Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik’s bid for their first title together in the India International Challenge was halted by the experience of their Thailand counterparts, Maneepong Jongjit & Nanthakarn Yordpaisong.
On Sunday, the young guns put up a laboured effort but were ultimately undone by the composed performance of their opponents 6-21 9-21 at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
National coach, Rosman Razak conceded that the pressure of performing in the final was overwhelming for the pair but was pleased with the overall performance of the odds-defying shuttlers.
"Overall, they played well with exception to the final match. Considering that this is their second tournament together, it is a good start for them.
"They were visibly feeling the pressure of playing their first final match while the opponents were good at controlling the match. Maneepong’s experience made it harder.
"This pair definitely has the potential to go far provided that they keep their commitment to training. I’ll handover their performance report to Cheah Soon Kit for further action and also to plan for their future,” Rosman enthused to www.bam.org.my.
In mixed doubles, both of the country's pair - Chen Tang Jie-Goh Liu Ying and Pang Ron Hoo-Peck Yen Wei lost to their respective Hong Kong opponents in the semifinals.
Tang Jie-Liu Ying’s title winning form which saw them seal India International Series in Hyderabad last week diminished against Chang Tak Ching-Ng Wing Yung 16-21 15-21 while Ron Hoo-Yen Wei lost to Mak Hee Chun-Yeung Nga Ting 12-21 22-24.
World no 132, Soo Teck Zhi meanwhile was defeated by second seed, Abhishek Yelegar of India 12-21 22-24 in the men’s singles quarterfinals.
In Korea Masters, Malaysia’s assault at the title came to an end after sole surviving pair, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean lost in a gruelling women’s doubles semifinal battle 21-14 7-21 12-21 to South Korea’s Kim So Yeong-Kong Hee Yong at Yeomju Gymnasium, Gwangju on Saturday.