MEN'S doubles pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik are the only Malaysians who made it into the semi-final stage of the Badminton World Championships in Tokyo on Friday (26 August).
The world No.6 duo defeated South Korea's Choi Soi-gyu and Seo Seung-jae 21-18, 21-16 in 40 minutes to advance out of the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
In Saturday's semi-finals, Chia and Soh will face India's world No.7 pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who took 75 minutes before seeing off Japan's world No.2 duo Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi 24-22, 15-21, 21-14.
There was no joy for Malaysian shuttlers in the mixed doubles quarter-finals, however.
World No.11 pair Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing were no match for their last-eight opponents, top-seeded Chinese duo Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, who easily won 9-21, 9-21 in 28 minutes.
Malaysia's other mixed doubles pair, veterans Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai, were also up against higher-ranked opponents in Japan's world No.3 Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino. After a 40-minute battle, the Malaysia duo came up short, losing 17-21, 13-21 to exit the competition.
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