Malaysia Open: Smashing start for Aaron-Wooi Yik

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KUALA LUMPUR – National top men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik exacted revenge for their second-round loss in the 2021 Denmark Open at the hands of Akira Koga-Taichi Saito by eliminating the Japanese pair in the opening round of the 2022 Malaysia Open Badminton Championships today.

Fifth seeds Aaron-Wooi Yik overcame some nervy moments to beat the unseeded Japanese pair 21-18 in the opening game.

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games bronze medallists then closed out the match with a 21-19 win in the second game, to level their head-to-head score at 1-1.

Aaron-Wooi Yik will meet Terry Hee Yong Kai-Loh Kean Hean in the second round tomorrow for a place in the last eight.

The Singaporean pair had earlier seen off South Korea’s Kang Min Hyuk-Seo Seung Jae 21-14, 21-19.

Meanwhile, Aaron was delighted to avenge their 19-21, 13-21 loss in Denmark last year and was raring to make Terry-Kean Hean their next victims in this tournament.

Although a few high-profile shuttlers have been sent packing in the tournament, Wooi Yik believed they can avoid a similar fate, especially in tomorrow’s action.

Women’s singles top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and world number three mixed doubles pair Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino, also from Japan, were among the notable first-round casualties so far.

“We are not worried. The important thing is for us to upset other players,” Wooi Yik told reporters at the mixed zone after the match today.