KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Two Malaysian professional representatives – Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (men’s doubles) and Liew Daren (men’s singles) – got off to a good start at the 2022 All England Open badminton championships to qualify for the second tour in Birmingham, England, today.
Eighth-seeded Yew Sin-Ee Yi had no problem clearing his first hurdle at Utilita Arena when he beat local duo Callum Hemming-Steven Stallwood 21-14, 21-12.
The 2021 World Championship bronze medalists will face the winners of the all-Indonesia affair between Muhammad Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana and Pramudya Kusumawardana-Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan in the second round tomorrow.
Hemming, however, will meet Yew Sin again later in the day. Hemming will team up with Jessica Pugh to take on Yew Sin-Goh Liu Ying in the first round of mixed doubles.
Unseeded Daren beat Frenchman Toma Junior Popov 21-15, 21-19 in the first round but faces a tough task as he faces fourth seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan for a spot in the last eight on Friday.
Tien Chen previously defeated Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-10, 21-19.
Meanwhile, several Malaysian commuters, including defending men’s singles champion Lee Zii Jia, Tokyo 2020 men’s double bronze medalist Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and new German Open 2022 champion Goh Sze Fei -Nur Izzuddin Rumsani, are set to make their first-round bow in the world’s oldest badminton tournament later today.
Sixth-seeded Zii Jia will face Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto; Fourth-seeded Aaron-Wooi Yik will face Scotsman Christopher Grimley-Matthew Grimley; and Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin will face China’s He Ji Ting-Tan Qiang. — Bernama