Aaron-Wooi Yik feeling unstoppable in Hangzhou

HANGZHOU: Former world champions Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik believe they have the right mindset and form to do well here at the Asian Games.

The world No. 5 men's doubles duo reached the quarter-finals on Wednesday, following a convincing 21-12, 21-14 win over Thailand's Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren of Thailand.

Although no athlete wishes to lose, Aaron-Wooi Yik are more focused on not losing their current momentum.

Since arriving in Hangzhou, Aaron-Wooi Yik have yet to lose a match and they were the only ones to contribute a point for Malaysia in last week's 3-1 defeat to South Korea in the men's team first round.

"I wouldn't claim that our game is perfect, but we are definitely on the mark. It's all about staying focused and maintaining our mental game in each match.

"I'd like to say we're enjoying ourselves, but also very focused," said Aaron, who is ready to face any opponent next.

Wooi Yik is also looking calm and composed.

When asked if they had a slight advantage playing the Thais, since Supak also played in the mixed team event earlier in the day, Wooi Yik replied: "Yes, we were well aware of this. He had a very little time to recover, and we capitalised on this small advantage.

"However, even if that weren't the case, we were confident in beating them. We've got good rhythm here.

"In my mind right now, it's not only about winning, but having that right mindset when we're on court, and focusing on getting our game plan right."

Known for peaking at major events, Aaron-Wooi Yik will play reigning world champions Kang Min Hyuk-Seo Seung Jae of South Korea or China's and Liu Yu Chen-Ou Xuan Yi next.

In the last two encounters with both pairs, Aaron-Wooi Yik came out tops.

The Malaysians defeated the China duo last month en route to winning the bronze at the World Championships in Copenhagen. As for the Koreans, Aaron-Wooi Yik defeated them in the team event last week.

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