October 27, 2022
PETALING JAYA – It was a nightmare start for Malaysia in the French Open when world champions Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and singles ace Lee Zii Jia suffered shock defeats in the first round.
Aaron-Wooi Yik, who were looking to bounce back from their semi-final exit in the Denmark Open recently, suffered their worst result in an Open tournament this year when they went down 13-21, 14-21 to China’s Japan Open champions Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang in Paris yesterday.
It was also the world No. 4 first defeat in the opening round of a World Tour event in almost two years.
The last time they crashed out in the first round was at the Thailand Open last January.
Aaron-Wooi Yik were also beaten by world No. 37 Chinese pair in the quarter-finals of the Indonesian Masters in June.
In the men’s singles, Denmark Open runners-up Zii Jia lost to the same opponent for the second time this year when he fell 18-21, 19-21 to Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren.
The Malaysian was also upstaged his world No. 24 opponent in the second round of the Malaysian Open in June.
The loss was a huge blow to Zii Jia, who had reached a career-high No. 2 in the world rankings just a day earlier.
Zii Jia seemed to have regained his confidence after a string of disappointing results in the Malaysian Open, World Championships and Japan Open in June to August.
But his latest premature exit looks to have put the 24-year-old back to square one.
China’s Shi Yuqi, who denied Zii Jia in the Denmark Open final, also suffered a shock 16-21, 14-21 loss to Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s bad day was compounded by mixed pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie’s surprise 14-21, 10-21 defeat to Indonesia’s Rehan Naufal-Lisa Ayu.
In women’s doubles, independent pair Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien also went down 21-6, 13-21, 18-21 to Scotland’s Julie Macpherson-Ciara Torrance.
Men’s singles: Shesar Hiren (Ina) bt Lee Zii Jia 21-19, 21-18; Sitthikom Thammasin (Tha) bt Shi Yuqi (Chn) 21-16, 21-14.
Men’s doubles: Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun bt Lucas CorveeRonan Labar (Fra) 21-16, 21-17; Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi bt Christopher Grimley-Matthew Grimley (Sco) 21-18, 21-13; Ben Lane-Sean Vendy (Eng) bt Jeppe Bay-Lasse Molhede (Den) 21-19, 21-7; Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt M. R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila (Ind) 21-15, 21-16; Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang (Chn) bt Aaron ChiaSoh Wooi Yik 21-13, 21-14.
Women’s singles: Mia Blichfeldt (Den) bt Iris Wang (US) 21-18, 21- 16; He Bingjiao (Chn) bt Line Kjaersfeldt (Den) 21-8, 21-13.
Women’s doubles: Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) 21-13, 22-20; Jeong Na-eun-Kim Hyejeong (Kor) bt Deborre Jille-Cheryl Seinen (Ned) 21-14, 21-16; Baek Ha-na-Lee-So-hee (Kor) bt Zhang Shuxian-Zheng Yu (Chn) 21-17, 21- 12; Julie Macpherson-Ciara Torrance (Sco) bt Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 6-21, 21-13, 21-18.
Mixed doubles: Terry Hee-Jessica Tan (Sin) bt William Villeger-Anne Tran (Fra) 21-14, 21-12; Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Mikkel Mikkelsen-Rikke Soby (Den) 21-11, 21-12; Rehan Naufal-Lisa Ayu (Ina) bt Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai 21-14, 21-10.