SEA Games gold medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik halted World No. 10 Goh V. Shem-Tan Wee Kiong’s campaign at the very first round of the Perodua Malaysia Masters 2020 presented by Daihatsu but faced arduous tasks of getting past into round two at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil here, tomorrow.
In today’s round one, the Aaron-Soh brushed aside compatriot and Olympic silver medallist Goh-Tan in a closely fought and aggressive match which saw the former winning in straight sets of 21-19, 21-18 in 33 minutes.
“It was a tough match but we stick to our game plan as we now each other too well. Moving on, we’ll have to focus on or next match which will likely, barring any upsets, be against the world number one Marcus-Kevin Sanjaya,” said Aaron, adding that they lost in their previous three meetings against the Indonesia ace pair.
Malaysia will have another two pairs in the second round with former national pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yin making it into round two after defeating India’s Satwicksairaj Rankireddy-Chirg Shetty in three sets of 21-15, 18-21, 21-15.
Malaysia’s other pair Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izuddin will square off against Korean pair Kim Duk Yong-Kim Sa Rang who earlier downed Malaysia’s Shia Chun Kang-Tan Boon Heong in the qualification round.
Liew Daren, last year’s semifinalist, will accompany compatriot Lee Zia in the men’s singles second round challenge tomorrow after winning his two qualifying round matches against India’s Subhankar Dey and China’s Zhao Jun Peng. Malaysia’s other singles hopeful Soong Joo Ven however, failed to get into the main draw after losing out to Japan’s Koki Watanabe 21-16, 16-21, 21-11 in is second qualifying match.
In the women’s doubles, Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling, Anna Ching Yik Cheon-Lim Chew Sien and Pearly Tan-Thinaah Muralitharan made it into the main draw. However, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean and Vivian Ho-Yap Cheng Wen were shown the exit after losing to their opponents in the first round.
The mixed doubles challenge will see six Malaysian pair in the first round tomorrow (Wednesday) with world number 6 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying leading the pack against compatrior Low Hang Yee-Lim Chew Sin.
Eighth-ranked Shevon Lai-Goh Soon Huat will square off against China’s He Ji Ting-Du Yue while qualifier Man Wei Chong-Pearly Tan meets fifth seed Praveen Jordan-Melati daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia.
The Perodua Malaysia Masters presented by Daihatsu is a Super 500 event offering a total prize purse of USD400,000. The tournament ends 12 January.