National doubles duo, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, won their final group stage match and charged into the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles competition where they will come up against World No. 1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
Aaron-Wooi Yik, ninth ranked in the world, controlled the tie and concluded proceedings against Canadians Jason Ho-Shue-Nyl Yakura in just over 30 minutes, winning 21-15, 21-13. It was their second victory in the group which was enough to secure their place in the next round.
"There was not much pressure on us for today's match, but as with all matches, we always play our best and go all out. We are satisfied with our performance in the group stage.
On my part, there really isn't much to comment as it will be the same whoever our opponents are in the quarterfinals, whether it is Kevin and Marcus or any other pair. We will do our best and fight to the end against any opponent.
Tomorrow, we will train and discuss with our coaches what we need to do for the next match," said Aaron Chia
The Malaysians finished second in Group D behind Indonesia’s Mohamad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, who stumbled in the second set before battling back to claim the game. The world No. 2 partnership defeated South Korea’s Choi Solgyu-Seo Seungjae 21-12, 19-21, 21-18.
In the quarterfinal draw conducted soon after the last men’s doubles match tonight, Ahsan-Hendra were drawn to meet the Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda. The home nation’s leading pair of Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe meanwhile will battle it out with Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin while China’s Li Jun Hui-Liu Yu Chen will have Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Ander Skaarup Rasmussen for company.
In a Group A match today, Marcus-Kevin were stunned by Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin. Despite slipping up 18-21, 21-15, 17-21, the Indonesians, thanks to their two earlier victories, advanced to the quarterfinals as the group winners.