Roy King-Wan Arif raises eyebrows, upset by Taiwanese world number 21

Roy King-Wan Arif raises eyebrows, upset by Taiwanese world number 21
Descriptive text here
-

PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles shuttlers Yap Roy King-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi stole the show at the Thailand Open by scoring a stunning victory over Taiwanese world number 21 Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han to reach second round.

Roy King-Arif, currently ranked No. 64 in the world, fought brilliantly to come from behind and eclipse his much higher ranked opponents 16-21, 21-13, 21-16 in 63 minutes yesterday in Bangkok.

It was the young duo’s biggest victory since their combined victory last year.

Roy King-Arif, who finished second at the Spanish Masters in Madrid in March, will next face Danish world number 34 Daniel Lundgaard-Mads Vestergaard for a place in the last eight.

It was double joy for Roy King after he also reached the second round of the mixed doubles with Valeree Siow.

The duo beat Hong Kong duo Lui Chun Wai-Fu Chi Yan 21-19, 21-17 and will next face local favorites and 2021 world champions Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

Meanwhile, Orleans Masters champions Choong Hon Jian-Mohd Haikal Nazri are also safely through to the second round of the men’s doubles after a confident 21-16, 21-11 victory over Scots Christopher Grimley and Matthew Grimley.

Hosts Pharanyu Kaosamaang-Worrapol Thongsanga stand in Hon Jian-Haikal’s path to the quarter-finals.

Hon Jian also combined well with Go Pei Kee in mixed doubles to win against local pair Neuaduang Mangkornloi-Atitaya Povanon 21-10, 21-15.

The pair will next have a tough task against Indonesian world number 21 Rehan Naufal-Lisa Ayu.

In men’s singles, world number 37 Leong Jun Hao also did well, beating Taiwanese world number 30 Su Li-yang 14-21, 21-15, 21-17.

Jun Hao was relieved to have survived his tricky opening test.

-

“It was a difficult match for me and I had to stay patient in the rallies,” Jun Hao said in a post-match interview with SPOTV.

“The draft is quite strong in the stadium and I needed time to adapt to the conditions. I’m happy to get the victory in the end.

Jun Hao will, however, have an uphill battle against homester and reigning world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn.

World number 10 Lee Zii Jia also booked his place in the second round after ousting Chinese world number 33 Lei Lan Xi 21-17, 23-21.

Zii Jia will next face South Korean world number 43 Jeon Hyeok-jin for a place in the last eight.

RESULTS

(Malaysians only)

Premier tour

Men’s singles: Leong Jun Hao contre Su Li-yang 14-21, 21-15, 21-17, Lee Zii Jia contre Lei Lanxi (Chn) 21-17, 23-21.

Men’s doubles: Yap Roy King-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi avec Lu Ching-yao-Yang Po-han (Tpe) 16-21, 21-13, 21-16, Choong Hon Jian-Mohd Haikal Nazri avec Christopher Grimley-Matthew Grimley (Sco) 21 -16, 21-11 ; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty (Ind) contre Tan Wee Kiong-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub 21-13, 21-13 ; Pharanyu Kaosamaang-Worrapol Thongsanga (Tha) avec Chia Weijie-Liew Xun 21-19, 21-12 ; Daniel Lundgaard-Mads Vestergaard (Den) contre Beh Chun Meng-Goh Boon Zhe 22-20, 21-12.

Simple dames : Supanida Katethong (Tha) bt K. Letshanaa 21-12, 21-10.

Doubles mixtes : Yap Roy King-Valeree Siow contre Lui Chun Wai-Fu Chi Yan (Hkg) 21-19, 21-17 ; Choong Hon Jian-Go Pei Kee contre Neuaduang Mangkornloi-Atitaya Povanon (Tha) 21-10, 21-15.

-

-

PREV Rafael Nadal ready for the Roland-Garros final – .
NEXT Indian national cricket team: ‘You had decided you didn’t want senior players’: Irfan Pathan questions Indian team selection process ahead of T20 World Cup