KUALA LUMPUR: National No 1 Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai lived up to their top billing by checking into the mixed doubles second round of the Barcelona Spain Masters today.
The World No 9 took only 24 minutes to see off the mixed combination of Israel’s Misha Zilberman and Belarus’ Katsiaryna Zablotskaya 21-11, 21-11 in the first round at the Vall d'Hebron Olympic Sports Centre in Barcelona.
Soon Huat-Shevon play India’s Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N.Sikki Reddy for a place in Friday’s quarter-finals.
“Expectations are for us to win the tournament. But, we do not want to psych ourselves out.
“We will focus on one match at a time,” said Shevon.
In the men’s doubles, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani both cleared the first round with ease on Tuesday.
Aaron-Wooi Yik thrashed Spain’s Oriol Altimira-Jofre Comella 21-8, 21-4 while Sze Fei-Izzuddin upstaged Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding-Carsten Mogensen 21-14, 21-19.
World No 8 Aaron-Wooi Yik play Germany’s Bjarne Geiss-Jan Colin Volker.
Sze Fei-Izzuddin take on Taiwan’s Liao Min Chun-Su Ching Heng Thursday.