Malaysia’s challenge at Spain Masters ends

Second-seeded Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik defeated by pair from Denmark. (Reuters pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s challenge at Spain Masters has ended as the remaining shuttlers, including one pair, crashed out in the semifinals in Barcelona on Saturday.

National No 1 men’s pair, second-seeded Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik’s hopes to continue their impressive run in the US$170,000 tournament were dashed when they lost 21-16, 24-22 by fourth seeds Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark.

It was their third defeat to the Danish pair in seven meetings.

Men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren also faced a similar fate after losing 21-10, 21-19 to the top seed and world No 5 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in another last four tie.

Astrup and Skaarup Rasmussen will meet top seeds Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin in the final later today after the Taiwanese pair edged out their seventh-seeded teammates Lu Ching Yao-Yang Po Han 21-14, 21-16.

Meanwhile, Axelsen will take on unseeded Kunlavut Vitidsarn after the Thailand shuttler defeated Ajay Jayaram of India 22-20, 21-12.