KUALA LUMPUR: Men’s doubles Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik admitted to being disappointed with their Barcelona Spain Masters semi-final exit on Saturday.
In the absence of several top pairs, including those from China, Aaron-Wooi Yik failed to capitalise on the advantage, losing 21-16, 24-22 to Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
The World No 8 know that they must buck up as things are about to get tougher with the return of China players, who have received the green light to compete in Europe, despite fears of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Speaking to Timesport from Barcelona, Aaron said: “Yes, my partner and I are extremely disappointed.
“This was a great opportunity and we squandered it.
“We must accept the fact that players from China are going to come back stronger as they have missed out on a few tournaments, so they won’t want to waste time.”
Aaron-Wooi Yik were not the only disappointment in Spain as both national mixed doubles Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing also blew their chances to earn ranking points for a better chance at qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in July.
World No 10 Kian Meng-Pei Jing crashed out in the second round, while World No 9 Soon Huat-Shevon were sent packing in the quarter-finals.
National No 1 women’s doubles Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean were also a let down. They too failed to clear the last eight.
The players have very little time to dwell on their poor performances as they are expected to bounce back at the German Open next week.
All the national doubles players in Barcelona, including men's doubles Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and womenss pair Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen, left for Paris yesterday to train with the French national team for the next one week before heading to Germany.
“We have to thank the BA of Malaysia for this. It would have taken a toll on us if we had to fly back to Asia and then back to Europe.
“Hopefully we do better in the German Open," added Aaron.