Olympic debutants Aaron-Wooi Yik storm into quarter-finals

National men's badminton squad Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik against the Canadian men's squad Nyl Kiyoshi Yakura and Jason Anthony Ho-Shue during Group D match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Mushashino Sports Plaza today. --fotoBERNAMA (2021) COPYRIGHTS RESERVED
27/07/2021 11:03 PM

TOKYO, July 27 -- National men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik produced a storming performance to trounce Canada’s Jason Ho-Shue-Nyl Yakura 21-15, 21-13 and qualify for the last eight in style tonight.

World number nine Aaron-Wooi Yik were in their element, producing powerful smashes and flicks, to overcome the Canadian world number 32 in just 33 minutes in their final Group D match at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza here.

Going into the match knowing they had to win to make the last eight, the Malaysians, who lost 16-21, 19-21 to three-time world champions Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the second match yesterday, played with more urgency to stay in total control for an emphatic straight-game win.

Aaron-Wooi Yik had earlier made their Olympic debut by beating South Korea's Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae 22-24, 15-21 on Saturday (July 24).

Earlier, second seeds Ahsan-Hendra defeated the Koreans 21-12, 19-21, 21-18 in another match to top Group  D by winning all their three matches.

Aaron-Wooi Yik, the 2019 SEA Games champions, finished second in the group with two wins and one defeat.

The quarter-finals are scheduled to be held on Thursday (July 29).

Aaron-Wooi Yik face an acid test in the quarter-finals as they’ve been drawn against world number one Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

There’s more bad news. The Malaysians have not defeated the top seeds in all seven meetings since their first encounter in the 2018 Malaysia Open. The two pairs last met in the 2020 All England, with Aaron-Wooi Yik losing 17-21,19-21.