With their campaign in the USD275,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries at Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi coming to an end on Thursday, Malaysian shuttlers have now switched their focus to the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur next week.
The defeat of women’s doubles pair of Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei in a second round match in the Indian Open on Thursday no Malaysians advanced to the quarter-finals. The top Malaysian pair fell to a 21-13, 23-21 defeat to Hong Kong’s Chan Tsz Ku-Tse Ying Suet in 37 minutes.
Earlier the mixed doubles pair of Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing was shown the exit when they lost to Indonesia’s Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emmanuelle Widjaja after a 64 minute battle.
Vivian Hoo-Khe Wei were expected to go far in the India Open. However, the Commonwealth Games and Sea Games gold medallists could not get the better of their Hong Kong opponents although they tried their best to force the match into a rubber after losing tamely in the first set 21-13.
With the defeat Vivian Hoo-Khe Wei have now switched their focus to next week’s Maybank Malaysian Superseries Premier which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from March 31-April 5. Their first round opponents in the Malaysian Open which carries a total prize money of USD500,000 are Thailand’s Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
Malaysia’s second pair in the women’s doubles is Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho whoi will meet the Dutch pair of Samantha Barning-Iris Tabeling in the first round.
Aik Quan-Pei Jing will also play in the Malaysian Open but they will have to go through the qualifying rounds first to earn a place in the main draw.