MEN’S doubles Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik concluded their debut in the BWF World Tour Finals with a consolation win, but not before some anxious moments in Guangzhou yesterday.
Aaron-Wooi Yik, who missed out on an opportunity to reach the last four after their narrow three-game defeat to Taiwan‘s Lee Yang-Wang Chi Lin on Thursday, overcame another Taiwan pair Lu Ching Yao-Yang Po Han 21-17, 19-21, 21-19 in 62 minutes.
It wasn’t plain-sailing though for the young Malaysian pair who were forced to come from behind in the third game before securing their maiden victory in Group B.
The Sea Games champions had trailed on several occasions but made their move in the closing stages of the third game.
“We are disappointed for not being able to reach the semi-finals but we did our best here,” said Aaron.
“Winning the Sea Games gold and also getting some wins over top-10 pairs in recent tournaments have given us more motivation ahead of the Olympic qualifying tournaments.”
The World No 12 are in a battle with independent pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, the World No 11, to claim an Olympic qualifying spot for the Tokyo edition next year.
The Olympic qualifying period ends in April next year.
In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying ended their campaign without a win when they were thrashed 21-10, 21-8 by South Korea’s Seo Seung Jae-Chae Yujung in their final Group A match.