In their second-round match in Axiata Arena, Aaron (right)-Wooi Yik fended off a strong challenge from Gi Jung-Sa Rang to win 21-18, 21-18. – Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR (July 7): National top men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik today continued their winning ways against South Korea’s Kim Gi Jung-Kim Sa Rang to step into the quarter-finals of the 2022 Malaysia Masters here.

In their second-round match in Axiata Arena, Aaron-Wooi Yik fended off a strong challenge from Gi Jung-Sa Rang to win 21-18, 21-18.

This is Aaron-Wooi Yik’s second straight win against the South Koreans, whom they first beat 21-18, 11-21, 21-11 in the first round of the 2022 Indonesian Open.

The world number six will play Taiwanese duo Chang Ko-Chi-Po Li-Wei tomorrow.

Ko-Chi-Li-Wei had earlier eliminated another national pair, Chang Yee Jun-Yap Roy King, 14-21, 21-11, 21-10.

Aaron said they still need to work on their focus while leading to prevent their opponents from catching up.

“Now we need to find a solution to this problem,” he told reporters after the match.

Wooi Yik vowed to give 100 per cent in tomorrow’s action to stay on course in the hunt for their first ever world tour title.

In the all-Malaysian second-round affair, Wan Arif Wan Junaidi-Muhammad Haikal Nazri earned their last-eight ticket after they outlasted Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun, 21-18, 21-14 in a match that lasted only 35 minutes.

They will meet the 2022 Malaysia Open runners-up, Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianton after the Indonesians knocked out the Thai pair, Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren, 21-14, 21-14.

Meanwhile, the professional duo, Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen were indeed unlucky as they had to withdraw from today’s action against 2022 Malaysia Open champion, Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi of Japan.

This came after V Shem was tested Covid-19 positive today.

“Tested positive this afternoon, so I have to pull out from the match today, Stay safe everyone,” V Shem said on his Instagram. – Bernama

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