Malaysian Open: Aaron Chia-Wooi Yik triumphs against “The Daddies” and secures a place in the semi-finals

With overwhelming support from the home fans at Axiata Arena, fifth-seeded Aaron Chia-Wooi Yik was indeed in fine form throughout the first set as he sealed a comfortable 21-13 win. — photo by Bernama

Friday 01 Jul 2022 23:10 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 — National men’s doubles number one Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik beat Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan to advance to the Malaysian Open 2022 last four here today.

With overwhelming support from home fans at Axiata Arena, fifth-seeded Aaron-Wooi Yik was indeed in fine form throughout the first set as he sealed a comfortable 21-13 victory.

However, luck was not on Aaron-Wooi Yik’s side as a number of unforced errors gave the third-seeded Indonesian pair a lifeline as ‘The Daddies’ returned to the game with a narrow 22-20 victory.

The fans were treated to another close fight in the decider, but Aaron-Wooi Yik, ranked sixth best in the world, kept his composure to seal the tie, 21-19, which the home fans cheered on.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze medalist will face Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi who overpowered second seeds Choi Sol yu-Kim Won Ho of South Korea, 21-14, 21-23, 21-14 in the eight last matches.

The result means Aaron-Wooi Yik has won back-to-back wins over Ahsan-Hendra since beating them to clinch bronze at Tokyo 2020 last year, but the Indonesian has still retained the lead in a record 7-3 head-to-head.

Meanwhile, Aaron said it was always a close fight against Ahsan-Hendra but he was happy to survive the stern test against the current world number three combination.

“It’s not easy to beat them because they also took easy points from us but the fans gave us the advantage,” he told reporters after the game.

However, it was the end of the road for the Malaysian professional duo, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi as they were toothless against another Indonesian pair, Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

The sixth seeds took just 33 minutes to get rid of the Malaysians, 21-13, 21-9.

Meanwhile, Yew Sin admitted letting his opponents slow their pace which destroyed their chance to enter the last four tomorrow.

Ee Yi, meanwhile, rated his performance in this tournament a six out of 10 and vowed to focus on his challenge at the Malaysia Masters next week.

Alfian-Muhammad Rian will determine a final berth against another national pair, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani.

Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin put on a sparkling display to defeat China’s Liu Yu Chen-Ou Xuan Yi, 21-11, 22-20 The last time a home pair reached the semi-finals of the tournament was in the 2014 edition by Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah, who finally became champion after beating China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei, 21-19, 21-18. — Bernama

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