Tze Yong is the only Malaysian left standing in Thailand Masters

KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Ng Tze Yong was the only Malaysian shuttler left standing at the Thailand Masters today.

The world No 29 advanced to the quarter-finals with a commanding 21-16, 21-8 win over South Korea's Heo Kwang Hee to prevent a wipeout of Malaysian shuttlers as early as the second round.

Tze Yong will take on fourth seed Angus Ng of Hong Kong for a place in the semi-finals.

Angus advanced after eliminating Malaysian world No 44 Cheam June Wei 21-9, 12-21, 21-9.

All the other Malaysians in the doubles events crashed out.

In men's doubles, recently reunited independent pairs Ng Eng Cheong-Low Hang Yee and Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub-Low Juan Shen found their opponents too strong.

Eng Cheong-Hang Yee went down 21-10, 21-15 to All England winners Shobihul Fikri-Bagas Maulana while Azriyn-Juan Shen only had themselves to blame after squandering a 19-16 lead in the second game and losing 14-21, 21-19, 21-16 to Taiwan's Chiu Hsiang Chieh-Yang Ming Tse.

Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See failed to get off to a good start as an independent pair. The duo, playing in their first tournament since quitting the national team last December, were sent packing 21-19, 21-15 by Amri Syahnawi-Winny Oktavina Kandow of Indonesia.

So far, no Malaysians have won any title in the first three World Tour tournaments of this year. Aaron Cheah-Soh Wooi Yik came closest to winning, finishing second in the India Open.

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