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National badminton and men’s singles player Ng Tze Yong in action during the match against Canadian player Brian Yang in the 2022 Malaysia Masters, at Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur, on July 6, 2022. — Picture by BERNAMA

Singapore Open: Tze Yong, four mixed doubles pairs through to round two

SINGAPORE, July 13 — Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong showed nerves of steel to stage a magnificent fightback in the second game to upset world number 12 Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong 21 – 16, 21 – 17 and check into the second round of the Singapore Open 2022 badminton championships today.

Playing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, world number 48 Tze Yong deserves credit for not capitulating in the second game when he found himself trailing to the more experienced Ka Long, who was the losing finalist at the Malaysia Masters on Sunday.

After taking the first game 21 – 16 in just 20 minutes, the 28-year-old Ka Long stepped up a gear to give the 22-year-old Johor shuttler a run for his money in the second game.

Tze Yong, who will be Malaysia’s main hope in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, was forced to play catch-up as he trailed 13 – 15 before narrowing the gap at 15 – 16.

That proved to be the turning point for Tze Yong as he then turned on the style to surrender just one more point before storming home for a 21 – 17 win.

“I am happy as this is the first time I have beaten a top-ranked player. Hopefully, I can continue the winning momentum,” said Tze Yong.

His victory completed a successful early session of Day Two, with four of the seven national mixed doubles pairs also marching into the second round earlier.

National badminton players and young mixed doubles pair Chen Tang Jie (left) and Valeree Siow (right) in action during the match against Japanese players Yuki Kaneko dan Misaki Matsutomo at the 2022 Malaysia Open Badminton Championships in Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, on June 29, 2022. — Picture by BERNAMA

Chen Tang Jie – Valeree Siow got the ball rolling by downing New Zealand’s Oliver Leydon Davis – Anona Pak 21 – 14, 21 – 14 before debutants Hoo Pang Ron – Toh Ee Wei overcame a nervy start to beat Germany’s Jones Jansen-Linda Efler 23 – 21, 21 – 16.

“Yes, we were a bit shaky in the first game. The draught in the arena did not help either. Luckily, Ee Wei had no such problems as she was covering the net,” said Pang Ron.

In the second round, Pang Ron-Ee Wei will face Danish world number 13 Mathias Christiansen – Alexandra Boje while Tang Jie – Valeree will meet Hong Kong’s Reginald Lee – Ng Tsz Yau.

Christiansen – Alexandra had earlier ousted Singapore’s Terry Hee – Jessica Tan 21 – 18, 21 – 14 while Reginald-Tsz Yau had defeated Feng Yan Zhe – Lin Fang Ling of China 11 – 21, 21 – 13, 21 – 14.

Malaysia’s independent pair of Goh Soon Huat – Shevon Lai, meanwhile, marched into the second round without breaking a sweat after their Taiwanese opponents — Yang Po Hsuan – Hu Ling Fang — conceded a walkover.

The fourth Malaysian mixed doubles pair to check into the second round was Chan Peng Soon – Cheah Yee See, who disposed of compatriots Soong Joo Ven – Goh Liu Ying 21 – 14, 21 – 18.

Earlier, Chong Hong Jian – Peck Yen Wei found world champions Deachapol Puavaranukroh – Sapsiree Taerattanachai too hot to handle and fell 16 – 21,12 – 21 while Wong Tien Chi – Lim Chiew Sien also faced a similar fate, losing to Malaysia Masters finalists Rinov Rivaldy – Pitha Mentari of Indonesia 14 – 21, 16 – 21.

In men’s singles, Canadian Brian Yang capitalised on the withdrawal of world number one Viktor Axelssen by ousting newly-crowned Malaysia Masters winner Chico Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia 21 – 12, 21 – 17.

The Canadian will now meet China’s Zhao Jun Peng, who had earlier defeated Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradap 21 – 8, 21 – 9, for a berth in the quarter-finals.

— Bernama

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