The hope of the two national men's doubles for a place in the final of the PETRONAS Malaysia Open 2022 came to an end in the semi-finals of the championship earlier today at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil.
Top men's doubles Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik fell a little short against the Japanese pair of Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi, when they conceded to a straight set 21-23, 9-21 loss.
Aaron-Wooi Yik was able to match their opponents point for point in the first set where at one juncture was even in the lead.
But the Japanese duo was not about to make it easy for the hometown lads when they made a late surge for the 23-21 win.
Several mistakes into the second set was not exactly what Aaron-Wooi Yik wanted against the tournament’s second seeded side as Takuro-Yugo then wrapped things up in 41 minutes and a place in the final tomorrow.
“We made a lot of mistakes especially at important junctures when in deuce. We tried to bounce back in the second set but the Japanese pair were already so confident of winning the match,” Aaron said.
“The loss in the first set resulted in things not turning up well in the second. It was our fault for failing in putting up a harder resistance,” Wooi Yik said.
Meanwhile, another national doubles Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Mohd Rumsani had to acquiesced to the high level play of Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia.
The national pair ranked 12th in the world is clearly not a match for the tournament’s sixth seeded Alfian-Muhammad Rian, who dominated the match to reach the final with a 21-14, 21-12 win.
“We have to blame ourselves for the so many individual mistakes,” Sze Fei said.
Meanwhile, BAM's doubles Director of Coaching, Rexy Mainaky clearly could not hide his disappointment with the mentality of the national players.
“They made a lot of simple mistakes. They think too much during important matches like in the semifinals. They need to change this aspect,” Rexy said.