Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying finally ended their seven-month long winless streak after earning a resilient 21-19, 21-19 victory over India’s Dhruv Kapila-Reddy N.Sikki at the French Open.
The Malaysians’ 35-minute victory was a welcomed relieve for the much maligned pair, who did not win a single match at the Tokyo Olympics, and went on to lose their first round match at the Denmark Open last week.
Chan-Goh will next face Japan’s Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo in the second round.
Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai joined them in the next round after they beat Australia’s Oliver Leydon-Davis-Anona Park 21-9, 21-12 to set-up a meet against Russians Rodion Alimov-Alina Davletova.
In the men’s doubles, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi battled for 70 minutes before overcoming Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin 22-24, 22-20, 21-17 in an all-Malaysian affair.
Ong-Teo will next play England’s Callum Hemming-Steven Stallwood for a place in the quarter-finals.
Scratch pairing Tan Wee Kiong-Tan Kian Meng did not get their partnership off to a winning start after they lost 18-21, 15-21 to Germany's Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidil.
In the women’s doubles, Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien also lost 12-21, 14-21 against Denmark’s Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen.
The rest of the national shuttlers will be in action on Wednesday.
Lee Zii Jia opens his campaign against Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, while Kian Peng-Lai Pei Jing face Danish pair Jeppe Bay-Sara Lundgaard in the mixed doubles.
There is another all-Malaysian affair in the men’s doubles as Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen are up against fourth seeds Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik.
In the women’s doubles, eighth seeds Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah face Jessica Hopton-Jessica Pugh, while Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen take on Mariia Stoliarenko-Yelyzaveta Zharka.