Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik gained sweet revenge over Denmark’s No 8 seeds Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen to reach the men’s doubles quarter-finals in the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open on Thursday.
The Malaysians who moved up two rungs to be ranked No 12 in the world swept to a straight game 21-15, 21-13 win in 33 minutes to make up for their second-round defeat to the Danes in the French Open three weeks ago.
Aaron-Wooi Yik faces China’s No 3 seeds Liu Junhui-Liu Yu Chen fora place in the last four after the Chinese pair advanced without lifting their racquet in the second round when Japan’s Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi conceded a walkover.
Malaysia’s second pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi also made the quarter-finals with an upset 21-19, 21-14 win over Indonesian fifth seeds Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto in 40 minutes. In the quarter-finals, they take on Korea’s Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung Jae.
Also through to the quarter-finals is mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie. In the second round, the Malaysians beat Japan’s Kohei Gendo-Ayane Kurihara 21-14, 21-18 for a last-eight clash against Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
However, Malaysian professionals Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, the sixth seeds, crashed out in the second round in the mixed doubles. The Rio Olympic silver medallists were beaten 22-20, 21-15 by home favorites Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet.
Also making the exit was Liew Daren in the men’s singles. The Malaysian professional went down 14-21, 16-21 to seventh seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. RIZAL ABDULLAH