Chia-Soh stun World No. 5

KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles pair, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik pulled off a major upset by knocking out world number five, Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia en route to book their place in the quarter-finals of China Open Badminton Tournament in Fuzhou, China, Thursday.

The unseeded pair, however, had to dig deep into their reserves before scoring a 13-21, 21-18 and 21-16 win in the second round which lasted about 49 minutes at Haixia Sports Olympic Center, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website,

National mixed doubles pair, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai also cruised to the last eight after edging another Indonesian pair, Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas Mentari, 23-21 and 21-13 in another second round match.

National women’s doubles pair, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean also advanced to the next round after scoring a 21-17 and 21-12 victory against unheralded Russian pair, Ekaterina Bolotova-Alina Davletova.

Meanwhile, national top-ranked player, Lee Zii Jia decided to withdraw while trailing 3-11 in the second game against world number one, Kento Momota of Japan after picking up an injury. Momota won the opening set 21-9.


(Notes:All Malaysian unless stated and [   ] denotes seeding)

Men’s Singles:

[1] Kento Momota (JPN) bt Lee Zii Jia (Momota won the match after Zii Jia decided to pull out in the second set)

Men’s Doubles:

[4] Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (JPN) bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Mohd Rumsani 22-20, 21-18

Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik bt [5] Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (INA) 13-21, 21-18, 21-16

Women’s Singles:

Michelle Lee (CAN) bt Soniia Cheah 21-14, 21-10

Women’s Doubles:

Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Ekaterina Bolotova-Alina Davletova (RUS) 21-17, 21-12

Mixed Doubles:

[6] Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Robin Tabeling-Selena Piek (NED) 21-18, 21-13 Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai bt Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas Mentari (INA) 23-21, 21-13[3] Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA) bt Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing 21-12, 21-17. – Bernama