World Championships: Three Malaysians pairs check into third round
24 Aug 2023 12:17am
Women’s doubles pair, Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah cruised into the third round of the 2023 World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen, today - FILE PIX
Pearly-Thinaah, who received a bye in the opening round, overcame Scottish duo, Julie Macpherson-Ciara Torrance, 21-15, 21-10 in the second round of the tournament held at the Royal Arena.
The tenth seeded pair will lock horns against Japanese duo, Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara after the fourth seeds swept aside Austria’s Serena Au Yeong-Katharina Hochmeir, 21-11, 21-5 in straight sets.
Meanwhile, another national pair, Anna Ching Yik Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing’s hopes of qualifying for the next round was dashed by Thailand’s eighth seeded pair Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai who emerged with a 21-13, 21-11 win.
In the meantime, national mixed doubles pair Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei stormed into the next round as they took just 36 minutes to dispose Reginald Lee Chun Hei-Ng Tsz Yau of Hong Kong, 21-19, 21-9 in straight sets.
The 14th seeded duo are set to face seventh seeds, Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue next after the French pair dispatched Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith from England, 21-18, 21-13.
However, professional duo, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing’s interest in the world meet ended as they were sent home packing by Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran of Thailand, 15-21, 18-21.
Onto the men’s doubles action, professional pair, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi had to dig deep into their reserves to overcome unseeded Thai pair, Pharanyu Kaosamaang-Worrapol Thongsa-Nga, 21-16, 18-21, 21-12 in a deciding set.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi, seeded seventh, will determine a slot in the last eight against the winner of the other second round tie between Kim Astrup-Anders Rasmussen from Denmark or Scotland’s Alexander Dunn-Adam Hall - BERNAMA
Hon Thien How, the national women's doubles head coach, stressed the normalcy of ups and downs in doubles partnerships. - FILE PIX by Bernama
Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh when met by reporters after the signing of an MoU between UiTM and the National Sports Council at the Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Chancellery building, today. - Photo by Bernama