It was a good day for Malaysia in men’s doubles, with four pairs progressing into the second round. Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik held off a strong challenge from He Ji Ting/Zhou Hao Dong, 18-21 21-12 21-18. Also progressing were Goh Sze Fei/Nur Izzuddin, Man Wei Chong/Tee Kai Wun and Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi.
Mixed Doubles Thriller
The closest and most exciting match of the day saw Malaysia’s Hoo Pang Ron/Cheah Yee See falter at the end of an hour-long thriller against China’s Feng Yan Zhe/Lin Fang Ling. It was neck-and-neck all the way in the third, with the Chinese managing to overcome a one-point deficit at the end to take the match 21-23 21-12 22-20.
China have arrived with a formidable squad, with Olympic silver medallists Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong once again back together as a pair. The top seeds eased into the second round and will face Indonesia’s Adnan Maulana/Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso for a place in the quarterfinals.
Olympic champions and third seeds Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping had an easier time in their opening round, and face Malaysian duo Chen Tang Jie/Peck Yen Wei next.