The duo win the first game but fail to keep the momentum going, allowing the South Koreans to force a decider.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s title drought in the home Open continues.
For the second year running, no local shuttler will be in the semifinals of the Malaysia Open after the nation’s remaining hope, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, were sent packing 21-16, 18-21, 13-21 by world champions Kang Min Hyuk-Seo Seung Jae of South Korea in the men’s doubles quarterfinals here last night.
The last Malaysian to win at the Malaysia Open was Lee Chong Wei, who won his record 12th men’s singles crown in the 2018 edition.
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In last night’s quarterfinal clash at the almost-packed Axiata Arena, Aaron-Wooi Yik gave the home crowd a huge lift by taking the first game 21-16 but the world No 3 failed to keep the momentum going to allow the South Koreans to nick the second game and force a decider.
Despite giving a good fight in the early stages, Aaron-Wooi Yik ran out of steam as Min Hyuk-Seung Jae romped home with aplomb to seal their place in the semi-finals.