Swiss Open: Most Malaysians through to round two as Soniia sent packing

By Nicolas Anil 4 March 2021 195
Swiss Open: Most Malaysians through to round two as Soniia sent packing

Most of the Malaysian contingent won their first round matches on day two of the Swiss Open to progress in the second round on Thursday, including Lee Zii Jia and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik.

Lee only needed 37 minutes to brush aside Russian Sergey Sirant 21-12, 21-14, and would face Danish youngster Victor Svendsen in round two.

The second seed is expected to progress far in this competition with the absence of big name shuttlers, and if all goes well, should face top seed Viktor Axelsen in the final.

Soong Joo Ven and Liew Daren, however, failed to join Lee in the next round.

In the men’s doubles, top seeds Chia-Soh beat Kiwi pair Oliver Leydon-Davis-Abhinav Manota 21-13, 21-15 to set up a meeting against Danish duo Jeppe Bay-Lasse Mølhede.

They were joined by three other national pairs in Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong and Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Of all the pairs, Low-Ng have the toughest assignment as they are up against fourth seeds Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge.

In the women's doubles, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean comfortably eased into the next round after beating English pair Jessica Hopton-Jenny Moore 21-18, 21-13.

The world number 10 pair are in good form after two semi-finals showings in Bangkok, and should be confident of making the last eight when they take on Germans Linda Efler-Isabel Herttrich.

Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah also came through against their Austrian opponents and play Russians Anastasiia Akchurina-Olga Morozova in the next round.

Soniia Cheah, the country’s sole representative in the women’s singles, faltered after a 21-15, 13-21, 16-21 defeat to Germany’s Yvonne Li.

Cheah had been dropped by the Badminton Association of Malaysia due to her poor performance in Bangkok, and this loss only looks to justify the national body’s decision after another limp defeat.

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