KUALA LUMPUR: National top-ranked men’s doubles pair, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik start off their campaign with a winning at the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England, on Wednesday.

The 8th-seeded pair who is world number 10th, defeated their teammate, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Muhd Rumsani winning 21-15 and 21-17 in the opening round match at the Arena Birmingham, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in their website www.bwfworldtour.bwfbadminton.com.

National professional men’s doubles pair, Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi also advanced into the second round by dislodging young Chinese pair, He Ji Ting and Tan Qiangb 19-21, 21-15 and 21-12 in the US1.1 million (RM4.677 million) tournament. 

In the women doubles pair, two Malaysian representatives — Vivian Hoo Kah Mun-Yap Cheng Wen and Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, also made it to the second round after outgunning their respective opponents.

Hoo and Yap defeated the scratch pair of Nadia Fankhauser and Iris Tabeling (Switzerland/Netherlands) with a 21-13 and 21-17 win, while Mei Kuan and Meng Yean edged Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu of China 15-21, 21-15 and 21-18.

First round results:

(Notes: Malaysian unless states and [  ] denotes seedings)

Men’s Singles:

Lee Zii Jia bt [6] Jonatan Christie (INA) 21-15, 21-13

Men’s Doubles:

Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi bt He Ji Ting-Tan Qiang (CHN) 19-21, 21-15, 21-12

[8] Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Muhd Rumsani 21-15, 21-17

Women’s Singles:

[5] Ratchanok Intanon (THA) bt Soniia Cheah 21-9, 21-11

Women’s Doubles:

Vivian Hoo Kah Mun-Yap Cheng Wen bt Nadia Fankhauser-Iris Tabeling (SWI/NED) 21-13, 21-17

Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Li Wen Mei-Zheng Yu (CHN) 15-21, 21-15, 21-18

Mixed Doubles:

Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haningtyas Mentari (INA) bt [7] Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-16, 21-11

[6] Seo Seung Jae-Chae Yu Jung (KOR) bt Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai 21-12, 21-13

Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing bt Joshua Hurlburt Yu-Josephine Wu (CAN) 21-16, 21-11

–Bernama