# V Shem-Wee Kiong advance to second round
# Peng Soon-Liu Ying fall in mixed doubles
# Kien Keat-Boon Heong also tumble
National No 1 pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong were the only ones to bring some cheer in the USD120,000 Yonex German Open in Mulheim on the first day of the championships on Wednesday.
The Malaysians cleared the first hurdle with a 21-17, 21-16 win over homesters Raphael Back-Peter Kaesbauer 21-17, 21-16 in only 30 minutes.
However, the battle starts in the second round on Thursday when V Shem-Wee Kiong face second seeds and world No 5 pair Chai Biao-Hong Wei who downed the Croatian pair of Zvonimir Durkinjak-Zvonimir Hoelbling 21-13, 21-13.
Privateers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong stumbled at the first hurdle when they failed to get past third seeds and world No 7 Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa 21-18, 21-14 in 35 minutes.
It was also the end of the road for Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying who suffered a surprised first round exit. The Malaysians lost to unheralded Robert Mateusiak-Nadziezda Zieba of Poland who won 21-19, 21-14 in 37 minutes.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying were seeded seventh and were expected to go far in the German Open. Their best so far this year was reaching the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters Grand Prix Gold in Bangkok last month.
The Malaysian pair lost 21-17, 21-15 to Chian’s Zhang Siwei-Chen Qingchen in the final.
Peng Soon-Liu Ying also reached the semi-finals in the Malaysian Masters GP Gold in Penang in January while in the Syed Modi International Championship in Hyderabad they lost in the quarter-finals.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS (Malaysians only)
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) beat Raphael Beck-Peter Kaesbauer (Ger) 21-17, 21-16
Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) beat Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) 21-18, 21-14
Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba (Pol) beat Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-19, 21-14