huat- Shevon Lai Jemie secured their slot to the second round after beating French duo Ronan Labar-Anne Tran 21-15, 21-15.

Also confirming their slot to the second round were Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying who overcame Jones Ralfy Jansen-Kilasu Ostermeyer of Germany in straight-set 21-13. 21-13.

Six other Malaysians will also play tomorrow in the second round of the Toyota Thailand Open including Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See.

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