Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik were dealt a blow in their second men’s doubles group encounter against Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan after succumbing to a 16-21, 19-21 loss at the 2020 Olympic Games on Monday.
The Malaysians needed a victory to book their quarter-finals berth but failed to overcome the world number two pair whom they beat only once in their seven previous meetings.
Ahsan-Hendra, who also beat the pair at the 2019 All-England final, were aggressive from the opening serve and raced to a 13-8 in the first game.
The Malaysians did well to level the score, but the relentless pressure their opponents put them under, especially from their serves, was too much and it told as they went on to lose 15-21.
Chia-Soh looked to have got a grip in the second game as they led 11-6 in the second game, but again the Indonesians used all of their experience to come away with a straight game victory.
The world number nine pair now must win their final game against Canadians Jason Anthony-Nyl Yakura, and hope for a favour from their opponents to defeat South Koreans Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae.
Ahsan-Hendra will play in the afternoon session on Tuesday, while the Malaysians are in action late in the evening.
In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying exited the Tokyo Olympics with a whimper after losing 13-21, 19-21 to Chinese second seeds Wang Yi Lyu-Huang Dong Ping.
Chan’s broken racquet strings while returning a shot as the Chinese were at match point in the second game summed up their forgettable campaign.
The 2016 silver medalists were expected to make the quarter-finals despite being drawn into a challenging group, but they ended their campaign bottom of Group D after losing all their matches.
Their journey in Tokyo was not helped by an injury to Goh in the first game against Hong Kong pair Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet, which derailed her movement and agility significantly.