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(from left to right) National badminton athletes and men’s doubles players Soh Wooi Yik and Aaron Chia in action during their match against Indonesia’s Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana, at the Japan Open 2023 in the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, on July 27, 2023. — Picture by FACEBOOK/BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA – BAM

Aaron – Wooi Yik sole survivors at Japan Open

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — National men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia – Soh Wooi Yik are the sole Malaysian representatives to get into the Japan Open badminton championship quarter-finals, as the rest of the shuttlers were shown the exit.

The reigning world champions Chia – Soh just needed 24 minutes to dispose of world number 14 Muhammad Shohibul Fikri – Bagas Maulana of Indonesia 21 – 12, 21 – 10 in the second round at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.

The world number four will be challenged by home favourites Takuro Hoki – Yugo Kobayashi, who beat Ren Xiang Yu – Tang Qiang of China 21 – 11, 23 – 21, in the battle for semi-finals, tomorrow.

In the men’s singles Ng Tze Yong, who stunned 2021 world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore yesterday, suffered a setback against world number 33 Koki Watanabe of Japan.

Watanabe, who stunned compatriot and two-time world champion Kento Momota yesterday, continued his progress by beating the world number 21 Ng, 21 – 17, 21 – 14.

The 24-year-old is set to clash against Lakshya Sen of India, who ousted the hosts’ Kanta Tsuneyama 21 – 14, 21 – 16, in the quarter-finals, tomorrow.

Meanwhile, women’s doubles aces Pearly Tan – M. Thinaah, ranked 11th in the world, suffered another defeat against world number one Chinese duo Chen Qing Chen – Jia Yi Fan, just a week after their Korea Open second-round heartbreak.

This time, the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games champions went down in straight sets of 15 – 21, 13 – 21 to hand the Chinese their fifth win in as many matches.

Mixed doubles pair Chen Tang Jie – Toh Ee Wei also faced a similar fate, as they were beaten 11 – 21, 13 – 21 by world number one Chinese pair Zheng Si Wei – Huang Ya Qiong.

— Bernama

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